Haha, I knew my opinion would wind people up. I'm not saying other people shouldn't want to do it with all the fanfare, and I understand that it's more interesting for the dot watchers. I personally quite like the lack of coverage from tour divide, and really just watching dots, and having to guess/speculate what happens when someone goes off route or scratches, until they call in or there's a local that posts. I like the mystery and suspense, not the instant info fix. I guess I also like TD because I have ridden it, so it's closer to my heart, I'm sure you guys who've done TCR/TABR feel the same about those routes too.
@hippy, yeah, don't need it to be a race to ride fast, and I haven't finished a race since TD, and not entered any for 18 months. I do prefer riding my own routes, untracked. Maybe I just don't enjoy racing (neither do you judging by your twitter, lol)