Is it possible to go bikepacking on an e-bike?

Spoiler alert - according to Sam Jones, the answer is a resounding 'yes'

A group of riders on an ebikepacking trip
(Image credit: Sam Jones)

“TURRRRRRBO!” laughed Katherine, as she shot up the steep Cornish slope on her laden gravel bike. Our small group of different riders, strangers until a couple of hours ago, followed suite with broad grins and the sort of effort you’d imagine elite riders would have when the gradient goes up.

We matched pace and stayed together until we reached the descent down to Cape Cornwall, when the differing descending skills came into play on the rough and ready bridleway down to Britain’s second cape.

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Sam Jones

Sam Jones has worked for nearly 10 years in cycling advocacy and communications. Formerly the Cape Wrath Fellowship custodian, he is a freelance commentator on cycling issues who works in the Surrey Hills on countryside access issues. A keen bikepacker he can be found riding what the UK would like to think is gravel but is actually mostly mud.