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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #340 on: June 22, 2019, 07:45:57 PM
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« Reply #340 on: June 22, 2019, 07:45:57 PM »

Getting to be golden spike time!  Is Chris or Josh going to be the first to meet NOBO Graham?
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #341 on: June 22, 2019, 07:47:24 PM
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« Reply #341 on: June 22, 2019, 07:47:24 PM »

Ahem...I believe it's the golden 'spoke' 😉

I'm thinking Josh, his Spot seems to be a bit behind. But who knows...

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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #342 on: June 22, 2019, 07:50:12 PM
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« Reply #342 on: June 22, 2019, 07:50:12 PM »

Or both, they could be cruising together...

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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #343 on: June 22, 2019, 08:07:40 PM
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« Reply #343 on: June 22, 2019, 08:07:40 PM »

Ahem...I believe it's the golden 'spoke' 😉

I'm thinking Josh, his Spot seems to be a bit behind. But who knows...

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Dunno - one of the last updates was 2 minutes for CS and 5 minutes for JK with Chris a mile ahead. 

Damn exciting, regardless!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #344 on: June 22, 2019, 11:04:02 PM
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« Reply #344 on: June 22, 2019, 11:04:02 PM »

Well this is an amazing race! Recap last 48 hours from the safe warm armchair of a retired Divider (not based on any confirmed facts - just what I think we witnessed):

"The race leader, a bike messenger from Paris and Divide veteran, who is riding just behind the course record ghost of Mike Hall's spot track, gets lost in a horrendous snowstorm in the middle of the night on a 3,000-meter col, circles around lost, appears to not have the right bivy gear and smartly backtracks to Bear Mountain Lodge to survive the night. Meanwhile former Divide winner Josh Kato takes what appears to be a layup snow bivy, then with the break of dawn summits the col along with three other riders and keeps moving through tough conditions down towards Steamboat! For all other chasing riders a course conditions door literally closes. That col now becomes un-passable with peanut-butter mud, and a clog of racers is piling up stuck at Bear Mountain Lodge while the leading four continue on and chase each other towards the huge elevation gains of Boreas and Indiana Pass! Chris Seistrup who had been surging before the snowstorm passes Kato to take the lead heading into the night! Will there be a meeting for midnight coffees in beautiful downtown Kremmling? For the leading four its now a battle of the happiest rider, with lots and long (..sleep-inducing..) paved roads into Breckenridge. Who can maintain flow and keep the sleep monster at bay, and keep smiling through the onset of a long cold morning in Colorado? Amazing piece of Divide lore that I am thoroughly enjoying watching over unlimited espressos at home. I hope for the safety of all the riders, and for the sanity of all family and friends watching I hope that those holed up in Brush Mountain Lodge are able to keep riding soon." - Tour Divide forever!!!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #345 on: June 23, 2019, 12:01:38 AM
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« Reply #345 on: June 23, 2019, 12:01:38 AM »

Great summary!
What is the 'Golden Spoke' moment?
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #346 on: June 23, 2019, 12:12:22 AM
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« Reply #346 on: June 23, 2019, 12:12:22 AM »

It's when the leading NB rider and leading SB riders meet.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #347 on: June 23, 2019, 02:31:28 AM
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« Reply #347 on: June 23, 2019, 02:31:28 AM »

Thanks.
Is there a complete list of WebCams along the route, where one might catch a glimpse of the riders.?
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #348 on: June 23, 2019, 04:59:46 AM
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« Reply #348 on: June 23, 2019, 04:59:46 AM »

Well, the women's record just passed Lael and the folks at Brush Mountain are now 119 miles behind the leader.  Conditions on that road must be truly horrendous.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #349 on: June 23, 2019, 05:04:50 AM
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« Reply #349 on: June 23, 2019, 05:04:50 AM »

Well this is an amazing race! Recap last 48 hours from the safe warm armchair of a retired Divider (not based on any confirmed facts - just what I think we witnessed):

