I’ve been following the Great Divide Race for the last couple of years, and it’s a fascinating event. Originally mapped out by Adventure Cycling as a touring route along the continental divide, it has evolved into a race over the last few years, this year attracting 25 starters. It’s a massive undertaking: 2500 miles of entirely self-supported cycling as a RACE. Mike Curiak set the current record in 2004, finishing in just over 16 days, averaging 156 miles per day. That’s hard riding. Just showing up is difficult, and finishing at all is amazing.
I want to do it. Someday. Yes, it’s totally crazy, but i’m fascinated.