Ninth Annual Photo Contest Extra

When we launched our latest photo contest, we settled on five categories, hoping to home in on incredible shots from (mostly) the U.S., and even our own route network, specifically the Great Divide, which turns 20 this year. But then we had to ask: what if an epic photo from a camp in a national forest along Adventure Cycling’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route blows us away — could it win everything? Luckily we had great entries in all five categories spanning experiences grand and granular from the road. Check out the top shots in each category in the June issue of Adventure Cyclist

Adventure Cycling Route Network

Riding Highway 24 in Capitol Reef National Park en route to Argentina. Photo by Luba Lapsanska.
Springtime bloom on the Texas Hill Country Route. Photo by Joseph Hood.
Leaving Waterton Lakes National Park on Great Parks North. Photo by Eric Schoen.
Wheat fields near Grangeville, Idaho on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. Photo by Scott Diamond.

Around Camp

Early morning view of Afghanistan across the Panj River. Photo by Gayle Dickson.
Sunset in Wyoming's Divide Basin. Photo by Eric Hyde.
On the way to Qalai Khumb in Tajikistan. Photo by Arne Welzel.
Reveling in the freedom of wild camping. Photo by Noémie Looker-Anselme.
Drying gear in Chile's Tierra del Fuego. Photo by Sarah Burch.


Rigging up rail bikes in North Sudan in 1982. Photo by Steven Williams.
Crossing without the help of a bridge in Tajikistan. Photo by Gayle Dickson.
The Kjolur Route is one of two roads through the middle of Iceland. Photo by Gayle Dickson.
Weaving through the Andes in southern Peru. Photo by Sara Dykman.
Finding other cyclists on the road (and sheep) in Central Asia. Photo by Noémie Looker-Anselme.

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Cruising down Marshall Pass, Colorado. Photo by Jacinta Creten.
Seeking solitude in the Divide's vastness. Photo by Frank Abbing.
Trying to rejoin the trail after getting lost near Eureka, Montana. Photo by Mike Nordstrom.
Day 1 about 40 miles south of Banff, Alberta. Photo by Mike Dicken.
Riding through a burn near Spray Lakes, Canada. Photo by Sarah Burch.

Parks + Public Land

Celebrating International Women's Day with an overnight on the Yanert River, Alaska. Photo by Kate Batten.
Route 3 in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire. Photo by Gayle Dickson.
Dust-hued giants in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, California. Photo by Luba Lapsanska.
Riding down the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Photo by John Cassano.
Descending through Gunnison National Forest on a 10-day trip in Colorado. Photo by Trent Pearce.