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21  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Arizona Trail Race AZTR planning thread on: January 23, 2016, 09:17:29 PM
For the 750 start, I *think* most just ride down, from Parker and camp out the night before

That's what many of us did last year. I got dropped off by a shuttle at Parker, hung out with the 300 racers for a bit and got my gear on my bike. From Parker it was 14.9 miles to the border according to my Strava(1388' of climbing), a bit of singletrack and then dirt roads. Rode it into the moonlight, was a great ride for the night before. Slept right at the start on the border fences. Last year there was a border patrol bust somewhere close to the start the night before so there were quite a few border patrol vehicles making their way through the area for a bit while riding the dirt roads, just make sure to be careful coming around blind curves etc. and make sure you're lit up if riding down around dusk or into the night.
22  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Tour Divide Preparation on: November 29, 2015, 03:47:57 PM
The thing is, a plb is pretty bullet-proof in getting a signal out. A spot, not so much. If I thought I needed the abilities of a SOS signal, I would not rely on a spot. My (untested but well-researched) $0.02

Typed on my phone. Pardon the autocorrect.

Every SPOT SOS I've heard of on TD has been received and S&R or other agency deployed. There were at least 2 SPOT SOS's fired off the year I did TD(2014) which was the worst weather year TD has ever seen(the nasty storm in the first 6 days should have made it about as hard as it could be to get a signal out of the Canadian backcountry, but it got out). One was fired off just short of Galton Pass in the Canadian Flathead, which is about as remote as TD ever gets, the other was used in the Gila. That's real world usage on the playing field at hand. On the PLB1 site it specifies that "The accuracy of this fix is approximately a 5 nautical mile radius, but is typically much better." that's not very close in an atypical situation. But thinking of the situations you'll face during TD I'd say I have no doubts either would work just fine for TD.
23  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Tour Divide Preparation on: November 29, 2015, 11:15:15 AM
Spot advice: I'm going to buy a Spot I think as I train alone, mostly on a road bike, and Czech drivers are not cyclist aware at all. The question is whether to get a Spot Gen3 or a Spot trace. I don't need the "SOS" functions as I'll use a PLB (Ocean Signal PLB1) on the TD and in Czech we've 95%+ mobile coverage. However, the Gen 3 seems to have attachment points for zip ties or a lanyard, whereas the Trace seems just a hard case.

Any feedback of pros and cons from your experience would be useful.

  If I understand correctly you're planning on carrying two devices on TD(SPOT and PLB1)? If that is the case my thought is that you should just get the Gen3 and ditch the PLB1. Why carry two devices with separate functions instead of one that covers both? Seems like it would just make for more batteries, more chance of losing one of the devices, more to keep track of when you're out of your head.
  I carry the SPOT Gen3 in a Revelate Designs mesh Spocket which works out great and keeps the SPOT on top of my Revelate Viscacha seat bag so it's always got a view of the sky and is away from my eTrex20 on the handlebars. It's made it through TDR, AZTR750 and CTR without a problem. I've seen some riders tie their spots in to the Spocket attachment rings on the Viscacha without using the bag as well but I like the security of knowing my SPOT is in a secured bag and can't eject itself easily. If you end up deciding on the SPOT Trace and there are no lanyard loops to tie it down the Spocket or something like it could be a good option as well. I've seen plenty of clever and secure ways to carry the SPOT, I'm sure some others will chime in with other ideas as well. Good luck out there and have fun!

A thought on weight:
SPOT Gen3 - 114g and includes both SOS and tracking function
SPOT Trace - 87.9g and includes only tracking function
Ocean Signal PLB1 - 116g and includes only SOS function

PLB1 + Trace = 205g
PLB1+Gen3 = 230g
SPOT Gen3 = 114g  <----clear winner for dual functionality.
24  Forums / Question and Answer / Re: where/how do i register for 2016 tour divide race? on: November 14, 2015, 05:22:13 PM
Hi, I'm alzo Newton this site and I m from Italy, Courmayeur (mont Blanc) ... I'll be in Banff in June, 10 , 2016... So I Think I m going ti ask mano things to the veterans a out ti TD... It''s a Dream i'm going to realize.....

Bivy or tent, wich Kind of fork, the bear or mountain Lions .... Are they a real danger.... So many many Thinks come in my mind! ...


Hello Teotoula, welcome to the community. You may want to join the thread here:

http://www.bikepacking.net/forum/ultra-racing/2016-tour-divide-preparation/

Some of the questions you have asked are already being discussed in this thread and it would be a more appropriate and effective place to ask your questions as the race approaches. Have fun preparing!
25  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Tour Divide Preparation on: November 07, 2015, 07:10:02 AM
In 2014 there was a cairn marking the singletrack on the right, keep your eyes open and don't follow bike tire tracks blindly. It really was quite easy with gps.
26  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: AZT 750 ITT on: October 29, 2015, 10:53:59 AM
She's done.  From Nicholas on 'the' FB:

"Lael's AZT750 ride is finished. Not breathing is not fun. Anyway, it is pouring rain today.
But for two days, "it was so much fun"."


