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Dec 15, 2011
05:26 pm

I am going to do an insane race called the Tour Divide 2700 miles and 200,000 feet of climbing, here is a trailer on it.

http://vimeo.com/9654326

if anyone has infomation on bike set up etc for these types of Ultramaraton adventures that would be very much appericated. Planning on doing this June next year if everything works out or the following year which will probalby be more likely due to the training and cost invloved.

 
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Dec 15, 2011
05:40 pm

I'd say a medium height stem, clip in pedals, hard tail carbon bike with 80mm suspension or this pre-made http://www.enduro360.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/paris-dakar86_2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.enduro360.com/2010/10/07/blog/honda-adventure-bikes/&h=1692&w=2028&sz=450&tbnid=j-0i90-4Em_xzM:&tbnh=97&tbnw=116&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dparis%2Bdakar%2Bbike%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=paris+dakar+bike&docid=1zyG3HjDa6RDhM&sa=X&ei=oKLpTtjKHa2aiAei9qWwBw&ved=0CDkQ9QEwAg&dur=1037">race bike

Man, that is massive, good luck on your journey.

 
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Dec 15, 2011
09:51 pm

Looks amazing - I liked it so much I bought the movie...

Good luck!

 
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Dec 16, 2011
07:12 am

Wow! The Tour Divide is the stuff legends are made of! Good Luck Jason.

 
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10:16 am

Quote: hootsmon

Wow! The Tour Divide is the stuff legends are made of! Good Luck Jason.

WHAT HE SAID!!

 
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Dec 16, 2011
10:55 am

Sometimes you just see something and you say , i have got to do that. I have watched the full movie for the last two nights and i can only image the task at hand. Probably going to set up my Cannodale 29er for this as ddon't really have to much to change on it besides adding a Riser Bar, Bar Ends, Profile Bars and Panniners and Racks. Going to work it all out over the Christmas break.

 
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Dec 16, 2011
12:38 pm

Have you done much ultralight travel? This can be just as important as bike setup. I'm doing something similar next year - fitness, health, gear, spares, logistics - all gotta be on top of it.

The US has so many great long distance trails, CTR, AZT, great divide, Iditabike...

 
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01:28 pm

Quote: Area54

Have you done much ultralight travel? This can be just as important as bike setup. I'm doing something similar next year - fitness, health, gear, spares, logistics - all gotta be on top of it.

The US has so many great long distance trails, CTR, AZT, great divide, Iditabike...

Hello Troy, I haven't done any lightweight travel yet and yes I agree fitness, health, gear and logistics is extremely important. I have alot of research to do as well, so if you can steer me in the right direction on the gear side of things that would be greatly appreciated. Fitness/Training side I am already with Donna at PCS for this part. How was the rest of your ride on Sunday after Ductk Creek Rd.

 
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06:56 pm

This is an awesome undertaking. I salute you. Keep us updated as you get your rig together.

 
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Dec 16, 2011
08:09 pm

Awesome idea Jason Have you thought about doing some shorter ones first? Maybe sme of the NZ ones?

 
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Dec 16, 2011
09:45 pm

Looks like the plan is for 2013, next year is just to much of a push to get everything organised, training starts in the new year and believe me i am not taking this lightly, i do realize this is going to be hard but thats just the challege.

I have been looking for a goal / idea / something in my life for the last two years and have been aa massive fan of documentarys like Long Way Round and Race to Dakar, so when i saw this, BANG its on.

Thanks to all for the support already.

 
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Dec 16, 2011
09:59 pm

Dude are you insane. Good luck!

 
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10:10 pm

Hi Jason, I have the trail maps and some books as well as blog links by former racers if you want a look. You can buy the full mapset from the Adventure Cycling Association in Missoula, Montana. They created the course and know all about it. I also have a full set of ultralight bikepacking bags if you want to see what you need.

You will no doubt notice that Matthew Lee(5 time winner) rides a Lefty Fork Cannondale in the movie, so it can't be that bad of a choice.

 
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Dec 17, 2011
08:41 am

Quote: jason kennedy

Quote: Area54

Have you done much ultralight travel? This can be just as important as bike setup. I'm doing something similar next year - fitness, health, gear, spares, logistics - all gotta be on top of it.

The US has so many great long distance trails, CTR, AZT, great divide, Iditabike...

