Conquering the Tour Divide 2009

tour divideThe Tour Divide, a self-supported mountain bike race that covers all 2,745 miles of Adventure Cycling’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, gets underway on June 12th, 2009 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The routes includes dirt roads and jeep trails that follow the Continental Divide through the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia—and the American states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Riders will climb nearly 200,000 feet of vertical over the course of the route.

SPOT Inc. has once again partnered with the Tour Divide to equip each racer with a SPOT Satellite Messenger, which provides online GPS tracking of each racer on Google Maps via the Spot Leaderboard. The race blog on the Tour Divide website will provide updates during the event.

Speaking of blogs, Princeton Tec frontman and friend of Dirt Rag, Justin Kline talks about his Tour Divide preparations on www.livingonthedash.com. Check out Endurance Jay Petervary’s blog for the story of the custom Vicious Cycles tandem that he’ll pilot on The Tour Divide, with Tracey Petervary providing stoker power.

Dirt Rag wishes good luck and safe travels to all the hardy souls attempting to conquer the divide!

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