TD Race Updates

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MTBCast: Cricket Butler calls in from

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Cricket calls from Sparwood eating breakfast with a couple of riders.

MTBCast: Tom Santacroce calls from Elkford

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Tom Santacroce calls from Elkford where he camped.

MTBCast: Forest Baker calls in from Sparwood

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Forest called in this morning from Sparwood to give an update and say Hi to family.

MTBCast: Stephen Huddle calls in from Elkford

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Stephen Huddle calls in from Elkford after having some pizza.

MTBCast: Mike Gibney is in Elkford

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Mike called in to check in from Elkford.

MTBCast: Dave Preston is in Sparwood

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Dave called in to say he and several others are sharing a hotel room in Sparwood.

Matthew Lee means business

OK, that’s it, the waiting is finally over. They’re off. The racer’s addiction to adrenaline and endurance has begun again, as has our addiction to the blue dots. And, as might be expected, the race has already split into myriad fragments.

 

At the front, Matthew Lee has once again taken a flier. Last year he made it about 20 miles past Sparwood on the first night. I now wake up to find him almost at the end of the Flathead/Cabin pass turn – that’s probably the best part of an extra 30 miles, sometimes pretty rough miles.

 

Kevin Dean and Eric Lobeck, who was on for a 20-ish day finish last year until succumbing to Giardia in New Mexico, have made to where Matthew Lee stopped last time, and then there’s a group in Sparwood who will no doubt be in the US by the end of the day.

 

Further back, there’s a gaggle of riders making the most of Elkford’s facilities (such as they are) –in fact, there might be more people in Elkford now than there ever have been before (it’s not a big place). Grant Triplow appears to have made the eminently sensible decision to spend the night at Boulton Creek – is the girl at the counter still increasing the size of the whole in her ears? And then there’s the usual SPOT uncertainty. Are Philip Fogg, Brad Perry and Bob Marr really still in Banff, or have they just not figured how to switch on their orange tracker beacons? If so, they wouldn’t be the first.

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MTBCast: Episode 121 TD Day 1

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MTBCast: And they’re off! Pre-Race call from Pete Faeth, Dave Blumenthal calls in from Elkford and plans to bivy tonight, and Matthew Lee, Erik Lobek, and Kevin Dean are pushing beyond Sparwood!

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MTBCast: Dave Blumenthal calls from Elkford

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Dave Blumenthal calls from Elkford where he saw lots of animal tracks and bear poop!

MTBCast: Matthew Lee is in Sparwood

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Matthew calls in to say he’s with Erik Lobeck and Kevin Dean in Sparwood. Rob Borstmayer was hotel-ing it tonight.

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