What do you do when the aim you have been operating towards for 4 a long time receives postponed? If you are Emily Batty, you sign up for a 9-working day bikepacking expedition traversing Iceland.

Traversing snow in Iceland. Photographers: Chris Burkard, Jordan Rosen

With her return to the Olympic cross country race in Tokyo on hold, Emily Batty refocused. The Canadian mountain bicycle star set her sights on a pretty various goal. A 1,000-km multi-day traverse of Iceland.

The trip assembled an illustrious quartet of riders. Emily Batty and her associate and coach Adam Morka, elite mountain racers, on the one particular hand, and two professional adventurers on the other. Eric Batty, a veteran of a number of brutally cold bikepacking expeditions closer to dwelling, and renowned photographer and filmmaker Chris Burkard.

Emily Batty A Line in the Sand
Crossing remote expanses of desert in Iceland. Photographers: Chris Burkard, Jordan Rosen

Together, the four set out to ride from the Easternmost stage of Iceland, across the centre of the island to the Westernmost level. Alongside the way, they handed by volcanoes and glaciers, via ice-cold and raging rivers, and rode surfaces ranging from deep sand to tarmac.

All of this is documented now in Burkard’s movie, A Line in the Sand, as effectively as in Batty’s personal online video weblog collection.

Chris Burkard: A Line in the Sand

https://www.youtube.com/look at?v=ZpPabcMNLJ0

From Sony

“The Olympics currently being cancelled this calendar year signified so lots of things, but for the athletes, it intended uncertainty in their schooling initiatives and when they would be capable to get again onto the street to the up coming summer game titles. 

For Expert XC mountain biker and lululemon World wide Ambassador Emily Batty, who had been targeted on education for her 3rd consecutive Olympics, the new time she had allowed her to take the journey of a life time and renew her function in coaching and frame of mind. This August, Emily traversed across Iceland by bicycle with her partner, brother and renowned outside filmmaker Chris Burkard, who caught the hauntingly stunning journey on movie and in photos. They rode 75 hours throughout 9 days, bikepacking along the whole way.”

Film Credits
Director: Elli Thor Magnusson
Camera: Daði “Deth” Jonsson, Elli Thor Magnusson
Drone: Steve Lewis
Seem: Ívar Pétur Kjartansson
Colorist: Daði “Deth” Jonsson
Sound Engineer: Sveinbjörn Thorarensen
Govt Producers: Steve Lewis, Chris Burkard, Mike Sandifer
Athletes: Emily Batty, Adam Morka, Eric Batty, Chris Burkard
Supported by: Sony, Lululemon, Redbull, Iceland Air

Emily Batty A Line in the Sand
Coastline-to-Coast in Iceland. Photographers: Chris Burkard, Jordan Rosen

Dive further into adventure with Emily Batty’s Iceland blog

Emily Batty is also documenting her Icelandic bikepacking journey in a sequence of movie blogs. The very first part of Bikepacking Iceland is live now down below:

Emily Batty: Bikepacking Iceland – Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/view?v=BcX4m-6s4es

From Emily Batty:

“Finally! We are revealing the initially of quite a few episodes documenting our bikepacking journey across Iceland. In this episode, we journey to Reykjavik, construct our bikes, purchase all of our riding foodstuff and catch a sunset in Iceland prior to commencing the journey.”