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turnpedal

Member since Sep 2007 • Last active Jan 2020

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    Also. No hills, must be so boring!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    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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    Yeah, I think the transparency that Rue displayed was quite reassuring and she made a real effort to stay out of Lael's way and not intervene in any way. That's much more respectable than other film crews etc. Even in the original Ride the Divide film, the protagonist racer Mike Dion bivvied with the film crew, but there were only 16 racers and no keyboard warriors, so it wasn't an issue (plus he scratched).

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    Everyone should ITT, and there should be a global curfew during the race. solved.

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    Maybe it will do JP good to be a privateer for a bit and forget about selling flat brim hats. Or maybe he's just an asshole regardless. It's very subjective. Personally I don't like the guy, he's a salesman that is prepared to cheat to get coverage for his sponsors, that's shit.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    He should be doing whatever he wants to be doing

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    Sofiane's interview on Bikes or Death was really good. I really appreciate his approach and his attitude, really down to earth.

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