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1  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Silk Road Mountain Race 2019 on: August 20, 2019, 10:28:25 AM
https://mtbapp.co.za/silk-road-mountain-bike-race-2019/
2  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2020 AZTR on: August 02, 2019, 03:06:19 PM
Expanding on my edit above:

Re: Daylight hours in April vs. Oct.

Looking at daylight times for Phoenix at timeanddate.com:

April 20, 2019 = 13:10 [hr:min] of daylight.
October 20, 2019 = 11:12 [hr:min]... almost two hours less daylight.

Re: Heat in April vs. Oct.

Daytime temps could very similar, depending on the year and luck of the draw with a late spring storm or early winter storm, but nighttime temps would almost certainly be cooler in Oct., due to longer night to allow additional cooling. First time I did the AZT 300 [2014], an above average year [?], Tuscon hit ~100 and it was 92 when I pedaled thru Patagonia.

starting October 10 would get almost 30 minutes more daylight for a compromise
3  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Big Horn Trail Race 2019 on: July 30, 2019, 03:49:58 PM
Aaron, aren't you supposed to be doing the Colorado Trail Race now?
4  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Arizona Trail Race video on: July 28, 2019, 07:38:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1EXq55dGJQ

Did vimeo think the music was illegal or something?
5  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 28, 2019, 06:36:33 AM
You'll still be asked doing an ITT. There's hardly anyone out there, so it is not like a hassel. I was out there for a lot longer than most as I did 25 days - the only day I met a lot of people was into Wamsutter, but it was so hot and I looked so dead that people stopping were just concerned. Must have had like 5 pickups stop. I personally found those random interactions with random people - roading contruction workers, ranchers, mom's picking up kids from school  - to be really interesting.

Since the Tour Divide doesn't route through a heavily populated pedestrian trail, interruptions would not be so concentrated, and if you are pedaling you don't have to stop, it would be up to visitors or fans to keep up
6  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 27, 2019, 07:27:15 PM
With all the debate online about visitation, film crews and real life spectating, made me think that maybe the racers are getting tired of the interruptions by people wanting to interact with them.
I know I was frustrated with repeatedly having to re-explain myself hiking through the Grand Canyon

Probably not
Not unless it is preventing them from catching the racer ahead
7  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 27, 2019, 07:23:58 PM
20/25/30 day green flags are up.  This year they are computed on average speed instead of taking representative historical data.

So... that means they never lag, but they also... never stop!  Not to sleep, eat, etc. 

Made me think of Steven Kings's Tommyknockers
8  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: Asked a thousand times... on: June 27, 2019, 10:50:06 AM
bikepack seat bag works better for narrow singletrack and hike a bike
9  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 27, 2019, 07:10:06 AM
Dave Barter's call in is hilarious, he's normally so grumpy!
:-)
10  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 26, 2019, 01:33:18 PM
There were a lot of 60+ riders in the bikpacking.com pre-ride Bike Check
Besides Hal Russel, now many are left?  Lots of dots have not moved in days
11  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 25, 2019, 10:54:33 AM

 Its a new phenomenon we are seeing. If money becomes the driving force, we have lost the grass roots, almost "underground" feel of these things.

I wonder if all the social media and regular media attention has become a driving force?  Tour Divide and bikepacking in general sure does not seem underground anymore (MEC, the Canadian outdoor gear version of Walmart, now carries bikepack gear)


ps
Sorry if the previous comments seem like a downer.  But I suppose if at least 5 different magazines didn't cover the Iditabike back in 1988, I would not have learned about off-road bike touring/racing and therefore become inspired.  So having more media attention and more companies supplying bikepack equipment is probably a good thing. And as far as visitation along the route, the horse left the barn long ago, what with spot tracking and racers posting to social media or phoning to MTBCast, you feel that you are always being watched and that friends/family/fans need to be kept informed, and that they will cry out from behind their keyboards "what are you doing stopping now?! HTFU!"  Originally the rules were that you could not carry a phone, so I guess other rules will changes too. 
But I agree, I hope money does not wreck the spirit of bikepacking, and hope that people or all types or goals will continue to be able to join in on the fun
12  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 25, 2019, 09:30:35 AM
why finish at all if it is going to wreck your body for the rest of the season?
quit now and can recover and ride other trips or events THIS YEAR
13  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 23, 2019, 11:18:25 AM
I'm not there so obviously don't know first hand but got to wonder if there is a bit of group think in the decision making going on with some of these weary riders.
No I bet they are chomping at the bit and going stir crazy
14  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 23, 2019, 09:47:54 AM
Looks like Kai Edel and Evan Deutsch are going to try to make it through the pass they just left Brush Mtn
looks like they have turned back too

So a gravel grinder turned into the Iditabike, then turned into mud like the trenches of World War I (just the mud, not the dead bodies luckily)
15  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 19, 2019, 10:48:39 AM
In the 2018 Cordillera they are listed as:

Men's - Chris Plesko, 2016, 15:08:04
Women's - Alice Drobna, 2014, 22:06:36

Tandem record - Jay and Tracey Petervary, 2009, 18:13:50

thanks

GO ALEX!!!
16  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 19, 2019, 09:19:40 AM
what are men's and women's singlespeed records?
17  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion on: June 14, 2019, 07:17:46 PM
it's silly to leave a walking section in a cycling race.


But it is not a mtn bike race if there is no hike a bike.  No wonder all the drop bar gravel bikes and so few mtn bikes
18  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide 2019 Start List Link on: June 06, 2019, 11:19:25 AM
Any Terry Smiths or equivalent this year?
19  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: TR - 2019 AZTR 750 on: June 01, 2019, 09:26:33 PM
great story and photos
thank you
20  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2020 AZTR on: May 23, 2019, 11:04:21 AM
Thanks for clearing that up John.  I have heard from other people (including a race director) that even cutting through a parking lot is a *
I prefer that when discrepancies occur, following the Official Land Manager's trail signage beats the gpx track.

Also, thanks for the changes to the time and route too.  Looking forward to October 2020, it will be a 60th birthday present to me.
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