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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #800 on: September 05, 2017, 08:41:18 PM
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« Reply #800 on: September 05, 2017, 08:41:18 PM »

BRAVO!!!!  Ride Ashley Ride!

I was camping this weekend just a few miles beyond Lynx Pass south of Steamboat.  I was making breakfast this morning when my dog started barking suddenly.  I looked up and there was a bikepacker that just passed.  I didn't think anything of it but then a minute later realized that must've been Ashley.  Finished my breakfast then started driving home and saw the same bikepacker starting his climb up Trough pass from the Colorado River at Radium and sure enough it was Ashley.  Chatted with him for a few minutes and he seemed like he was doing great and still having fun.  Props to him for finishing this sucker four times consecutively when I struggled to finish it just once!!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #801 on: September 13, 2017, 03:51:18 PM
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« Reply #801 on: September 13, 2017, 03:51:18 PM »

Looks like Ashley is in Silver City. I'll likely miss his finish but Geeez, What a feat!!

Congratulations.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #802 on: September 13, 2017, 04:36:52 PM
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« Reply #802 on: September 13, 2017, 04:36:52 PM »

Looks like Ashley is in Silver City. I'll likely miss his finish but Geeez, What a feat!!

Congratulations.

He's likely to hold on to that record for quite some time!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #803 on: September 15, 2017, 01:05:48 AM
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« Reply #803 on: September 15, 2017, 01:05:48 AM »

Looks like Ashley finished his incredible Double Yo-Yo last night and got a lift back to Hachita.

Well done Ashley!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #804 on: September 15, 2017, 06:56:31 AM
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« Reply #804 on: September 15, 2017, 06:56:31 AM »

Ashley at the Hachita Store saddling up for the last 45 miles.


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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #805 on: September 15, 2017, 06:58:53 AM
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« Reply #805 on: September 15, 2017, 06:58:53 AM »

Ashley Benns at the Southern Terminus.


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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #806 on: September 15, 2017, 07:03:03 AM
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« Reply #806 on: September 15, 2017, 07:03:03 AM »

  At one point yesterday I asked Ashley if he had thought of quitting.  He looked right back at me with his smile and said  " Yes, three times;  at each end."  He finished that statement with a hard earned chuckle.


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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #807 on: September 15, 2017, 07:08:14 AM
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« Reply #807 on: September 15, 2017, 07:08:14 AM »

Ashley at the house.
Ashley's bicycle.


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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #808 on: September 15, 2017, 07:16:53 AM
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« Reply #808 on: September 15, 2017, 07:16:53 AM »

  Ashley Benns and a group of ACA riders I invited over for the bike box party.  Everyone enjoyed a little pork roast and beer.
Special thank-you to Tim Patterson (Diablo Cycling) for assisting with the bike break-down.  Thank-you to Jay P., Ashley is wearing the tennis shoes and grey shorts from your donation box.


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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #809 on: September 15, 2017, 07:25:42 AM
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« Reply #809 on: September 15, 2017, 07:25:42 AM »

  Ashley Benns at the Lordsburg Greyhound bus station.   Ashley rode all night to San Diego where he is ready for a little "salt water therapy"  quote from his friend Rick.  This morning you may spot him riding north for about 30 miles.  Ashley says he may be back,  but it will be a while. So if anybody runs into Ashley Benns give him FOUR cheers!.

Cheers!
Cheers!
Cheers!
Cheers!

11,010  miles according to his cycle computer.


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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #810 on: September 19, 2017, 07:07:46 PM
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« Reply #810 on: September 19, 2017, 07:07:46 PM »

Ashley Benns at the Southern Terminus.

Ashley Ashley Ashley.  Mr. Benns I was on vacation/holiday for your finish so missed watching it personally but I am so utterly thrilled for you and so thankful you didn't go for the #5 as it did indeed start snowing last week.  You have left a challenge that will likely be un-beaten for a long time.  At least I sure hope so.  Take a rest sir!  Happy Belated Birthday! And see you in a decade or so.
      -  Kathy
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #811 on: December 04, 2017, 01:18:27 PM
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« Reply #811 on: December 04, 2017, 01:18:27 PM »

The Cordillera Volume 9 on the 2017 race is now available for purchase. Thanks to all those who contributed, and especially to Megan Dunn for her work on the cover, and Dom Edwards for help with editing.  http://www.lulu.com/shop/christopher-bennett/the-cordillera-volume-9/paperback/product-23437762.html.   Nicholas Legan wrote a great forward dedicating the book to Mike Hall, JD Pauls and others who are no longer with us:

"The highest tribute we can give the members of our tribe who are no longer with us is to continue to challenge ourselves. So read on. Get fired up. Pack up your rig and head out. And if you feel so inclined, please buy an additional copy of this book. Proceeds go towards a college fund for Linnaea Blumenthal, whose father, Dave Blumenthal, died in an accident during Tour Divide in 2010. "

Thanks to all who helped.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #812 on: December 04, 2017, 01:24:49 PM
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« Reply #812 on: December 04, 2017, 01:24:49 PM »

Thank YOU, Chris!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #813 on: December 04, 2017, 02:20:42 PM
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« Reply #813 on: December 04, 2017, 02:20:42 PM »

Great timing!!!!  I was just looking into it YESTERDAY.  And today you tell me its out.  Good job and thank you!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #814 on: December 04, 2017, 02:22:56 PM
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« Reply #814 on: December 04, 2017, 02:22:56 PM »

p.s.  your link wasn't available so found it here:  https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=Cordillera&type=&pn=2
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #815 on: December 04, 2017, 03:39:26 PM
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« Reply #815 on: December 04, 2017, 03:39:26 PM »

Thanks, Chris!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2017 - race discussion thread Reply #816 on: December 04, 2017, 09:42:56 PM
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« Reply #816 on: December 04, 2017, 09:42:56 PM »

Thank you, Chris! I can't wait to get my copy!!
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