27  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Arizona Trail Race AZTR planning thread on: October 29, 2015, 10:31:14 AM
Thanks Scott. Have been wondering. Hope she'll be ok.
28  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: AZT 750 ITT on: October 29, 2015, 10:19:27 AM
Looks like Lael has scratched near Mormon Lake... Wondering what happened. Any details anyone?
29  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Health questions for high-mileage riders on: October 28, 2015, 05:33:02 PM
Great to hear Joey....Glad you're on the mend!
30  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Black Hills Expedition 2015 on: October 28, 2015, 07:09:31 AM
Thanks for the write-up Jason. I would have loved to have made it out to SoDak for this this year but it just wasn't in the cards after AZT and CTR. Definitely on my radar for next year. Sounds like Aaron had the same split shoe sole I got on day 1 of the CTR, had to make it all the way to Buena Vista on duct tape and got some new shoes there.
31  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: POST UP YOUR RIGS on: October 26, 2015, 08:28:12 AM


My 2015 CTR rig. Yeti ARCc.
32  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Julian Bike Pack Friday October 23rd, 2015 on: October 23, 2015, 10:29:35 AM
And they're off!

http://trackleaders.com/julianbikepack15

Have a fun and safe ride everyone!!!
33  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Julian Bike Pack Friday October 23rd, 2015 on: October 21, 2015, 02:32:48 PM
That would have been fun! We could both have dressed like homeless people and made a fortune along the way!

Heck yeah! That's hilarious! As you remember the Arizonan's were certainly keen on trying to give me money based on my shabby appearance during the AZTR750!
34  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Julian Bike Pack Friday October 23rd, 2015 on: October 20, 2015, 07:07:16 PM
Wish I could make it out there for this Rich, I'll be following along on Trackleaders... have a blast everyone!
35  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Arizona Trail Race AZTR planning thread on: October 20, 2015, 06:55:53 PM
it sounds like the Highline Trail could become fun at some point!

I had a blast on it this year... even pulled some tricks off the new berms!

I am in for the 750. Triple crown threepeat if I can figure out some logistics and maybe a few new sponsors. I am training in Moab now so I will be ready to roll on 4/15.

Now why doesn't this surprise me? Smiley Get some Mark!
36  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Health questions for high-mileage riders on: October 19, 2015, 08:42:26 AM
Coming out of last winter getting ready for the AZT I had a terrible gut for almost a month(bad digestion/bad stool/generally yucky feeling almost all the time to the point where food was becoming less and less palatable), like you described I just didn't 'feel good'. I tried everything I could think of trying to isolate what I had 'changed' to cause the issues thinking it was probably dietary. I had been very active all winter backcountry skiing, skinning up multiple mountains before work every day and I was just getting back on the bike for spring training, so I didn't figure it was any sort of change in workout routine causing it. I was getting very nervous that I may have to skip AZT if my issues didn't subside. I tried listening to my body as well as I could and low-and-behold my body told me that probiotics were what was needed. I had never taken them ever in my life but somehow my body knew what it needed. I went to the store and got some GoodBelly probiotics to try, got home, chugged one and like flicking a light switch my gut problems were gone. You might give them a try if you haven't already. They will help you to more completely digest food, breaking down many compounds within common foods that your body can't(even if the probiotics don't help...they can't hurt).

P.S. - I would suggest trying GoodBelly or similar because it's a live culture, as opposed to capsulized form.

Hope this helps, cheers Joey.
37  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: AZTR 2016 changes and rules on: September 24, 2015, 07:46:04 AM
The rules state no water caches but does that include using water at the water storage bins after oracle and freeman road?

I think what the rule gets at is no intentional caching of personal water for the race. Any water found in public storage tanks, ponds, springs, rivers, and caches that have been filled by AZT users is legal. I also did run in to one trail magic water cache on Mt. Lemmon this year.
38  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: SS Racing Gear Ratio's on: September 01, 2015, 07:06:41 AM
Oh yeah that was fixed gear by the way.

It sure was.... Here's one of Jehson in his downhill fixie position coming out of Platoro on TD'14!  headbang





39  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Tour Divide and Trans Am finishers on: August 21, 2015, 04:37:55 PM
Bryan Heselbach would be another, TD'13/TABR'15

Times from Trackleaders:
TD'13 - 22:04:39
TABR'15 - 24:15:06

Completely Unofficial Total: 46:19:45

40  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Riding the Divide in Winter on: August 16, 2015, 06:43:22 AM
Rode out yesterday to meet up and ride with Iohan as he made his way through on the GDMBR headed south. He'll be making his way all the way to Columbia by bicycle this summer. Here are a few pictures as we dropped in to Clark, CO from up towards Brush Mountain, notice he's a bikepacker now instead of using panniers! He said he's really been enjoying being on a MTB with bags this time around.  thumbsup



Iohan got a flat right at the head of Robert Orr's driveway descending on RCR62 coming in to Clark... since he's not racing I donated a spare tube to his cause:




Had a great time riding and visiting with you again Iohan, keep 'em spinning!
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