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Thread: Tour Divide: Grand Départ Today!

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    Tour Divide: Grand Départ Today!

    [Well, this is embarrassing! The Grand Départ is tomorrow! Friday! Today (Thursday) is, of course, the Comey hearing. The Comey Hearing Bingo Card is here. The Comey Hearing Bingo Card can also be used as the basis for a drinking game.]

    The Tour Divide Grand Départ is [B tomorrow[/B], Friday, June 9. Our very own SheilaR will be starting the race. If you are not familiar with the Tour Divide, it is a mountain bike race that roughly follows the Continental Divide, and begins tomorrow (Friday) in Banff, Alberta (that's Canada) and ends at Antelope Wells, NM with a distance of (mas a menos) 2700 miles.

    The leader board, which tracks each racer's progress, is here.
    Racers are listed by first name alpha. There are two Sheilas. SheilaR is the Mojo. SheilaR's link is here.

    The (not completely updated) but fairly informative Tour Divide Web site: tourdivide.org

    Spirit: Above all, attempts are intended to be solo/self-supported, self-timed, and observed as one stage, i.e. the clock runs non-stop. The challenge is complete upon arrival to the opposite GDMBR terminus from start. There are no required checkpoints or designated rest periods on course. There is no finish time cut-off; however, current convention considers a competitive Divide Route finish time as approximately 1.5 times (x) course records. Currently this = 25 days (~110 mi/day) for men, and 29.5 days (93 mi/day) for women.
    It's lonely out there:
    Modus operandi: To complete the Route, a rider may resupply food / equipment, rent a room, launder clothing, even service their bike at commercial shops along the way. The intent is to ride unsupported between towns, and function self-supported when in towns. Any services utilized must always be commercially available to all challengers and not pre-arranged. No private resupply, no private lodging.

    Tour Divide strives for equal opportunity within the GC. Whether doing an independent time trial or tackling the grand départ, TD requires that every challenger–from those living along the route to those living on other continents–have an equal playing field. Therefore, outside assistance with navigation, lodging or resupply (especially receipt of supplies from a non-commercial shipper) is prohibited. Visitation: Divide racing is not intended to be a spectator sport! However, route-town locals only may interact with (i.e. visit briefly, cheer on) thru-racers as they pass through their locale. Out-of-town visitation to the GDMBR mid-race from challengers' family or friends–even if only a 'loosely-planned', remote possibility for rider rendezvous–is prohibited.
    Best wishes to all racers! I don't know actual conditions, but there was massive snow pack in many parts of the West this year. Here's hoping that the northerly parts of the route aren't snowshoe-a-bike.

    ETA: SheilaR posted a pic on facebook earlier today in the start area. It was clear and warm, with very little snow on nearby peaks.
    Right now it's 71 and rainy in the area, but not bad.
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    In spite of having a serious fever two nights ago, SheilaR got on her bike and pedaled on. She crossed from Canada into the US today and will probably be 300 miles or more along the route by the end of the day. Considering the length of days at that longitude, the end of the day could be 10 pm.Name:  Screenshot 2017-06-13 at 4.15.15 PM.png
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    At least according to that screenshot, it looks like she's ahead of a bunch of other dots. Now I know this means nothing this early in the event (of which most people are just trying to complete it). But its a good sign that she's fit enough to set a steady pace (even with a fever?!).

    Keep these updates coming.

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    Those other dots are just where her tracker has pinged. Looks like a clump of 6 or so riders have stopped where SheilaR's tracker has stopped. Currently there's a little tent symbol there, so she's stopped for the night. Looks like a broad band of rain is hovering right over the route if they had kept going and they are likely getting some off and on rain right now with a low around 48 for tonight.

    The leaders are getting close to the 800 mile mark in Idaho and heading to Yellowstone Nat'l Park.
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    Ok that makes sense. Closer dots on the climbs and further apart dots on the faster flats.

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    Next stop: Whitefish - hopefully by nightfall. The two Sheilas are both from here, and they are riding together, btw.

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    SheilaR stopped in Whitefish and decided to head home.

    However, the first finisher arrived in Antelope Wells last Saturday and got a shout out from his local paper:

    Atascadero man conquers Continental Divide to win 2,700-mile bike race

    An Atascadero man rode more than 2,700 miles to victory, finishing the punishing “Tour Divide 2017” long-distance “bikepacking” race early Saturday morning.

    Brian Lucido, 41, finished the race — which extends from Banff, Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, near the Mexican border — in just less than 15 days, three days less than he projected. The grueling race follows the Continental Divide.

    “By route’s end a thru-rider will climb nearly 200,000 feet of vertical (equivalent to summiting Mount Everest from sea-level seven times),” it says on the race website. “The route is unmarked and circuitous, requiring navigational acumen. It travels through remote backcountry with Grizzly and Mountain Lion density.”

    ...Lucido traveled an average of more than 182 miles a day, at an average speed of 7.6 mph, according to online tracking information.
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    ...Lucido traveled an average of more than 182 miles a day, at an average speed of 7.6 mph, according to online tracking information

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