Paul Spencer

Hometown

Denver, Colorado

Biography

Although I’ve enjoyed riding since I was a young boy living in North Wales, I started cycling seriously as an alternative form of exercise to skiing – and to save my knees!

The madness started with a dare and a ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats – four days and 880 miles later, I proved my point. Since then, I’ve become a lot more serious about training and preparation, but I really do enjoy this sort of endurance challenge. The truth is that I just love riding, and riding different bikes given half a chance. Riding my bike relaxes me, calms me down, and gives me plenty of time to think about and plan all sorts of projects.

Dream Bikepacking Trip

I dream of cycling around the world. It’s a little insane, but I want to ride a pedal boat across the ocean and a bike across the land – truly riding round the world.

Proudest Bikepacking Moment:

Finishing the Colorado Trail Race on the second attempt. 550 miles of mostly single track, over some rather big mountains.

Advice for New Bikepackers

  1. You need a lot less than you think.
  2. Keep eating.

Key Cycling Achievements:

  •    2011 Tour D’Afrique Cairo to Cape Town
  •    2013 7th place Colorado Trail Race
  •    2013 World Record fastest cycle across Europe
  •    2014 1st place Hoodoo 500
  •    2014 1st place 24 hours in the Canyon