The first official bikepacking event was the Tour Divide (but with a different name then) in the United States, in 2008. Brian Alder Bikepacking has taken Brian Alder all over the world, including high above the glaciers in Xinjiang Province, China. Two years later he was on the startline for the 2014 Great Southern Brevet, his first bikepacking event. In New Zealand you're allowed to draft whereas on all the overseas bikepacking events you aren't. In bikepacking events most people have a particular style that works for them and often that plays to their strengths.
Source: Stuff February 21, 2020 15:56 UTC