Decidedly not for sprinters, this battle royale braves mountain passes and windswept valleys of the Continental Divide from hinterlands of the Canadian Rockies to badlands of the Mexican Plateau.
Local Tallahassee Cyclists, Rick Ashton and Father-Son Duo Peter Kraft Sr. & Peter Kraft Jr. will depart on Friday June 14th for a 2745 mile, fully self-supported mountain bike race from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, NM.
The Tour Divide challenge is simple: Race the rooftop of North America by mountain bike; travel self-supported along all 2,745 miles of Adventure Cycling Association’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route; keep moving and be moved; exist well outside one’s comfort zone in tackling a cross-continent bikepacking odyssey; finish as fast as possible without cracking.
Speed may be substance when it comes to Divide racing, but a flexible, sang-froid style is the best attack for the Route’s multiple personalities. Divide racing format requires no designated rest periods or set distances a racer must travel daily. The clock runs non-stop. She and he who can ride the fastest while making fewer, shorter stops usually hold the course records. With an average time-to-completion of three weeks in the saddle, Tour Divide is the longest–arguably most challenging–mountain bike time trial on the planet. It is a challenge for the ultra-fit, but only if ultra-prepared for myriad contingencies of backcountry biking.