After 700 miles of challenging riding and weather I have pulled of the Tour Divide with a knee injury. Dissapointed “YES” but thankful to have ridden this far with some wonderful inspirational people. The people you meet on an event like this is what make it what it is, the hardest part has been to see many of them ride off today and continue there … Continue reading Tough call!!
Last night, Jeff and a few others reached Lincoln after a cold run through Richmond Peak. It has been a very hard time for a lot of the riders and many are succumbing to hypothermia, injuries, or other sicknesses. I asked Jeff why he hasn’t been getting hypothermia and he credits it to eating constantly and keeping moving. Do I detect a South Pole traverse … Continue reading The Upside of Hypothermia
The rain hasn’t let up and it looks like another bout of snow in the evening. Jeff is going to try to push on to Seeley Lake, Montana today which is about 120 miles away. He has to pass through Richmond Peak, which is supposed to be a hard pass without snow, rain, and ice. Richmond Peak is seen at about the 6:30 mark on … Continue reading Keep On, Keepin’ On
Tough trails. Tough weather. Tough bikes. Tough riders. Talk about falling asleep with cookies in your mouth. I didn’t think it was possible. Today has been really tough as far as the weather. How do you train for this experience? Especially when you live in a flat coastal region? There is variety of experience levels and I’m already better prepared for what to expect after three … Continue reading “Tough” is the word of the day.
The weather through Canada and into Montana was described as “grueling” by some of the racers. After slopping through trails turned into rivers and sleeping through snowy nights, it looks like Jeff has made it into Whitefish, Montana into a grocery store on Monday. He seems to be on par with a lot of the other riders and is still clocked at 25 days. Fuel up … Continue reading Fueling Up
These are the links we’re using to stay up to speed with where the racers are at. Jeff isn’t using a SpotTracker so hopefully he will be able to call in once he crosses the border. Visual of the location of the racers: http://trackleaders.com/tourdivide14 Call In site: http://mtbcast.com/site2/category/td14/ *The racers are using this site and one other to call in and leave messages on … Continue reading Staying Up to Date
It’s a rainy start to the race in Banff, but the riders are excited and ready to go! With a yell and a whistle, they set off into the wilderness of Canada. See you on the other side! Continue reading Get Your Engines Ready!
Susanne and I are up here in beautiful Banff, Canada for the start of the Tour Divide. What a fitting place to start such an adventure!! Beautiful peaks surround us in every direction. The snow has mostly gone off the tops now that summer has arrived, this is a is a good thing as we have a couple of 10 thousand ft passes to climb … Continue reading Acclimatization and Grizzly Bears
The race is getting closer by the day!! Today has been the job of putting all of my equipment and bike into a box that seems to be to small for the job!! After numerous pack and repacks and quickly tapping down the lid, all is packed ready for the easy part of the trip North on board Delta Airlines. My next job is to … Continue reading Tour Divide Preparation