Yesterday I mentioned that the Tour Divide mountain bike race had gotten underway. The epic event features more than 70 riders attempting to cycle the length of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, which covers 2745 miles between Banff, Alberta, Canada and Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Over the past few years, the race has grown into quite an event, with the riders dealing with weather and challenging trails, while going completely self supported in the race.
Last week, prior to the start of the race, the Outside Blog posted an interview with Kurt Refsnider, who is one of the riders currently out on the trail. Refsnider is considered one of the favorites to win the race, having finished second back in 2009 in his inaugural run of the Tour Divide. Since then, he has earned plenty of experience in endurance mountain biking races and seems poised to make a run at the top podium spot.
In the interview, Kurt talks about the challenges of the Tour Divide, citing the distance and route, but saying that the self supported nature of the event is what really sets it apart from other long distance races. He also talks about his goals for this year’s race, how he has prepared for it, and more. Of particular interest for many, like myself, is the gear that he is carrying with him and the bike he is riding along the way.
For those who are new to the Tour Divide, or just want more insights into the event, this is a good interview. I have a ton of respect for these riders, most of whom simply ride for the fun and adventure of it. This is one very challenging race, and it takes a special person to be able to complete it.
Good luck to all the racers! Enjoy the view!
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