The lady’s legs in Del Norte, CO. The Revelate Designs temporary tattoo had survived 2000 miles and 12 days, and remained on her left calf as she arrived at the Mexican border. Photo by the legendary Tour Divide correspondant Eddie Clark.
As the final riders of the Tour Divide 2015 arrive at the border at Antelope Wells, NM, the top finishers near two full weeks of recovery. Some riders, like Jay Petervary and Alice Drobna are refocusing their bodies and bikes for the Colorado Trail race which begins on July 26. Both riders are attempting to complete the Triple Crown of Bikepacking by finishing the three most prominent bikepacking racing in the country: the Arizona Trail Race (AZTR), the Tour Divide (TD), and the Colorado Trail Race (CTR). Alice will be the first woman to complete all three in one season. Along the way she set a new women’s record on the AZTR, finishing in 9:13:53; and a new singlespeed women’s record on the Tour Divide, finishing in 19:22:04, over two days faster than her 2014 finish in 22:06:36. Jay is on track to set an overall Triple Crown record, calculated by adding the total time on all three routes. Alice will set the bar high for other women. The Triple Crown of Bikepacking must be completed in one season. Bikepacking ultra-records are published and maintained by Scott Morris at Bikepacking.net.
Bethany Dunne, from Australia, finished the Tour Divide in 19:02:37, an hour faster than Eszter Horanyi’s record time from 2012. Her husband Seb, who suffered a broken fork in Northern New Mexico, rejoined Beth along the route for the ride to the finish. Seb sourced a carbon Niner fork with help from Andy Peirce, a Del Norte, CO framebuilder.
Over ninety riders who left Banff (or Antelope Wells) for the Grand Depart are expected to finish in under 30 days. The sole tandem team of Billy Rice and his daughter Lina, comprising the self-named Team Rice Burner, are likely to finish tomorrow. In recent days, seasonal monsoons have muddied many New Mexico roadways. Lina’s video updates from the back seat of the tandem are priceless.
In this past week, a flurry of media has surrounded the finishers of the Tour Divide. Click the images below to link to lots of great reading. Thanks to Eddie Clark at Mountain Flyer for his summaries of the Tour Divide 2015; Mitchell Clinton, a Silver City based freelance photographer; Aaron Gulley at Outside Online; Logan Watts and Virginia Krabill at Pedaling Nowhere; and Neil Beltchenko and Lindsey Arne at Bikepackers Magazine. Eddie has followed the Tour Divide for years, traveling the west in his dusty red pick-up truck to capture riders along the route. The other three articles are interviews with Lael. Aaron’s interview, recorded live in person while Lael was in Santa Fe, is particularly candid. The other two provide unique perspectives, exploring both racing and touring perspectives.
The last two links are to local publications in Silver City, NM and Anchorage, AK.
Also, check out the stream of stories coming from Lael’s Globe of Adventure.
Mountain Flyer: Tour Divide Final Report (Eddie Clark)
Outside Online: How Lael Wilcox Crushed the Tour Divide (Aaron Gulley)
Pedaling Nowhere: Q&A with Lael Wilcox on the Tour Divide, Travel, and Life Off-Route (Virginia Krabill and Logan Watts)
Bikepackers Magazine: Lael Wilcox–The Queen of the Tour Divide (Lindsey Arne and Neil Beltchenko)
Silver City Daily Press: Un-Slowable: Meet the New Female Tour Divide Record Holder (Jennifer C. Olson)
Anchorage Daily News/Alaska Dispatch News: 17 days and 2745 miles after starting, Anchorage cyclist sets record in Continental Divide race (Beth Bragg)