Swamp of doom bike riding illustration by Justin Short.

A Bikepacking Odyssey

By Justin M. Short  The Cross-Washington Mountain Bike Race, or XWA as we’ve come to call it, is a 700+ mile self-supported ultra bikepacking race that crosses the great state of Washington—from the picturesque sea stacks of La Push on the Olympic Peninsula to Tekoa, a mere 40 miles south of Spokane. The XWA route and its “Grand …

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