"The race leader, a bike messenger from Paris and Divide veteran, who is riding just behind the course record ghost of Mike Hall's spot track, gets lost in a horrendous snowstorm in the middle of the night on a 3,000-meter col, circles around lost, appears to not have the right bivy gear and smartly backtracks to Bear Mountain Lodge to survive the night. Meanwhile former Divide winner Josh Kato takes what appears to be a layup snow bivy, then with the break of dawn summits the col along with three other riders and keeps moving through tough conditions down towards Steamboat! For all other chasing riders a course conditions door literally closes. That col now becomes un-passable with peanut-butter mud, and a clog of racers is piling up stuck at Bear Mountain Lodge while the leading four continue on and chase each other towards the huge elevation gains of Boreas and Indiana Pass! Chris Seistrup who had been surging before the snowstorm passes Kato to take the lead heading into the night! Will there be a meeting for midnight coffees in beautiful downtown Kremmling? For the leading four its now a battle of the happiest rider, with lots and long (..sleep-inducing..) paved roads into Breckenridge. Who can maintain flow and keep the sleep monster at bay, and keep smiling through the onset of a long cold morning in Colorado? Amazing piece of Divide lore that I am thoroughly enjoying watching over unlimited espressos at home. I hope for the safety of all the riders, and for the sanity of all family and friends watching I hope that those holed up in Brush Mountain Lodge are able to keep riding soon." - Tour Divide forever!!!

Brilliant summary!

Feel real bad for Sofiane -- he was riding so well, really raising the bar on this race to make it such a gripping spectacle, and giving the memory of Mike Hall a good run too. It seems he was doing it with a phone for navigation. A few extra oz/g for an Etrex could have made the difference? But when you lay it all out there and try it fast and light, it's a calculated risk that doesn't always pay off.
The top four did well to get over the pass before the door slammed. Josh Kato is experienced and showing real toughness, but the other 3 have rode incredibly smart races so far, and have had a dose of good luck. If it stays this close to NM we can expect some hard all-nighter racing there!
This whole past 48 hours has shown nicely that this race isn't just about endurance -- but also survival. Much respect to all the dots who are out there!
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #350 on: June 23, 2019, 05:11:30 AM
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« Reply #350 on: June 23, 2019, 05:11:30 AM »

Well, the women's record just passed Lael and the folks at Brush Mountain are now 119 miles behind the leader.  Conditions on that road must be truly horrendous.

Yep. That storm has blown the race apart. Sofaine is the big loser but I guess that is how these things go.
How much snow is likely on the next few passes? Kremmling coffee will likely be a godsend before tackling Ute Pass.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #351 on: June 23, 2019, 05:52:35 AM
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« Reply #351 on: June 23, 2019, 05:52:35 AM »

A few extra oz/g for an Etrex could have made the difference?
I believe that he has a GPS but it bonked out on him.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #352 on: June 23, 2019, 06:43:50 AM
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« Reply #352 on: June 23, 2019, 06:43:50 AM »

#TD19 - John Schilling called in from the Montana High Country Lodge, Marty Johnson called in from Lima, Peter Kraft called in from Atlantic City, and Phil Rice from Helena!

http://mtbcast.com/site2/category/td19/
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #353 on: June 23, 2019, 06:46:30 AM
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« Reply #353 on: June 23, 2019, 06:46:30 AM »

I believe that he has a GPS but it bonked out on him.

I saw in a picture posted somewhere that SS had two different GPS devices mounted on his bars.
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #354 on: June 23, 2019, 06:59:40 AM
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« Reply #354 on: June 23, 2019, 06:59:40 AM »

Here’s a Colorado highway cam pic from steamboat this morning.


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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #355 on: June 23, 2019, 07:08:59 AM
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« Reply #355 on: June 23, 2019, 07:08:59 AM »

I am truly shocked no one has even started walking yet. A slog would reward one with a paved coast into steamboat after a break at the clark store. I wonder if divide bikes will get slightly heavier again next year icon_scratch
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #356 on: June 23, 2019, 07:17:28 AM
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« Reply #356 on: June 23, 2019, 07:17:28 AM »

Here's a CDOT cam from Hwy-9 and Ute Pass Road. Yeesh
https://i.cotrip.org/dimages/camera?imageURL=liveview/SH9UtePassRdNorth.jpg&v=00603
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #357 on: June 23, 2019, 07:28:48 AM
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« Reply #357 on: June 23, 2019, 07:28:48 AM »

Good update on Lael W.'s FB page about the Brush Mtn group
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #358 on: June 23, 2019, 07:31:52 AM
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« Reply #358 on: June 23, 2019, 07:31:52 AM »

possible to get a synopsis for those not on facebook?
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  Topic Name: Tour Divide 2019 Race Discussion Reply #359 on: June 23, 2019, 07:35:06 AM
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« Reply #359 on: June 23, 2019, 07:35:06 AM »

Good update on Lael W.'s FB page about the Brush Mtn group
Care to cut & paste for us non FB users?
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