Andy & Sammy’s Tour Divide Adventure
On the 1st August Andy and Sammy are due to attempt to ‘Ride the Divide’. The Tour Divide roughly follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route which is a 2,745 mile off road Cycle route that criss-crosses the Continental Divide in North America 19 times up the length of the Rocky Mountains. The Tour Divide roughly follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) and is the most recognized and important off-pavement cycling route in the United States, if not the world. The route crisscrosses the Continental Divide from north to south starting in Banff, Alberta, Canada and finishing at the US/Mexico border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
Normally a difficult and demanding task on a standard bike, some brave it on gravel bikes, others on mountain bikes, Andy and Sammy have chosen to make the adventure even harder for themselves by doing it on their Cannondale tandem and riding it South to North, self-supported!
We will be following Andy and Sammy on their adventure thoughout August and will do our best to keep you up to date on their whereabouts, as well as their achievements, hurdles and most likely their casualties along the way. Hopefully with some pics to give you an idea of the stunning scenery they will be pedalling through.
Some words from Andy prior to their trip:
“the 1st August I am due to attempt to ‘Ride the Divide’: The Tour Divide roughly follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) which is a 2,745 mile off road Cycle route that criss-crosses the Continental Divide in North America 19 times up the length of the Rocky Mountains.
Andy and Sammy’s set off last Thursday and are currently around 700 or so miles into their trip across the Tour Divide. They are currently averaging around 100 miles a day, riding in heat of around 40 degrees at altitudes of 6000 ft! ? Water and food shortages have been the main cause of concern so far, with long desolate 40 + mile straights before seeing any form of civilization. Spirits were high as they reached “Pie Town”, rewarding themselves with a hearty meal, a couple beers and some Wifi (the first chance to touch base in 3 days). ?The next few days sees their route start to climb up through the national forests and some big ol’ Rocky mountain ranges and limited signal!