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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1820 on: August 21, 2015, 07:47:01 PM
Christopher R. Bennett


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« Reply #1820 on: August 21, 2015, 07:47:01 PM »

Hi All,

If anyone knows of any blogs on the 2015 race (or earlier ones we may have missed) I would be grateful if you would update the Google Docs so that I can include them in the Cordillera.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fwnD4NLk4alYKi56sjCVaJrO99-qutWHB71CxJjROXE/edit?usp=sharing

Thanks in anticipation!

Regards,

Chris
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1821 on: August 22, 2015, 11:01:20 AM
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« Reply #1821 on: August 22, 2015, 11:01:20 AM »

Go Lael Go!
32 hours ahead of her pace through Pie Town, exactly one day behind Jay's time. I see her gunning to best Jay's old record. 15 1/2 day finish in the making. Beast Mode fully engaged!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1822 on: August 22, 2015, 04:45:35 PM
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« Reply #1822 on: August 22, 2015, 04:45:35 PM »

Go Lael Go!
Beast Mode fully engaged!

I love it!   thumbsup headbang
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1823 on: August 22, 2015, 06:54:02 PM
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« Reply #1823 on: August 22, 2015, 06:54:02 PM »

Oh pooo

Looks like heavy cloud/rain cover over Leal - so says weather radar. So much for the no rain forecast earlier. Speed down to 0.9 mph at 7:50 pm her time.

Let's hope for the best

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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1824 on: August 23, 2015, 03:22:04 AM
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« Reply #1824 on: August 23, 2015, 03:22:04 AM »

The NWS forecast has had storms and potential heavy rain in the weekend forecast for days. Unfortunately it came to fruition Saturday night. It was a wet night in southern New Mexico. In the Gila it started raining at Lake Roberts at 7PM and by 8:30, 0.20 inches had fallen. The Silver City airport had rain from 7:30 until nearly 10PM recording an amazing, frightening 2.96 inches.
http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base_dyn.cgi?stn=KSVC&time=GMT

Last night it looks like Lael was flying on the good road towards Lake Roberts with speeds between 8-13 mph. Then she turned south off the good road at 12:30 AM. She must have hit mud. She slogged her way southward until nearly 2 AM before she decided to take a break and get some rest. Between 12:30 and 2AM, she traveled less than 4 miles. At 4AM it is still raining at Lake Roberts and radar shows more rain working in from the east. At 4:30 she started moving again. It is cool there but not cold, 58 degrees at Lake Roberts.
http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base_dyn.cgi?stn=EPZ02&time=GMT

The NWS is talking about the potential for heavy rain and strong storms especially tonight.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1825 on: August 23, 2015, 09:17:25 AM
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« Reply #1825 on: August 23, 2015, 09:17:25 AM »


The NWS is talking about the potential for heavy rain and strong storms especially tonight.

Lael is rolling along on Separ Road right now, she's going to be done by sundown. Wow !!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1826 on: August 23, 2015, 11:16:03 AM
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« Reply #1826 on: August 23, 2015, 11:16:03 AM »

Gotta say Lael is a Superwoman.  You can't get much more solo than this effort.  It must get so lonely out there.  Super athletic ability plus super mental focus equals  superhuman outcome.


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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1827 on: August 23, 2015, 01:37:36 PM
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« Reply #1827 on: August 23, 2015, 01:37:36 PM »

so true!
This is a pretty amazing push.
Right on Lael!

Gotta say Lael is a Superwoman.  You can't get much more solo than this effort.  It must get so lonely out there.  Super athletic ability plus super mental focus equals  superhuman outcome.


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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1828 on: August 23, 2015, 04:07:48 PM
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« Reply #1828 on: August 23, 2015, 04:07:48 PM »

and as quietly as she started her second TDR this year, Lael will finish, setting yet another woman's record, and a record for the first rider to ride the TDR both as a rookie and a veteran in the same year. I hope there is someone to greet her at the finish - or will she just turn around and ride back?!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1829 on: August 23, 2015, 04:13:27 PM
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« Reply #1829 on: August 23, 2015, 04:13:27 PM »

and as quietly as she started her second TDR this year, Lael will finish, setting yet another woman's record, and a record for the first rider to ride the TDR both as a rookie and a veteran in the same year. I hope there is someone to greet her at the finish - or will she just turn around and ride back?!
She will have someone waiting for her and from what I gather she doesn't know so it will be a great surprise.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1830 on: August 23, 2015, 04:45:36 PM
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« Reply #1830 on: August 23, 2015, 04:45:36 PM »

Great effort Lael!

