Jesse Carlsson


Melbourne, Australia


Jesse Carlsson is a former age-group BMX world champion, theoretical physics PhD, private equity investor, Curve Cycling director and ultra-endurance cyclist. He has a keen interest in testing his physical and mental limits in multi-day, unsupported races. After an ankle reconstruction ended his BMX career, he thought his competitive racing days were over. However, years later, he left 30-second BMX races behind to compete in some of the longest races on offer. Not only a racer, Jesse now stages his own events which have attracted the strongest endurance cyclists on the planet.

Key Cycling Achievements:

  • 2013 – Tour Divide – 2nd
  • 2015 – Trans Am – 1st

Dream Bikepacking Trip

I would love to ride Lhasa to Kathmandu on the Friendship Highway. While it’s only 1,000km (with a few side trips), it has several passes higher than 5,000m elevation as it crosses the Himalayas. The route offers views of the world’s highest peaks, including Everest.

Advice for New Bikepackers:

Bikepacking is an opportunity to reconnect with that sense of adventure that we all had when we first got a bike. Our first bikes allowed us to explore beyond our backyard. Get some maps and plot out an adventure; even better if it’s one that scares you a little.

Other Passions:

I’m keen to stage more bikepacking events in Australia. Our remote and barren outback will hopefully offer a great stage for some tough bikepacking showdowns in the future.