Summer’s really here now and lots of great outdoor events are taking place or are on the agenda.
For instance, the Great Divide Race – the world’s longest non-stop mountain bike race – is currently ongoing. The premise is simple but brutal: the start is at the Canadian/US border, the finish at the US/Mexican border and in between are countless miles of dirt to be ridden, following a route snaking along the Continental Divide in the center of the Rocky Mountains. The first one to arrive wins – there are no stages, and in good mountain bike race tradition, the participants have to basically be entirely self-supported. An ‘armchair analysis’ of the event this year can be read on Dave Harris’ blog, an endurance mountain bike racer, who also has published a whole bunch of other very interesting articles on his site.
Or, how about the Climb to Kaiser race, a grueling 250km road bike race starting in Fresno in California’s Central Valley with as ‘highlight’ the ascent of Kaiser Pass in the Sierra’s at 9200ft – this took place last weekend and you can read a report on Matt Turgeon’s site.
Of course, other continents have their share of challenging events too: the Transalp mountain bike stage race in the European Alps and the Cristalp come to mind. And the upcoming Tour de Jotunheimen in Norway (430km) looks like an epic adventure of mind-altering proportion.
As for yours truly, I’m considering signing up for the E100 (tagline ‘mind over mountains’), but I’m not sure whether my mind will be up for that…
(Photo: col de Posettes in Chamonix)