Multiday race reports, Trip Reports » The Story of Eight – Tour Divide 2009by stevew
I’m Steve Wilkinson from the UK, a 35 year old guy who sometimes rides bikes. In 2009 I competed in the Tour Divide, and after the event I started to compile some words about my time on the route. Over time however, the number of words grew and grew as I began to add what was going on in my mind and why. I also wanted to write down, and get out of my head, all my thoughts about racing the Divide from my two trips down it. As my write-up expanded, I began to realize I also had a story to tell…
I was one of eight riders who finished up the 2009 race on the same day, some of us reaching the border together, and spending much of the race in each others company. We were in the middle of the pack and termed ourselves the peloton. This is my story of riding in that group, and my trip through the Rockies – The Story of Eight. I’ve saved it into a PDF document to download since it’s become more a short book than a write-up.
If you followed the race, and became a red dot junkie, I hope you are able to enjoy this, and are able to build a better picture of these anonymous cyclists who were behind the tags. If you didn’t follow the race, and don’t know much about it or the route, I still hope I’ve managed to explain enough about it to engage you. And if you’re planning on racing the Divide, I hope it gives you an insight into what such a journey is like.
Link to PDF docuemnt: The Story of Eight