Another quick update (while Matthew Lee is about to tackle the vertiginous descent of Mount Fleecer, Erik Lobeck is only a couple of hours behind and the fight to limit the gap to the two leaders is inspiring a battle royale on the way into Helena) to say that I've just had a message here in the UK to say that Heather Dawe has had to withdraw due to illness. Apparently, she'd felt unwell and stopped at Swan Lake, hoping to recover, but has not done so sufficiently to continue. Let's hope she gets well soon.
A quick update - just had a message from Alan Goldsmith here in the UK pointing to a story on Christina Domecq and Simon Temple's website saying that they've pulled out. No direct confirmation to TD yet though.
Here’s one of the wonders of the Tour Divide. In spite of the rigours and risks involved, humour is never far below the surface and, once the routine of ‘Eat, Sleep, Ride – Great Divide’ has set in, the call-ins begin to reveal the importance of maintaining a sense of humour as some sort of coping strategy.
David Goldberg has already baffled us with his HAFEs (still don’t know what they are) and Stephen Huddle has now confirmed that his mascot – Henry the green engine from the Thomas the Tank Engine stories – is bringing him good luck and good cheer (don’t worry, it’s to do with the old rail trail section they’ll encounter in Idaho that we rode together last year).
Then there are the pearls of wisdom and humour from the Mountain Turtle, Kent Peterson. ‘My strategy of starting out slow, and then backing off, is working our perfectly. I’m pretty sure I’ve lulled Matthew Lee into a false sense of security.’ I feel a new parable coming on – the Turtle and the Hare.
Back on the trail, it sounds like Richmond Peak is indeed an even more significant challenge this year due to the amount of snow. Dave Blumenthal described about two miles of intermittent snow on the climb, including a sketchy traverse across steep ground and some very annoying trees – I remember them well. In fact, the air might still be blue given the volume and quantity of the expletives they inspired when I passed through. ‘Kind of annoying,’ said Dave. He’s obviously not a man to be provoked easily.
Submitted by Kevin Montgomery on June 15, 2010 - 1:50am
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MTBCast: Jim Helms pulls out with some health concerns, the Mountain Turtle reveals his strategy and recalls old times, and Bob Moczynski’s wife sends an update on Bob and some thanks! Our leader, Matthew Lee is beyond Helena today!
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