Submitted by Jeff Potter on June 14, 2010 - 11:15am
Hi all! (Sorry about the beer ad title rip-off...but I like it!)
Well, our race is under way and the thrill is back.
Yes, it's our race -- follow it a bit and you'll see why. I think it's because it first belongs to the land, then to the riders. It's personal, homemade and developing before our eyes: how lucky we are to be in on it!
Organizer Matthew Lee invited me to pitch in on the Updates -- thanks! Paul is posting marvelously savvy news. Having raced it last year, he knows the route and a bunch of riders. He's also a top-notch reporter -- our good fortune. Me, I'm an armchair fan following the race like anyone can, trying to find the special windows in on the action that the Internet can give us. (My background is that I run the DIY/indie/homestyle outdoor website http://OutYourBackDoor.com.)
It always takes me a few days each year to get into the race-following flow, but I'm finally catching on, this go-round.
The storylines come at us from several directions. So a newcomer might wonder, Where to start? Or, they might not even see any action at all at first.
Here's my guide to following the TD...
First, start here with Paul's Updates. Then hop over to the SPOT Leaderboard. From there hop over to the rightside menubar "Race Coverage" items -- that's where you find your main race-following links. Don't miss it!
I suggest diving into the ongoing chat at BikePacking.net. Then go back to the Leaderboard and see how you can choose any assortment of racers to display and zoom in on or single out. Read more »
Time and call-ins have revealed more. Shawn Sheppard is not still in Banff, even though his blue dot is. He is, in fact, recovering from stomach issues in Eureka, where he’s being kept company by at least Jim Helms, Jeff Kerby, Tony Huston, Tom Santacroce and Suzanne Marcoe. They may seem a long way behind the leaders but, as Kent ‘Mountain Turtle’ Peterson alluded to in his latest call in, slow and steady may yet win the race; or at least get to the end of the race. I was also in Eureka after 3 days last year and finished in 27.
Bob Moczynski would likely have been with them had it not been for his unfortunate, collar-breaking fall on the descent from Galton Pass. Let’s hope he’s safely home now and recovers quickly. Another rider has pulled the plug – Bob Marr, due to respiratory issues – and many more are beginning to reveal sore knees, dodgy tummies, general fatigue and creaking bikes, all of which may have the unfortunate consequence of causing people to pack.
It should not be forgotten that the attrition rate in the Tour Divide is high – last year there were only 16 official finishers, and only 21 made it to Antelope Wells, out of 42 starters. Which of the riders have already pushed themselves too far and will not recover, and which have started slowly but will pick up speed remains to be seen, of course, but both scenarios are likely to be repeated several times during the race.
Submitted by Kevin Montgomery on June 13, 2010 - 8:37pm
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MTBCast: Lots of folks calling in last night and today. Jeff Kerby found himself in the Coal Miner Days Festival “parade” in Sparwood. And Mathew Lee and Dave Blumenthal called in after crossing the border this evening.
The MP3 cast is here!
Though please use the RSS link or iTunes!