Tour Divide Race Underway

Tour DivideThe Tour Divide, touted as the world’s longest mountain bike race, started on June 13th in Banff, Alberta, Canada—with 16 racers setting off to test their endurance on a 2,711-mile journey that follows Adventure Cycling’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route all the way to the USA/Mexico border.

This year SPOT Inc. has partnered with the Tour Divide to equip each racer with a SPOT Satellite Messenger, which provides online GPS tracking of each racer on Google Mapsâ„¢. New SPOT shared pages functionality, currently in beta format, will post the last updated location of the racers on a Google map, viewable online throughout the race. Fans can also follow the action on the Tour Divide blog.

On June 20th, at the Montana/Canada border, another group of riders will set off on the route’s original race—the fifth annual Great Divide Race, which covers the 2,490-mile American portion of the route.

For daily podcasts from both the Tour Divide and the Great Divide Race, visit www.mtbcast.com for the duration of the respective events.

–Karl Rosengarth

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