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    And They're Off! 2019 Tour Divide and 2019 Bike set ups

    The Tour Divide started today.

    Bikepacking.com has a Rigs of the 2019 Tour Divide page up.

    A week ago, Patagonia and Chumba Bikes here in Austin, TX sponsored a talk by Alexandera Houchin, who was last year's Tour Divide women's winner and a Chumba rider: chumbausa.com/riders

    Last year she raced with gears; this year she's going rigid single speed on a titanium Chumba frame with dropper seat post (!). She doesn't bother with lycra or bike shoes; cut offs and boots work for her. She has a super warm Patagonia sleeping bag and an $8 tarp from Home Depot for shelter. I got the impression that she didn't spend a lot of time sleeping in the 23 or so days on the route and just finds shelter under a bridge or elsewhere if it's inclement weather. Snow and cold are not a factor for her; she lives in Minnesota. Here's a bit more about her from Outside Online: She Learned to Bike at 20. Now She's a Champion.

    She just blew all of us away. She grew up very poor, weighed 300 lbs in high school and had not ridden a bike until she was 20 years old and she's 28 or 29 now. She's an endurance racer, but is also a Senior pre-dental college student during the fall and spring semesters, with a double major in Chemistry and Native American Studies.

    Someone asked her how you prepare for a race when you can't train full time and she suggested just riding your bike to the race, and over four or five days, you'll gain conditioning.

    She had completed 2019 Dirty Kanza XL and had planned to ride her bike from Kansas to Austin to give her talk last Saturday, but extreme flooding in Oklahoma blocked that as an option, so she got a ride with friends. I'll be following her and another team of women from Austin.

    The 2019 Tour Divide Live Tracker is here if you are following anyone.
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    Go Alexandera

    ps; what happened to her in the AZTR 300?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccm View Post
    Go Alexandera

    ps; what happened to her in the AZTR 300?
    LeaderBoard shows her status as scratched. Don't know if that means she didn't start or started and didn't finish.
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    Day two and Alexandera is 15th overall (2nd woman) and has knocked out 278 miles. She's behind Lael Wilcox (1st woman), who is third overall with 333.4 miles under her tires. Blistering pace.
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    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
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    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    AND Alexandera is on a SS to boot.

    I love the pics of the rigs this year.
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    Some cool rigs. While I certainly get the idea of riding the bike you have, I have to think that the two guys on F/S Bikes are going to be hating life after 150k feet of climbing. Not to mention the amount of lifespan that a race that long takes out of your bike.

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