Tour Divide 2013
mike and craig have made friends again and are riding together…… make em or break em …. i imagine either one would probably be rather riding alone right now as its going to be impossible to get the jump unless someone breaks ….
craigs probably going to be glad on the rest though as mike seems to be taking longer than himPosted 4 years agoMSPSubscriber
I am quite surprised at how some are portraying the race. I just don’t see it as the kind of event where the competitors try to “out psych” each other, I see it very much as being a very mentally internalised competition to drive yourself to you maximum, rather than focusing on your competitors.Posted 4 years ago
MSP – have you listened to the call ins ?
craig openly admits to trying to build a gap between him and mike as it was the only way he was going to beat him if he did as hes a very hard man to shake. Mike probably doesnt care tbh and is riding his own race and thats why he is still going hard.Posted 4 years agoblandMember
Lets just say the scenery is an added bonus!
Mike clearly wanted distance an his good night sleep the night before was clearly in preparation for a long old stint to put in some distance between the two!
I always remember mike asking if I fancied joining him and TT on a 24 hour ride, basically see how far you get. Where you planning, Leeds, Scarborough, Blackpool way, into dales and drop back down to Leeds
Yeah I’ll pass at but have a good onePosted 4 years agoblandMember
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By my reckoning, Mike set off from mile 1190 where he kipped the night before and finished his day at around mile 1490 – chuffin’ 300 mile day.
Gooo ooooonnnnn my sannnnn !
He is nails !!
@bland 300 mile days – really?
I know Mike is capable of 200 mile days which he did on his round the world record but 300 miles off road is simply mental.
Obviously Mike’s first stab at the TDR resulted in him picking up an injury, plus his recent blog on facing his demons makes me wonder whether he’ll push hard until some way after the half way mark.
Who knows. To my mind he’s definitely the favourite.
Dont like to say i told you so……….Posted 4 years agomuppetWranglerMember
Been following this for the last few day.
Does anyone know whether it’s within the rules to keep track of your competitors on your own phone?
Would mike know how much of a lead he has or is the sound of someone shouting ‘rider coming through’ the first indication that he’s gonna get?Posted 4 years agoMSPSubscriber
I didn’t realise there was a 2x rule.
I am more liking the idea of doing it as a TT rather than the grand depart, just do it as fast as I can, battle my own capabilities. Not only am I a good chunk slower than these guys on the bike, I just couldn’t make do with so little sleep.
Combining the speed they travel at, with the tiny bits of sleep, I think they must be aliens or mutants or something, they sure as hell aint human.
By the way, does anyone know if that UK divide style race is going to be repeated again?Posted 4 years agoBlackhoundSubscriber
It’s not 2x record pace it is 1.5 times. Stop following the dots and get out on the bloody bike;-) Could be <22 days the way they are going.
I seem to recall the 2x is for ITT only, not sure if an error, or anomaly.
By the way Craig is a really nice guy and very competitive, I had the pleasure of a day in his company 2 years ago. But I like Mike as well and will be really happy for the winner but also very sorry for the loser.
MSP – Do you mean the Highland Trail Race from Tyndrum? If so then yes, it is on again. Entries from November 1st:Posted 4 years agocompositeSubscriber
MSP do you mean EWE (England Wales England? Think it only had 3 riders last year and none finished? As I remember; there were a lot of issues with the route not actually being that rideable due to how much rain we had.
Not seen anything on Aidan’s blog about him organising it again this year.Posted 4 years ago
Well Craig and Mike are currently stationary at the same point!
Mike’s been there 7 hrs longer than Craig so (hopefully) got a lot of rest. Great effort from CS to catch up though.
Edit: Ah, perhaps this explains it:-
“in Steamboat as of around 10:25. Replaced SPOT batteries but doesn’t appear to be working”
So Mike’s not with Craig but is further along the trail but SPOT not working (should have checked the update times), darn! Not a great ad for SPOT is it.Posted 4 years ago
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