25 days….what???? No worries, I’m ready to rock. I feel like my training through the winter has been spot on and that has pushed me into spring with solid growth. I actually took a complete week off 2 weeks ago, because I felt like I was ahead and peaking. I’m getting down to my fighting weight and super lean at the moment, constantly eating. The Tour is dynamically interesting in the fact that it is so long and that you really become conditioned as you race it. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t train or prepare for the course. Of course you need to come in with fitness and endurance that you have developed through the winter and spring. However, there is no way to actually train for the Tour in Tour like conditions for the length of time the Tour demands. You will actually race into Tour shape as you begin your journey south. Then you will start to tear down towards the end and it really becomes a psychological thriller taking place in your mind. All of that being said, I feel like I will tow the start line in great shape: fitness/conditioning, endurance and psychologically. I have my strategy in mind of how I will race this time with the focus on speed. That plan is flexible as it must be when taking on an epic like the Tour.
I have 3 weeks roughly to finish up my prep and complete the dialing in process of gear and such. I have another over nighter training session planned along with a few centuries here and there. Mostly though I will maintain my 15-20 hours/wk in the saddle. I have my plane ticket to Calgary and need to make my hotel reservations this week. It is all coming together. Price Point has loaded me up with the best and I feel confident in my bike and gear to once again get me to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells. I have compiled a list below along with a picture of my gear selection for this 2013 edition of the Tour Divide. I will have a light setup, which has its pros and cons. I’m relying on the pros. One day at a time is the key to a successful Tour. In a few weeks, I will post the tracking website and how you can communicate with me out there. Stay tuned and thanks for all of your support. It will be key when I’m out there in the hurt locker.
If you have ever wondered what it takes, gear wise, to tackle an event like the Tour. Take a look below at what I will use to make my way along the Continental Divide in self-support mode.
1-Shimano Unzen Pack w/3l bladder
4-Pearl Izumi Rain Jacket
6-NRS thick layer long sleeve shirt
7-Gore Heavy Cold/Rain Gloves
8-Marmot Minimalist Pants
10-Rocky Goretex Socks
11-Smartwool Knee Warmers
13-Pearl Izumi Divide Riding Gloves
15-Louis Garneau Socks-Short
16-WBR Jersey and Bibs
17-Pearl Izumi Beanie
18-Pearl Izumi Baselayer-sleeveless
19-Mountain Hardwear Bivy Shelter
20-Mountain Hardwear Sleeping Bag
21-Thermorest Sleeping Pad
22-Tire Tube-2nd one is mounted on the bike frame
24-Sidi Cycling Shoes
25-Giro Atmos Helmet
27-Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves/Arm Warmers
29-Pearl Izumi Baselayer-long sleeve
32-Avid Brake Pads-2pr.
33-Chain Brush and Rag
37-First Aid Kit-Advil, Band Aids,Tape,Gauze,Alcohol Pads,Antibiotic Ointment, Water Purification Tablets
38-Toothbrush and Toothpaste
41-Ipod-Earphones and Charging Cord
43-Fenix Bike Light
44-Petzl Tikka Head Light
46-Smart Phone and Charging Cord
48-Crank Brothers Multi Tool
49-Rear Red Tail Light
51-Crank Brothers Tire Pump
55-3 Bye Kyle Straps
57-2 SRAM 10 Spd. Chain Links
59-3 Squirt Chain Lube
60-Tire Patch Kit
62-Pass Port, ID, $, Insurance Card
*On the bike mounted, I have zip-ties and duct tape inserted in the support bars of my sleeping setup.
*I will use 6 bags (1 Seat Bag by Custom Rob, 2 feed bags by Revelate Designs, 1 Jerry Can by Revelate Designs, 1 Handlebar Harness by Revelate Designs and 1 Fuel Tank by Revelate Designs)mounted on the bike to carry all of this equipment, plus my hydration pack.
*I will have a waterproof bag, Sea to Summit, in the seat bag, handlebar harness and hydration pack to keep my gear dry.