Monthly Archives: August 2019

Tour Divide Day 7 – Where’s the Jesus Bus?

6:30am, get up get dressed using the clothes meticulously heaped at the end of the bed. Panic. Where the bloody hell is my down jacket? The two most expensive items of gear I was carrying were my waterproof and this

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The Tour Divide 2019 – Racing Through Profanity

In 2019 I raced the Tour Divide, a 2700 mile off road route following the continental divide from Canada to Mexico. The preparation, race and aftermath had a profound affect upon me as an individual and weeks later I am

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Tour Divide Day 1 – The Off

I was woken by my alarm somewhere near 6am. Race start is usually 8am from the front of the YWCA where I was staying. To say I was a mess of nerves and utter disbelief in myself was an understatement.

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Tour Divide Day 2 – Becoming a Divider

Awakening at 5am I emerged from my tent to observe that my fellow camping compatriots had all fucked off much earlier. There was me congratulating myself on such an early start and it turns out I’d slept in. Bugger. I

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Tour Divide Day 3 – I think we’re alone now

My alarm levered me out of a deep sleep somewhere close to 6:30am. So began the morning ritual that was to last until the end of my ride. First a few minutes of “What the hell am I doing? Where

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Tour Divide Day 4 – Every day’s a quitting day

I awoke from a few hours fractured sleep somewhere around 5:45am. At first I was pretty disorientated, finding myself in my bivy bag at the far end of a car park with my tent and bike some distance away. Steve

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Tour Divide Day 5 – Three passes then profanity

I awoke with the realisation that I’d all but forgotten my former life of one who is not a Tour Divide rider. I’d distilled down to the single essence of one moving down the line. I reeked of me without

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Tour Divide Day 6 – A kick up the Butte

Reveille was at 5am today, breakfast was a Snickers bars and some rank tasting water filtered from a stream. On the plus side it wasn’t raining and the rodents had sought pastures new. Today’s objective was the usual “we’ll see”

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