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Old 02-08-15, 10:30 AM
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Great Divide Cost for Plamming

Hello. We are thinking of planning a Great Divide ride about two years from now and want to get an idea of cost for a trip. Assuming travel there and back and cost of equipment are covered, can anyone who has completed the route comment on how much they spent for the trip to cover meals, lodging and other expenses? We expect this will be quite a bit more expensive than our annual 7 - 10 day road bike tours.

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Old 02-10-15, 10:04 AM
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Wow. I would not entertain this length of ride even on my dual-sport motorcycle. I think you're going to need to find a forum or facebook group dedicated to this topic or at least ultra-endurance adventure cycling.

You could try the endurance forum here I suppose, but it seems like only road biking to me. Edit: googling and looking at pics, I see mainly gravel roads. It would be tempting to take a CX bike with eyelets for bags rather than a mountainbike.
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Another place to ask would be crazyguyonabike.com: Bicycle Touring: A place for bicycle tourists and their journals plenty of blogs on the Great Divide route/ride there, good reads as well
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I watched a special on this race and a lot of them were riding Cyclocross bikes
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Check out Dave's info.
He's completed it once, S to N, as well as attempting it one or two other times N to S.

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You need to really research this project. It's a mix of paved roads, gravel roads, very bad gravel roads, double track, single-track, vague paths through fields. There's also having to carry your bike across streams, fallen trees, up and down hills, and through snowdrifts. There are places where there are no services (food, water, medical, shelter, etc.) for possible several hundred miles. If your bike breaks and you can't repair it, you may have a very long walk ahead of you. Support vehicles can't go on much of the route. No phone service for the major part of the trip. If you go when there isn't a race in progress, the few local people that come out to the trail (from where they live in remote locations) to sell snacks and water to the riders won't be there. You'll be camping out in the wilderness with the local wildlife... like bears. There are severe altitude changes, sometimes on rocky paths.

The people that do the race all have GPS locators with them, and every year I follow the contestants on the online map. The route changes from year to year. There's an info/route package available for purchase (I think you have to buy it) from the organizers. Even if you aren't doing the race, it could prove critical. Even the bikers in the race get lost.

By all means, get/watch a copy of Ride the Divide. There are a few books available on Amazon written by people that have done the ride. They are required reading for newbies. Two I read are Eat, Sleep, Ride (by Paul Howard), and Be Brave, Be Strong (by Jill Homer).

You have the time to do the research. Make d*mn sure you know what you're getting into. Unlike while the race is in progress, there almost certainly won't be any other bikes (or anybody else) coming along to provide assistance if you need it.

It's an ambitious project. I'd want the GPS locators and a satellite phone. With solar battery chargers.

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Thanks. We are just trying to get an idea of costs right now. I will check some of the sources posted.

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