Hello Troy, I haven't done any lightweight travel yet and yes I agree fitness, health, gear and logistics is extremely important. I have alot of research to do as well, so if you can steer me in the right direction on the gear side of things that would be greatly appreciated. Fitness/Training side I am already with Donna at PCS for this part. How was the rest of your ride on Sunday after Ductk Creek Rd.

Ride was great, descend to Canungra, feed and water topoff, up the goat track to Tambo, then some pony trails back to Beenleigh/Tambo road. Was going to go over the range near Ormeau over some of my old 4x4 stomping ground trails, but got caught in the storm and the thought of riding over slick blue metal and muddy descents didn't appeal, so road it was. Another training weekend down.

I rode a bit of the AZT last year with a local, right up on the snowline. Awesome.

https://picasaweb.google.com/104138395718229015103/ParkTool2010#5686858868301203442

https://picasaweb.google.com/104138395718229015103/ParkTool2010#5686858868227686146

 
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Dec 17, 2011
10:22 am

Quote: Area54

Quote: jason kennedy

Quote: Area54

Have you done much ultralight travel? This can be just as important as bike setup. I'm doing something similar next year - fitness, health, gear, spares, logistics - all gotta be on top of it.

The US has so many great long distance trails, CTR, AZT, great divide, Iditabike...

Hello Troy, I haven't done any lightweight travel yet and yes I agree fitness, health, gear and logistics is extremely important. I have alot of research to do as well, so if you can steer me in the right direction on the gear side of things that would be greatly appreciated. Fitness/Training side I am already with Donna at PCS for this part. How was the rest of your ride on Sunday after Ductk Creek Rd.

Ride was great, descend to Canungra, feed and water topoff, up the goat track to Tambo, then some pony trails back to Beenleigh/Tambo road. Was going to go over the range near Ormeau over some of my old 4x4 stomping ground trails, but got caught in the storm and the thought of riding over slick blue metal and muddy descents didn't appeal, so road it was. Another training weekend down.

I rode a bit of the AZT last year with a local, right up on the snowline. Awesome.

https://picasaweb.google.com/104138395718229015103/ParkTool2010#5686858868301203442

https://picasaweb.google.com/104138395718229015103/ParkTool2010#5686858868227686146

Troy, we need to chat! That looks like a truck load of fun.

Jason
Here are some of the links I have compiled over the last year or so....
The Official Tour Divide website. http://tourdivide.org/

ACA for the maps and trail notes. http://www.adventurecycling.org/

Kurt Refshnider won the race this year. http://krefs.blogspot.com/2011/06/finished.html

I think Aiden Harding came second this year. http://www.aidanharding.com/2011/07/tour-divide-kit-list/

Jill Homer set the women’s record in 2009. She has a great general blog too. Always riding or running. Her tour divide blog starts here in June 2009. http://arcticglass.blogspot.com/2009/06/going-on-tour.html
Bikepacking.net is a great resource for all things bikepacking/ultralight endurance racing related. They have a Tour Divide thread. You might need to sign up as a member to access the forum. http://www.bikepacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=2179.0

Everyone uses Eric, at Revelate Designs, bags. He really knows his stuff. He has some great videos of bikepacking trips on his blog too. http://www.revelatedesigns.com/index.cfm



Two things to think of in addition to all the gear questions is that all of the riders this year are used to cold weather, but they all really rugged up and wore warm clothing as it was a cold year. This would really be a hurdle from someone coming from a sub tropical climate like Brisbane. The second is, if you have ever been to the states and gone grocery shopping, it can be very hard to figure out what the hell you are buying! When you are in a race this long, that is self supported, you really need to get your sustanence right and some research (go early and shop for a few days) would really pay off.
You need a gps that you can load thousands of track points into and has changable batteries, as there is no time(or place) to charge anything. While not mandatory, I think you would be mad to go without a Spot tracker. http://www.roamingtech.com.au/products/brand/spot/spot2-satellite-gps-tracker-orange.aspx?overview
Hope this info helps. I might come too if you go in 2013!
Cheers
Dave
Edit: Sorry about the font, but I don't know how to fix it up.
✎ Dec 17, 2011 10:25 am  
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12:42 pm

Bump

Just curious to see if your still on track to do this?

I'm in the process of kitting up to do some multi day bike packing trips.

Something like the Tour Divide has to go on the bucket list.

 
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Sep 26, 2017
12:54 am

Wow a very old thread here... I'm just wondering maybe there's somebody here that are still active on bicycle touring.. Hopefully I can ask what is the best bike today that suits for a very long travel.