LW ITT Update: Boreas Pass, CO

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Touring in Israel this spring, unknowingly training for the Tour Divide, and a late-summer solo ITT.  It all happens so fast.

Despite an hour at Orange Peel Cycles yesterday, and lingering rain in northern Colorado, Lael appears to have had a great day yesterday.  She was riding fast, excited that the end is in sight, although still over 1000 miles away.  By the time you read this, she will have crossed under the 1000-miles-to-go mark, which leaves the highest pass on the route, some of the most technical riding, a lot of pavement, and most likely, one final sleepless night to the border.  In short, the final 1000 miles will happen fast.

Lael called in while pedaling the paved bike path between Silvethorne, Frisco, and Breckenridge.  She sounded good and was happy to report that she got to ride the Lynx Pass, Radium, and Kremmling sections in the daylight.  Although, she reminded me that riding in the dark is much better this time with the new Fenix LD22 which arrived the day before she left Banff, and the reason she pushed back her start date by one day.  While it only claims 100 lumens in “high” mode, (over 200 in the short-lived turbo setting), it provides more than enough light for slow speed ascents and technical sections when the dynamo powered lamp dims.  Elsewhere on good roads at high speed, she can ride with only the Supernova E3 Triple.  For those that are looking into dynamo lighting options, the Supernova E3 Triple. the Exposure Revo, and lights from K-Lite are highly recommended.  For complete charging and lighting systems, no fuss, contact Kerry at K-Lite.  I’ve never used his stuff, but while fixing a flat on a Redline BMX bike yesterday I fielded a phone call from a customer, cradling the receiver between my shoulder and my ear, inquiring about dynamo lighting and charging systems.  The only really good answer I could give him was to order a complete system from K-Lite.  That is, unless you like researching, building, and experimenting.  

The Exposure Revo is also a great light with the brightest standlight of the three options.  The Supernova E3 series is very well made and adequately bright, and is widely available through several channels in the USA.

Lael camped at the base of Boreas Pass last night, bedding down about 1:30AM, and rising to begin riding at 5 AM.  She was over the 3000ft pass and descending on the Gold Dust Trail before I was awake for the morning.  She will arrive in Salida this afternoon and will be over Marshall Pass early this evening.  She told me yesterday that she really loves the series of passes between Salida and Del Norte– Marshall, Cochetopa, and Carnero, now her fourth time riding these passes in the last few years.  Then Del Norte, Horca, Abiqui, Cuba, Grants, Pie Town, Silver City…it all happens so fast.

Follow the yellow LW bubble on the Tour Divide 2015 Trackleaders page.  


Further reading:

Revelate Designs Blog

For a little more insight into Lael’s current ride, check out my conversation with Jill Homer on the Revelate Designs blog.  Thanks Jill and Eric!

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Coast Magazine

Also in Alaska, local mountain biking and endurance legend Janice Tower has published an excellent piece about Lael’s Tour Divide ride in the local Coast Magazine, a free Alaska-interest outdoors publication.  Thanks Janice!

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5 thoughts on “LW ITT Update: Boreas Pass, CO

  1. Nate, When are you leaving Anchorage and when are you planning to be at the border in time for Lael’s arrival? Will you be shadowing her anyplace along the way? I am thinking about driving down from ABQ and don’t want to be late.

    • I fly Fri morning at midnight, arrive in Tucson around 10AM, rent a car and drive to Silver City to visit friends and wait for Lael to roll through town. I will say hi to her there, probably sometime on Saturday, then wait at the border to pick her up. I might snap a photo along the route as I pass her on the way to the border, but mostly I will leave her alone as she rides. We’ll do a little photo shoot at the end and then back to Silver City. I’ve considered running up to ABQ and even SF to visit friends, but I think it would be too much driving. We fly from Tucson on Wednesday at noon.

  2. “It all happens so fast” you say? For Lael, maybe. I know it’s probably not in her temperament, but it would be great fun to see Lael enter some USAC sanctioned cross country race, maybe a marathon, or the Leadville 100. I think I know what would happen.

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