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  • Vitalic, good choice for a post-race boogie. @+@

  • Lael's film was a good watch

    We have probably had it posted somewhere already?

  • Ok this might be opening (re-opening?) a can of worms here, but it's very clear from 'the length of time' that Josh also had a camera crew tail/meet him at numerous points during the route. The very same thing that Lael got so much shit for, enough that it contributed towards her decision to scratch. All the while no mention was made of Josh and team coming under the same scrutiny or abiding by the same restrictions (i.e. spot trackers for all camera crew etc.) at the same time they didn't even stick their heads above the parapet and stick up for Lael by acknowledging publicly that they were doing the same thing? Is it just me or is this a little bit shitty on their part?

  • It’s not just you.

    But I completely disagree with individuals having their own camera crew.

  • I dont know if this is all in the spirit of ultra racing in its purist form. But probably the ones who've actually raced or organised multiple races should have the final say on that.

  • She mentions this in her film. I'm not sure if having someone with you and racing at the pointy end of a race would be a help. It would feel like a hindrance to me

  • I think a lot of people's views on this are taken from the fact that so many other races have lots of media coverage. IMO Tour Divide is about getting it done, all by yourself. You really shouldn't be exploiting it for sponsorship or attention, you should just ride and take your own pics/video. If that slows you down and that bothers you, don't do it. Mike Hall didn't even take a smartphone cos it's a time suck.

    In my view it's just about the most purist of the self-supported races out there, and I love it for its lack of corruption especially now that bikepacking ultras are so common/well covered. It's the total opposite of SRMBR TransContinental etc. No instagram account, not even a proper website. Just Matt Lee on email administering the entries and DQing people who cheat.

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Tour Divide

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