OK, it looks very much like I'm going to ride the 2022 Tour Divide as an individual time trial, departing the third or fourth week of June. Six months out, my high-level target is to complete the ~2,700 miles in 23 - 27 days. I was at the grand depart in 2018 but scratched and in 2019, picked up where I left off and toured for two weeks. I know what I'm getting into here and my mind and body are in a reasonable place to make those kinds of predictions.
Based on multiple requests from readers, I've posted my working bike and gear list--with the level of granular detail several degrees above what makes the annual "rigs of the tour divide" article on bikepacking.com. I'm around 90% complete on the bike setup, I'll post some glamour shots as soon as it's together.
If you haven't checked out the One of Seven Project website, the off season might be the time to do it--because you're going to need that much time to consume the mad knowledge that Craig Fowler is dropping over there. I'll let Craig explain the website name in his own words, his mission is pretty damn motivating.
When I'm out riding or at the shop, I try to avoid the biker-bro mentality where hammering and suffering are the thing to brag on. Having ridden all of the major North American routes, Craig's clearly been to the edge but doesn't care to brag about it, one of seven is about shredding and understanding how the journey has changed you.