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    2006 GDR starts today

    Check out the ACA press release below. Of note is that there are rumored to be 2-3 fixed gear riders in this year's race.

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    For Immediate Release
    June 23, 2006
    Contact: Aaron Teasdale
    800-755-2453 x237 [email protected]



    Great Divide Race Starts Today on Adventure Cycling’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

    World’s Longest Mountain Bike Route Hosts World’s Longest Mountain Bike Race

    Missoula, Montana – At 12:00 p.m. today, June 23, in remote country high on the Montana/Canada border, the third annual Great Divide Race begins. Following the Adventure Cycling Association’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route <www.adventurecycling.org/routes/greatdivide.cfm> , racers will pedal a stupendous 2,490 miles of remote, mountainous terrain along the spine of the continent to the New Mexico/Mexico border. Making the ride even more impressive is the fact that all riders are entirely self-supported – no outside assistance or SAG support of any kind is allowed.

    “People who race the GDR have no interest in a pit crew, in having pacers, in having support, or anything like that,” says race organizer Mike Curiak. “They want the all-encompassing race, where not only do they have to ride, they have to make their own meals, fix their bike, navigate, all that stuff. They want the ultimate challenge.”

    “The race really honors the Great Divide Route and what it’s all about,” says Cannondale rider Matthew Lee, the winner of last year’s GDR and a racer again in 2006. “It’s bikepacking at its best.”

    John Stamstad, the now-retired Michael Jordan of endurance mountain biking, set the original Great Divide Route speed record in 1999 when he blazed it in a seemingly impossible 18 days, 5 hours (most riders take two months or more). Then, in 2004, the first year the race was held, Curiak shattered Stamstad’s record with a time of 16 days, 57 minutes. Whether Curiak’s amazing record – averaging 150+ miles a day on three-to-four hours sleep a night – will ever be broken remains to be seen, but more than one racer in this year’s field admits to having it in their sights.

    Less ambitious riders looking to experience the Great Divide Route and mountain-bike travel at a more enjoyable pace have lots of options. The simplest is to pick a scenic stretch and go ride – Adventure Cycling’s detailed maps <www.adventurecycling.org/routes/greatdivide.cfm> for the route make finding your way easy. Outside magazine calls the Montana section of the Great Divide Route “A glorious 800-mile medley of fire and logging roads, jeep and singletrack trails.”

    To learn more about the Great Divide Race go to www.greatdividerace.com <www.greatdividerace.com> . To follow the riders in this year’s race, check out the official blog here: www.greatdividerace.blogspot.com (rumor has it that several riders will race this year on fixed-gear bikes, taking the challenge to mind-boggling levels of difficulty). Last year’s winner Matthew Lee has his own blog – www.tourdivide.blogspot.com <www.tourdivide.blogspot.com> – that offers photographs, a description of the route, and his audio messages from the race. MTBCast will be carrying daily podcasts with commentary and phoned-in reports from the racers themselves at www.mtbcast.com <www.mtbcast.com> .

    The largest cycling organization in North America, The Adventure Cycling Association is a 501(c)(3) 42,000-member, non-profit in Missoula, Montana dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to travel by bicycle. For more information please visit www.adventurecycling.org <http://www.adventurecycling.org> . To learn more about the Great Divide Route or to request an Adventure Cycling press kit, contact Aaron Teasdale, Media Liaison, at 800-755-2453 x237 or [email protected].


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    Go Matt!

    I believe Matt Chester is doing this. Deifinitely single, probably fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSkoolMark
    I believe Matt Chester is doing this. Deifinitely single, probably fixed.
    Yep. Matt and Rudi Nadler are riding it fixed, as is (I'm 99% sure) David Nice.

    Should be fun to follow their progress.

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    Rad.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Yep. Matt and Rudi Nadler are riding it fixed, as is (I'm 99% sure) David Nice.MC
    that's pretty incredible. Hope they all finish! And nice going putting it together MC. Oh, and this ain't too shabby either -

    Then, in 2004, the first year the race was held, Curiak shattered Stamstad’s record with a time of 16 days, 57 minutes.

    In related news; I rode my fixie to Starbucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    that's pretty incredible. Hope they all finish! And nice going putting it together MC. Oh, and this ain't too shabby either -

    Then, in 2004, the first year the race was held, Curiak shattered Stamstad’s record with a time of 16 days, 57 minutes.
    Not just fixed, but fixie 'cross for Matt and Rudi.

    In related news; I rode my fixie to Starbucks.
    I moved my fixie wheel for one side of the shop to the other.
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    Dave Nice

    Rocks a fixed Surly cross check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Not just fixed, but fixie 'cross for Matt and Rudi.
    Fixie on skinny tires for 2500 miles? My butt hurts just thinking about it. More power to 'em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlowBoy
    Fixie on skinny tires for 2500 miles? My butt hurts just thinking about it. More power to 'em.

    Not just butt, but hands too. They'll be sore from the rattling of the riding, but also from changing flats out there and switching tires front to back to make it to the next town to buy some new ones.

    You definitely don't need full-size mtb tires on that route, but you sure do appreciate 'em if you've got 'em. Air volume = good. More air volume = better.

    Should be fun to 'watch' it all go down.

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    Some people...

    are just rotten punks to the core. Check out the blog, Dave Nice had his fixie Surly KM stolen while he slept on the side of the road! Link below. Godspeed to all the riders, and our prayers for Dave!

    http://www.greatdividerace.blogspot.com/

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    If anyone wants to send a message of support to Dave Nice after his bike was stolen, or contribute a few dollars to getting the poor bloke back on the road please contact his friend Chris Plesko ([email protected]).

    After all the prep that Dave did to have his dream ended in this way is sick, I'm sure any love from his biking brothers (and sisters!) would be appreciated.

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    Dave Nice support

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    There is something set up for David Nice by a close friend of his.

    paypal!
    Yes there is a fund going to help David! David's friend Scott Taylor at Salvagetti Bicycles is in charge and has already ordered lots of stuff out of his own pocket. If you can spare anything, even $5, and you would like to help out an awesome guy send a donation to Dave via paypal to

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