Submitted by Kevin Montgomery on July 6, 2010 - 11:30am
MTBCast: Dave Preston and Jacob Johnsrud give some final thoughts, Nicolas Senie heads for Silver City with a group behind him near the Beaverhead Word Center. GDR racer Nathan Jones is on the move and calls in from Sargents.
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I’m not sure the Tour Divide has been used as an Internet dating facility before, but Stephen Huddle has at least had the imagination to try. It’s the food you see – he says he’s been eating no worse during the race than his ‘bachelor chow’ at home, which prompted him to wonder if any single women might be interested in meeting him at the finish. Well, you know where to go, and I guess Stephen won’t be too difficult to recognise.
The only issue is timing. Stephen, Cricket Butler, David Tremblay, Brad Perry and Jon Billman all appear to be past the Plains of San Agustin and on the fringes of the Gila. If the weather’s good and the conditions are fair they could make it to the end in a couple of days for a finish in around 26 and a half days. If the weather and conditions are against them they might drift over into Thursday.
It also depends on their motivation levels. Our penultimate night last year (during which we were disturbed by an ungodly howl at 3am, though nobody was eaten) was maybe three hours further on. We arrived in Silver City in mid afternoon, and briefly considered pushing on to the border that night; we’d probably have arrived around midnight or shortly after. Instead we opted for food and a wash and a more peaceful ride into the finish the next day which, with hindsight and given Per’s mishap, was perhaps not the best plan. The logistics of three foreigners getting collected from the middle of the desert – there’s no way we were riding back – was also an issue that took some resolving.
So, we took two days over a slightly shorter distance. If Stephen, Cricket et al… do the same it will be Antelope Wells in the late afternoon or early evening of Wednesday. Read more »
It sounds as though the ‘sprint finish’ I mentioned yesterday was a figment of my imagination. Grant Crosby’s post finish call-in said he and Derek Richert, Tom Moriarty and Jacob Johnsrud all rolled in to the border together, finishing very early in the morning of July fourth (though their split times still show a five minute spread). Shawn Sheppard preceded them by about an hour and a half, and then Dave Preston. (EDIT: In fact, Shawn has just posted a comment to say he finished after Derek, Grant, Tom and Jacob).
So, that’s 17 riders finished already, all in less than 23 days – considerably more riders going considerably faster than previous years, and already the highest number of official finishers. There are also seven riders still on course, of course. Even if they all finish, giving a total of 24 who made it all the way, that will still give an attrition rate of 50%, comparable to the historical figure. Hats off to all who finish, then, but also to all those who made it to the start line. After all, just knowing how high the risk of not making it is is enough to deter lots of people.