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    Tour Divide, North to South or South to North?

    For those of you that have ridden the Tour Divide which direction would you recommend as the starting point. The traditional North to South, or South to North?

    I’m thinking North to South, but a part of me thinks why not from the South? From your experience, what are the pros and cons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VO2 Lax View Post
    For those of you that have ridden the Tour Divide which direction would you recommend as the starting point. The traditional North to South, or South to North?

    I’m thinking North to South, but a part of me thinks why not from the South? From your experience, what are the pros and cons?
    I rode North to South back in 2011.

    I believe that some of the climbs coming from the South would be tougher, as in steeper, but honestly I believe that the weather would be better. You would miss much of the snow (Well, at MY speed you might!) and have a much better endpoint.

    I'm sure you know, but Antelope Well is little more than a gate, small portal patrol building, and outhouse. And it's a good 70 miles from I-10.

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    If you were to do it again or recommend it to your friends, would you go South to North instead? Or would you say go the traditional way so you can experience it as mapped by Adventure Cycling Association and original race route?

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    Never done it, but I want to someday, and I think south to north would be better. Reasons: the scenery gets to its most spectacular as you finish, rather than its most bland; you get the long stretches of desert without water supply out of the way first; and you have the sun at your back instead of in your eyes.

    However, I don't know about the possible factors of climb steepness and wind direction. It just seems like heading north would be more enjoyable for a lot of reasons.

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    I'm doing the full trip summer 2014, I live in Calgary, my home is 128kms away from Banff. South to North is starting to make more sense. As far as harder climbs, it's always been my experience that the end of a climb is greeted by a decent.

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    Racing the Tour this year and going south to north because of the heat, would rather do New Mexico early June than mid July. I've studied the profile on the ACA maps and it comes out pretty even for elevation. If you have a possitive attitude the wind is always at your back... right?
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    With as much snow as the route is getting this year, I think racing South to North (Nobo!) is the most logical option.
    Quote Originally Posted by Yukon Alvin View Post
    Racing the Tour this year and going south to north because of the heat, would rather do New Mexico early June than mid July. I've studied the profile on the ACA maps and it comes out pretty even for elevation. If you have a possitive attitude the wind is always at your back... right?

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    Hey FNFAL,
    do you remember the direction of the dominent wind in New Mexico? Would love a tail wind, please, please!!
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    I'm a huge fan of the Tour Divide race. I've never done it, but if I was I think I would go "traditional" and go North to South. Seems like I would want to earn Pie Town.

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    Going North to South, the traditional route after getting advise from veteran racers.

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    Tour Divide, North to South or South to North?

    I've done north-south (last year) but have heard south-north is harder due to prevailing winds.

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    I have heard the opposite about the wind. Now that winter is coming it's the Northern wind that brings the cold. In the middle of summer it's hotter the farther south you go. The warm prevailing winds seem to be from the south. The weather here can truly suck in June, it's the wettest month of the year in Southern Alberta, we experienced the worst floods in history this year. August is spectacular in Alberta and British Columbia.

    We fly in to New Mexico July 1st 2014 and are riding home. We are taking 45-60 days.

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    Winds in the southern part tend to blow from the west. BIG storm systems can cause issues and they usually start to show up in July. I'm doing NOBO this summer mainly because I live about 200 miles from Antelope Wells. I also want to avoid the heat (thought it's already hot as balls by June down here) and hopefully avoid ridiculous snowpack up north.
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    I rode it SoBo this year and am planning a NoBo in 2014. Banff is a much nicer destination than AW and I look forward to meeting some of the SoBo guys on the route.

    Still not sure though. The Grand Depart is pretty neat.
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    i think nothbound is a bit harder do to a few climbs, the wind coming out of the west most of the time through the basin and reversed cues if your using the maps can be tricky
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