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Reflections on the 2022 Tour Divide and my Initial Gear List

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Reflections on the 2022 Tour Divide and my Initial Gear List

Ouch!  Mad respect to those that finished the TD this year, I wasn't one of them. My failure to complete the course, however, had nothing to do with my bike or gear, no mechanical or electrical issues over ~1,000 miles. I was the problem!! I've got some unfinished business out west. After doing nearly all of my training in the winter and spring in Indiana's cold, wet weather, my body took exception to the no-prep immersion to New Mexico's hot weather and higher-than-I-was-accustomed-to altitude. I had plane tickets to Calgary and hotel reservations in Banff and changed all that to...

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A 2,700-Mile Cycling Race Is Now Even More Extreme - NY Times

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A 2,700-Mile Cycling Race Is Now Even More Extreme - NY Times

A fantastic article from the New York Times discussing the impact of Climate Change on the Tour Divide and profiling the weather-related challenges of this year's race.

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TD Update 2

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TD Update 2

After a few days touring the highest elevations on the route (12,000+ft) I limped into Salida, Colorado. I’m going to re-assess my fitness from here. No mechanical issues, the bike is rock solid, it’s the rider! It’s been a real test of my physical limits, and I’m making sure my limits are not going to be a burden on others—specifically, SaR! Here are a few pictures since Abiquiu.           

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2022 TD Update

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2022 TD Update

Friday, June 22. Thought I’d do a quick update on the trip so far for my followers. Today I rode from Cuba New Mexico to Abiquiu lake and I’m staying at the Army Corps of Engineers campground here. The beauty of the site is breathtaking, but the nearest food is 6 miles away, so I’ll be dining on the cache of snacks I bought at the Dollar General in Cuba, NM last night.  Today was an easy day, maybe 55 miles, taking it easy after yesterday’s 130 from Grants, NM. I’m officially “touring” now, some heatstroke-related cramping while crossing the...

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Jefe Adds MaXalami Synthetic Tire Sealant and Two New Shutter Precision Hubsets

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Jefe Adds MaXalami Synthetic Tire Sealant and Two New Shutter Precision Hubsets

May 2022 -- Jefe Velo LLC has added three new product lines to its growing line of nonpareil bikepacking gear. The online site has added MaXalami Wurstwasser synthetic tire sealant, one of the best-selling tire sealants in Europe, and 100x15 thru axle & 100x9 quick release / 150x15 fat bike widths of Shutter Precision's high efficiency PD-8X dynamo hub.

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