Episode 48 – April Drage
Bikepacking the 2023 Tour Divide
This episode features the amazing story of April Drage – an ultra endurance cyclist who this year took on her dream race of the 2023 Tour Divide – an event that is often seen as the premier off-road bikepacking race. But to April this was more than just a race – it was what she termed her ‘cycling holiday’ and it was a pure joy for her to ride an event that had been a goal of hers for years.
This wasn’t April’s first off-road bikepacking event – indeed, she has quite an impressive palmarès, and we spoke about her experiences of riding the Race to the Rock as well as the Rhino Run. What was so clear to me as I spoke with April is that riding her bike in this style over long distances is a pure joy. She is fully immersed in her surroundings and truly enjoys every moment. Having spent two decades working as a social worker it was clear to her that she needed a change – and as April put it – bikepacking has allowed her to feel again – something she wasn’t sure was still possible for her.
Now April is fully immersed in the bikepacking world – and a career change now sees her working at Curve in Melbourne, where she also leads weekly social rides and helps others to get into the sport. It was such a pleasure to chat with April and hear her speak so positively about how the world of bikepacking and ultra distance cycling has been so enriching for her.