You crushed it! Smiley
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1831 on: August 23, 2015, 05:43:16 PM
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« Reply #1831 on: August 23, 2015, 05:43:16 PM »

Such an impressive display of riding. Way to go Lael, Congrats!! To say she has her system dialed is quite the understatement.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1832 on: August 23, 2015, 08:27:35 PM
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« Reply #1832 on: August 23, 2015, 08:27:35 PM »


Huge congrats Lael.  Wow.  You moved the state of the art in bikepack racing forward not just one or two levels, but several.  So impressive to see.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1833 on: August 23, 2015, 08:55:42 PM
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« Reply #1833 on: August 23, 2015, 08:55:42 PM »

                                                                                            Congratulations Lael Wilcox !

Your enduring pushes, seemingly limitless persevering heart, courage of a lion, slugging it through the most frustrating sticky mud around on the planet, dark nights of steep hilly climbs will be yours to savour when thinking of what can I do next?

Kudos to such an adventurous courageous girl.
Setting this World Record was a daunting task at hand.
However, through your believing it can be done, you got the task at hand dream of doing DONE DEAL!

                                                                                                MISSION Accomplished !

 I can hardly wait to read in your words what it was like - the why's? the where you found the courage to push?
I will wait, patiently.
As I go for some of my rides I WILL always think of the courageous riders who have laid down something to think about; to dream about; to ponder of what truly " Can be " If one only keeps believing.

 You really proved the point.
Any think is possible! Oh Wow Lael !

My heartfelt Thank You's go out to you!!
Thanks for not giving up!
You would have spoiled my every hard dreamed of pushes in my days to come!  thumbsup

By - the - way!
What's next?
Please, email me FAST - when you get the chance for an interview - k?  Wink
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FEEL THE GLORY?
OF accomplishing the task.

IF YOU CAN FEEL IT.
“YOU CAN DO IT”

NEVER Stop Dreaming.
Always Keep Believing!
You can.
If you think you can.
Never ‘EVER’ Give up!

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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1834 on: August 23, 2015, 08:57:48 PM
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« Reply #1834 on: August 23, 2015, 08:57:48 PM »

                                                                                            Congratulations Lael Wilcox !

Your enduring pushes, seemingly limitless persevering heart, courage of a lion, slugging it through the most frustrating sticky mud around on the planet, dark nights of steep hilly climbs will be yours to savour when thinking of what can I do next?

Kudos to such an adventurous courageous girl.
Setting this World Record was a daunting task at hand.
However, through your believing it can be done, you got the task at hand dream of doing DONE DEAL!

                                                                                                MISSION Accomplished !

 I can hardly wait to read in your words what it was like - the why's? the where you found the courage to push?
I will wait, patiently.
As I go for some of my rides I WILL always think of the courageous riders who have laid down something to think about; to dream about; to ponder of what truly " Can be " If one only keeps believing.

 You really proved the point.
Any thing is possible!
And raised the level of what can be done with believing.
Oh Wow Lael ! Love ya for THAT!

My heartfelt Thank You's go out to you!!
Thanks for not giving up!
You would have spoiled my every hard dreamed of pushes in my days to come!  thumbsup

By - the - way!
What's next?
Please, email me FAST - when you get the chance for an interview - k?  Wink
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Think of a thought.
(something your shooting for that’s worthy or to do some good)

Now just Imagine.
FEEL THE GLORY?
OF accomplishing the task.

IF YOU CAN FEEL IT.
“YOU CAN DO IT”

NEVER Stop Dreaming.
Always Keep Believing!
You can.
If you think you can.
Never ‘EVER’ Give up!

Enj

  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1835 on: August 23, 2015, 09:14:39 PM
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« Reply #1835 on: August 23, 2015, 09:14:39 PM »


Amazing performance Lael. Super inspiring to watch your rides this summer. Nice Work!!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1836 on: August 24, 2015, 12:01:26 AM
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« Reply #1836 on: August 24, 2015, 12:01:26 AM »

Huge congratulations to Lael!  Turned me into a bit of dot junkie for a couple weeks.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1837 on: August 24, 2015, 06:06:19 AM
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« Reply #1837 on: August 24, 2015, 06:06:19 AM »

