The Tour Divide is a self-supported bikepacking race that follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff, Canada to the US-Mexico Border at Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The route is ~4400km long, taking in ~55,000m climbing and 32 crossings of the Continental Divide as it passes through Alberta, British Columbia, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico predominantly on gravel, fire roads and 4wd tracks.
In the 20th year of its running the Tour Divide will attract around 200 racers making their way down the North American continent. Racers must be fully self-supported which means no drafting, carrying all your own gear, resupplying in towns along the way, and no outside assistance.
I’m aiming for the extremely lofty goal of a 15 day finish, which will require almost 300km a day, a pace which only a few racers have ever held. I’ll need everything to go my way to make it happen but I’ve done everything within my ability to make it a reality and now it’s just time to see what the course has in store for me.
- Lewis Ciddor @xshippx
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