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  Topic Name: Divide stories. on: June 07, 2017, 01:02:53 PM
MikeC


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« on: June 07, 2017, 01:02:53 PM »

I spent a solid chunk of a past life racing bicycles across vast chunks of landscape.  One of the more ambitious (given the era) of these was the Great Divide Race on the GDMBR, a ~2400 mile dirt road sufferfest paralleling the continental divide. 


I organized the first race on this route in 2003, but no one else showed up so I ITT'ed it.  My frame and rear rack were broken and my psyche considerably bent before I arrived at the halfway point of the route, forcing a DNF and a long year before I could head back to finish what I'd started.


I've been outspoken in my dislike of this route since forever, primarily because even though it was labeled and sold as a mountain bike route it has nothing in common with mountain biking.  97% of this route could be driven in a low-clearance 2wd sedan.  Calling it the Great Divide Gravel Grinding Route would have been more apropos, more honest, and would have pushed me in a different direction from the get-go.  I don't know what I would have cooked up instead, but I know that today I'd have a lot less nerve damage in my hands and ankles and would probably still be able to ride a solid mile of gravel before vomiting onto my shoes.


After finishing the GDR in a virtual photo finish with Pete Basinger in 2004 I pretty much walked away from racing, and never really shared much about that running of the race.  Consider this the initial installment of those stories, anecdotes remembered 13 years later with accuracy assistance courtesy of the snapshots I took along the way.  I have no plans to give a play-by-play, rather to simply share some of my favorite anecdotes.


I'm recounting these stories on my blog as time permits.  Check 'em out here:  http://lacemine29.blogspot.com
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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #1 on: June 07, 2017, 04:46:42 PM
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2017, 04:46:42 PM »

Cool!
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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017, 07:51:23 PM
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017, 07:51:23 PM »

So great. What has inspired you to write about it now?
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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 03:28:20 AM
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 03:28:20 AM »

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the article. Im interested to hear about your hand numbness.  I rode the it SS in 2013 and suffered hand numbness for a few months post race, fortunately I regained full dexterity. I am racing again next year, do you have any thoughts or advice on how to limit hand numbness. Im going to go with a 2017 salsa Fargo 27.5 x 2.8 Maxxis Icon with a Lauf fork plus aero bars.


Many thanks

Mauro

PS Your blog is great.
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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #4 on: June 21, 2017, 02:38:26 PM
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2017, 02:38:26 PM »

Next episode: Gary Dye.


http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/06/divide-stories-gary-dye.html

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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 02:40:45 PM
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 02:40:45 PM »

First episode: Jan Kopka.

http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/06/divide-stories-jan-kopka.html
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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 11:28:34 PM
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 11:28:34 PM »

Next episode: Bike evolution.

https://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2017/12/divide-stories-bike-evolution.html
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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 05:28:06 PM
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 05:28:06 PM »

97% of this route could be driven in a low-clearance 2wd sedan. 

Not if it's raining.
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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 05:34:41 PM
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 05:34:41 PM »

True.  And...?
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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #9 on: April 14, 2019, 03:11:58 PM
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2019, 03:11:58 PM »

Next episode: Ground beef.

http://lacemine29.blogspot.com/2019/04/divide-stories-ground-beef.html
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  Topic Name: Divide stories. Reply #10 on: July 08, 2019, 10:49:29 AM
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2019, 10:49:29 AM »

Thanks for the visuals Mike, superbly told.
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