Friday, June 10, 2011

Tour Divide 2011

Best cycling event of the year started this morning; the Tour Divide! Over 100 participants started. The majority left from Banff, Alberta, Canada, but new for this year, was an Antelope Wells, New Mexico start with about 20 starting there. Doing the route from south to north is suppose to be more challenging. I see there might be an advantage of possibly less snow by the time a rider reaches Montana and Canada. The Antelope Wells group will have to deal with heat and smoke from the Horseshoe 2 fire and the out of control Wallow fire just across the Arizona border. Good luck riders!

5 comments:

Gunnar Berg said...

Obviously it harder going uphill all the way.

Chaco Author said...

I guess there's no real strategy of getting through the smoke from the Wallow fire but to get through fast! Going south to north seems to be more challenging and personally would enjoy going downhill instead. Are there any reasons for riders to start from this new starting point? From which location would you start Barin?

Mimbres Man said...

Actually it is supposed to be more challenging heading N. Nothing to do with uphill, that's all relative.

In 1981, I did ride the continental divide from Palomas, Mexico to Jasper, Alberta. Way before a mtn bike route was established...mountain bikes weren't established yet.

If I were to do it now, I'd probably still start in Banff and work my way home.

Chaco Author said...

Awesome photo!

Mimbres Man said...

Thanks Chaco! That is on the road to Pie Town off of NM 117 (south of Grants). That is Matthew Lee's track.