Tour Divide: off and running

The 2012 Tour Divide is off and running. You can track all the riders here. We’ll be keeping on a close eye on Madison locals Brett Stepanik (who is also a fine wrench at the LBS) and Chris Zagozen.

Photo lifted from the Tour Divide website

I’ve come to enjoy spectating the Tour Divide each June in a way that I wouldn’t have expected. All of the updates come from Spot trackers, call-ins, and random twitter, blog, and forum postings. It’s up to me to put it all together, to form a picture of the race as it unfolds over the course of 20 days or so.

And unlike other long races happening in European countries during the summer (which I also follow in a desultory fashion), it’s a race being ridden by a bunch of regular — though single-minded — people on a variety of bikes. It’s something we all could do, with adequate preparation and a modicum of insanity.

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