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Location: Williamston, MI "Wee-um-stun"
Bikes: Uh... road, mtb, tour, CX (kludged), 3spd, 'bent, tandem, folder (the fam has another, what, 8)
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Tour Divide under way! World's longest MTB race!
The 2010 Tour Divide started last Friday.
49 self-supported amateur racers are on course, headed down the spine of the country, from Canada to Mexico.
Check out the live SPOT tracking at: http://tourdivide.org/leaderboard
So far 20 riders have passed the second checkpoint at 367 mountainous miles in about 2 days. 180 miles a day! The first two were clustered an hour apart at 1 day 21 hours. Several others hit the checkpoint a few hours later. In a race this big, that's close action.
The first SS rider -- and first woman! -- crossed the 2nd checkpoint at 2 days 7 hours.
Get ready for a few weeks of exciting armchair action!
Racers call in podcasts when they find time and a cell signal or payphone. Some also post pics and reports to blogs. In a race this long there's a lot of adventure, emotion, place-changes, races-within-races, stories-within-stories, encounters with big critters, big weather and interesting people. Yeah!
The current leader (and organizer), Matthew Lee, hopes to break his old record and average 160 miles a day for 17 days. ...Carrying all his gear, taking care of himself.
No entry fee, no prizes, riders taking care of themselves (like adults), taking pics, posting to blogs along the way -- I'm into it!