There is a lot of discussion about whether women are at a disadvantage to men in ultra endurance sporting events. This year's TD offers some interesting points for discussion. Not only did we see an outstanding performance from Lael Wilcox which placed her in the small group of elite racers, but the overall performance of the women is worth noting. Among the eleven women who finished, the average time was 19.67 days. For the 73 men who finished, the average time was 22.59 days. The women's average is lowered by two very fast times from Lael, but it is nevertheless clear that the women this year were as fast, or faster than the men. At least, it is difficult to argue that there was a category difference between the two sexes. Is it perhaps time to "retire" the women's record with Lael as the last holder and henceforth just have one race and one record?
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1838 on: August 29, 2015, 06:29:01 PM
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« Reply #1838 on: August 29, 2015, 06:29:01 PM »

Just saw the unicycle dude zipping down 129 heading into Steamboat. Go Adam!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2015 - race discussion thread Reply #1839 on: August 30, 2015, 03:04:25 AM
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« Reply #1839 on: August 30, 2015, 03:04:25 AM »

Donald
What do you mean?
Sorry not getting the last point.  icon_scratch
Is it perhaps time to "retire" the women's record with Lael as the last holder and henceforth just have one race and one record?

What Lael did will (for sure) be known and remembered as a global feat. Especially, in the "Ultra Community"
She has laid down a NEW benchmark for women in the world to learn from; possibly strive for; and to seek a higher personal challenge for themselves.
The mental stamina necessary for such feats is astonishingly hard and tough to achieve.

  With NO stages, with seemingly NO end to cycling of what some that do stage racing call a day of riding, NO chase vehicle, NO support, battling the odds at any given moment (day/night) of various serious severe weather challenge extremes, its a no wonder it is touted at " The World's Most Toughest Race "
 Giving GREAT Kudos to other races technical with severe weather challenges and technical terrain; but they all come to a known days end is NOT to be ignored, here. That's why, it becomes a questionable debate. I believe, one is tougher on the grounds of duration under duress of stress.
  
 thumbsup The heartiest of Congratulations to her !!!  thumbsup  
Makes me want to feel that elation that she must have felt for knowing she could do this, from within! Wiow! Awesomely inspiring!!!! Impressive effort! Tough as a women can be!

AS long as there is sport ~ competition will always be there.
It has long been engrained into our societal ways. Almost our DNA.

 Some might do it for sport to see if they can be faster go longer go farther be better. Some might do it out of being competitive in nature. Meaning, I think I can beat you. It could be a combination of the above.
Some might do it just for the challenge, itself.
However of that, "Every one" deserves the chance~! {That is 'the why?' I AM such a HUGE Proponent of organizations like: "The Right to Play" } headbang

 That being said, there is an underlying spirit of a higher regard that lies amongst the fraternity of what some may call Ultra Cyclist. I believe, its the camaraderie of respecting each other for taking on such personal challenges, also. Seeing someone else do the same challenge a mutual bond is made internally, intuitively I believe.
 I try my best to promote that as best I can amongst the cyclist in the cycling world. As best as I can with the TDR. That thought process coming from my personal thoughts ~ that We "Really" ARE " ALL " on the same team. {at - the - end - the day talking about things}

 Sport allows us to strive. To learn patience. To learn persistence. To learn things like Perseverance, struggle, hardship, and the pride in personal achievement. Hence, The glorious moment. Yahoo! I DID it !

 The glorious moment, (for some) is and becomes "life altering" when the struggle is so great that it has surpassed any personal challenge before hand some glorious moments turn into " Feats " " Epic moments in time " in the lifetime personal to that individual.  

However, of that.
Success as it is known then becomes a skewed subject matter. Much of the time compared to those around us. Validated by many things common in society. As we go through life and learn, observe, grow with NEW knowledge and understanding of things some may come to decipher things in a different light.

As I have come to know success in my life.....

" Success does not require you to look out the window " {comparing one's efforts with another .... as we have been taught growing up }
" It only, requires one to look in the mirror "

Many of the answer one seeks can simply be found by looking in the mirror.

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  You may fool the whole world,
Down the pathway of life,
And get pats on your back as you pass.

But the fellow who's verdict,
Counts most in your life,
Is the one starring back from the glass.

*** Ultra Cyclist and cycling enthusiast alike ~ See you at the Grand Depart START "each year" in Banff, Alberta - Canada. I'll be waiting to greet you!  Wink


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Think of a thought.
(something your shooting for that’s worthy or to do some good)

Now just Imagine.
FEEL THE GLORY?
OF accomplishing the task.

IF YOU CAN FEEL IT.
“YOU CAN DO IT”

NEVER Stop Dreaming.
Always Keep Believing!
You can.
If you think you can.
Never ‘EVER’ Give up!

Enj
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