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  • trail_rat
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    he is currently riding with craig stappler so technically they are both in the lead 😉

    flanagaj
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    I stand corrected. The live tracker does not show Craig Stapler, maybe he does not have a spot tracker

    trail_rat
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    it does

    it just shows mike on top of him , you have to zoom right in to see the two of them

    i only know because i was watching them ride together(ish) craig seeming to ride away from mike at some points ….. im curious as although both have pedigree – i dont really know craigs back ground but i know mike can get up again tomorrow and knock out the same pace- and the next day – and the next day…..

    flanagaj
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    I stand corrected (again!) If he keeps doing 200 mile days he will smash the current record. These guys are just machines

    mdb
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    James Olsen (jameso on here) is currently 15th. It’s early days yet so it could all change.

    flanagaj
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    Just had a look at the leader board of the 2013 Tour Divide http://trackleaders.com/tourdivide13 and see that Mike Hall the British guy who cycled around the world in 91 days is leading.

    According to spot tracker he has already ridden over 200 miles in 15 hours!

    trail_rat
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    MH is moving again at 10mph down the flat head valley….. its 3am there … he stopped at 200 miles at 11pm last night

    insomniac ?

    Premier Icon brant
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    What size wheels are they using?

    trail_rat
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    brant – 36 inch unicycles with schlumph 2 speeds

    trail_rat
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    at the border now.

    marvincooper
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    Now dropped to second. Just been reading the Tour Divide website. Another one for the bucket list!

    flanagaj
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    I reckon he’s bonked. Not been consuming his energy gels at the right intervals. Classic rookie error

    trail_rat
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    its a spot quirk , hes still leading with Craig – and about 40-50 miles up on JPs record atm .

    marvincooper
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    I was hoping a bear was involved, he’d fought it off with an aggressively wielded tyre lever and he is now back on the chase.

    flatfish
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    Not really a rookie, is he?

    Stappy also seems to have a good lead over Mike now.

    flanagaj
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    It was a tongue in cheek remark!

    marvincooper
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    I’m still seeing MH in second, am I missing something?

    trail_rat
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    ah yes its opened up since i last looked – theres a 10 mile gap now. maybe it was less of a spot glitch than i thought – as they bothe refreshed at a similar time this time.

    bland
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    I reckon mike has got fed up of him hanging off him, he will drop back and let him think he has the better of him and in a couple of days time do a 400 mile stint and blow him apart!

    He will be bored of small talk, he’s there to race, not socialise, 10 miles isn’t much and mike doesn’t need much sleep, in fact he perfected sleep riding on the nullabor last year!

    haydenw
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    Just last week finished reading Eat, Sleep, Ride. – cracking read – will be following the progress with interest.

    trail_rat
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    interesting theory bland – it might just work ;)i could see him getting up mega early again – i doubt craig would have bothered to go at 3am if mike hadnt …. mike will just be wanting to race his own race at his pace not craigs.

    ChrisE
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    I am keeping a close eye on JamesO of this forum (currently in 10th). For no other reason than that I’ve had a lot of correspondence with him, swapped notes on some trips and know that he’s a really good, nice, bloke.

    Good luck James

    C

    bigrich
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    Mike got held up on the American border for ages whilst they ate donuts.

    fontmoss
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    I am keeping a close eye on JamesO of this forum (currently in 10th). For no other reason than that I’ve had a lot of correspondence with him, swapped notes on some trips and know that he’s a really good, nice, bloke.

    Good luck James

    Same here, go on James!

    DT78
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    Just googled this. Are they really self supported? How the hell are they carrying all the kit they need?

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    How the hell are they carrying all the kit they need?

    they can buy food and any spares from ‘regular shops’ along the route so they’re self sufficient rather than self supported might be a better way of putting it. They can setup caches in advance, though.

    If you look at the link above you can see the kit that one racer is carrying.

    soobalias
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    am i looking at it right? JamesO currently 8th,

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    errm just missed the edit window sentece should say;

    They can’t setup caches in advance, though.

    trail_rat
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    but they were allowed (not sure if they still can) post stuff to POboxes along the way.

    bland
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    The idea is to carry virtually nothing, read mike halls blog! A urging you carry weighs you down so basically you ride, eat and sleep for a few hours! No change of clothes etc, just a tiny tent and sleeping bag and a few spares

    DT78
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    read about the kit he carries, impressivly little, didn’t see much about how much food he needs to carry with him for 200 miles per day – that must be a lot, plus you can’t guarantee the food you want is at the next place… I can’t see him popping into the local supermarket for powerbars at the end of each days 200 miles?

    Proper epic adventure!

    trail_rat
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    you eat what you can when you can .

    Premier Icon MSP
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    I can’t see him popping into the local supermarket for powerbars at the end of each days 200 miles?

    I think they do a fair bit of that, not powerbars but high energy dense food like peanut butter. Also they eat at cafes and sleep in motels etc when possible.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Mike favoured McDonalds when he was doing his round-the-world trip.

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    Apparently, eating chocolate coated Esspresso beans is a favourite to get them away in the morning… 😯

    wbss
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    I heard Mike Hall is 99% titanium.

    bland
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    Don’t forget mike sustained 200 miles per day for 92 days last year!

    He is only 97% titanium now, he lost the other 2% when he had his pain barrier removed!

    trail_rat
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    hes 60 odd miles down on stappler now….

    taking bets on mike being first finisher.

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