What does it take to traverse 600km of ice roads and forest service roads by fats bike throughout distant elements of Northern Canada? How about once you’re planning to make that journey unsupported in February, in the course of the depths of a harsh Canadian winter?

James Bay Descent - Eric Batty
Picture: Eric Batty / James Bay Descent

That’s precisely what the 4 retired professional riders making up the James Bay Descent crew are planning on doing. Former WorldTour professional Ted King is becoming a member of Canadian’s Eric Batty, Buck Miller and Ryan Atkins for the epic quest. Their route will take them from Attawapiskat First Nation in Nunavut all the way down to Clean Rock Falls within the coronary heart of Northeastern Ontario. The aim, together with ending the daunting route safely, is to increase $5,000 for the Timmins Native Friendship Heart.

The 4 not too long ago bought their first check of what they may face when the land on Atamiski Island in early February. Assembly at Atkins’ place within the Adirondacks to check gear and apply being very chilly collectively, they headed out for a 5 hour fats bike journey. Preserving the coaching going, King opted to sleep exterior again up on White Face Mountain. The Adirondacks won’t be Nunavut, however it doesn’t seem like it was significantly tropical, both.

The James Bay Descent crew plans to start out their journey on February 3, 2019. They’ll be begin from Akaminski Island in James Bay, a part of the Qikiqtaaluk Area of Nunavut, and head again to the mainland. The primary cease will likely be Kattawapiskat Elementary College, the place they’ll beet with college students and employees. From there, the crew turns south on the James Bay Winter Street towards Kashechewan. They’ll proceed by way of Fort Albany to Moosonee, the place they’ll cease at Northern Lights Secondary College, after which to Moose Manufacturing unit. Lastly, they’ll push south to complete at Clean Rock Falls in Ontario.

Ought to all go to plan, the riders are planning on ending the 600km unsupported journey in simply 10 days, ending in Clean Rock Falls on February 12th.

The group will likely be touring unsupported by fats bike by way of 5 distant indigenous communities alongside the west coast of James Bay. Beginning with 30km of frozen sea ice, the route is made up of 512km of ice street and 120km of forest entry street earlier than ending on the Trans Canada Freeway in Ontario.

James Bay Descent is aiming to be the primary expedition of its type between Nunavut and Ontario on Fats Bikes in Canada.

The current day journey within the Adirondacks isn’t the one preparation the 4 have put in. Earlier than Ted King singed on, the trio of Batty, Miller and Atkins accomplished a 10-day “warm-up” journey throughout Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park in February 2018. You may watch Batty’s movie concerning the 165km unsupported journey, Crossing Algonquin, beneath:

Concerning the crew:

Ted King

Retired World Tour racer from Sotwe, Vermont. King raced the 2013 Tour de France, and stays a rider for Cannondale alongside along with his podcasting profession.

Eric Batty

Former Canadian Nationwide Group mountain biker, and sister of two time Canadian Olympian Emily Batty, Eric left racing to turn out to be a school professor {and professional} photographer. Residing in Brooklyn, Ont., Batty’s adventures have led him to work with Pink Bull, and his images has been revealed in print and on-line in varied magazines.

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The James Bay Descent route, travelling south from Nunavut into Northern Ontario
Ryan Atkins

Former professional mountain bike racer turned worldwide elite Impediment Course Racer. Together with 4 World’s Toughtest Mudder titles and two World OCR Championships, Atkins is a two time World Unicycle Trials champion and ice climber. He at the moment splits his time between Caledon, Ont. and Keene Valley within the Adirondacks of New York.

Buck Miller

Having spent 5 years residing on James Bay, the previous Canadian Nationwide Group street bicycle owner has essentially the most native information of any of the 4. Miller grew up in Northern Ontario, and was the driving power and organizer behind the 2018 Crossing Algonquin expidition.

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