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    Tour Divide and Great Divide Race

    It seems to me that if someone races the Tour Divide that they are also racing the GDR. This year I followed the Tour Divide daily but not the GDR. Why don't the race blogs and results for both races get combined? What if someone sets a course record for the GDR while doing the Tour Divide, would it be recognized and recorded on the GDR website?

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    Whoa! Have a bit of a search on here for the history of the two races, they are run under slightly different rules which is the main difference.

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    I like controversy and I like long bike rides, therefore I post.

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    I want to see some research about the value of canned worms as a race day supplement

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    I wonder about the rules. When the GDR came thru steamboat I was at Orange Peel, our local shop and the two leaders were in house restocking their supplies. The "event" is run without outside support, no team cars, or handups, yet stopping along the way and staying at a hotel or resuppling at the LBS is OK. Could someone please explain why I can't have someone support me on the trail, but i can get all the support I can buy when I'm in a town? If you are riding "unsupported", then why not designate support stations, US Post offices and only allow support packages mailed proir to the event to be used. Level the playing field entirely.

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    Go to greatdividerace.com or tourdivide.org the rules are self explanatory.
    just put me back on my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbsbiker
    I wonder about the rules. When the GDR came thru steamboat I was at Orange Peel, our local shop and the two leaders were in house restocking their supplies. The "event" is run without outside support, no team cars, or handups, yet stopping along the way and staying at a hotel or resuppling at the LBS is OK. Could someone please explain why I can't have someone support me on the trail, but i can get all the support I can buy when I'm in a town? If you are riding "unsupported", then why not designate support stations, US Post offices and only allow support packages mailed proir to the event to be used. Level the playing field entirely.
    Seems like a pretty level playing field as it is to me. Everyone follows the same route and can buy the same stuff along the way.

    If someone helps you along the trail it requires you to have someone willing to drive half way across the country (literally) and spend half a month with nothing better to do than hand you stuff.

    If you only allowed stuff you mailed ahead you would have a very big toss of the dice at the beginning. Let's say someone breaks their derailler. Current rules would allow you to limp single speed to a LBS where you could buy a new one. Your proposed rules would make someone predict in advance that their derailler would break and mail it to a place where they could fix their bike. I don't see how this would even any playing field and would, at best, randomize the event to the point where luck may have as big an impact as fitness.

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