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Great Divide Race (2008)

dates June 20, 2008July 17, 2008
http://greatdividerace.com/ Port of Roosville, Montana [large map] 48.9991, -115.056
World http://greatdividerace.com/
Tag_green Mountain, great divide, time trial
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The Great Divide Race is a self-supported, solo competition following the 2,490-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Traversing Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, the route demands over 200,000 feet of climbing along it’s length. Competitors carry all equipment necessary to negotiate the backcountry, restocking on food and other supplies from the small towns along the route.

The intent of the GDR is to establish a common date and set of rules so that those wishing to challenge the route or record may compete directly with other athletes under equal circumstances. While anyone may “time-trial” the GDMBR at any time, their effort will be recognized only if they follow the rules set out here.

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Cost: None
License: None
Course Description: The GDR route is ~85% dirt, gravel, two-track, or fire road, with ~14% paved and less than 1% singletrack. The GDR follows the Adventure Cycling Association’s Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR). In order to navigate your way along during the GDR, you’ll need the MOST RECENT ACA maps for the GDMBR. Though there are many opportunities to choose alternate routes along the way, Great Divide Racers must follow the ACA designated main route with two exceptions:

  • The first permitted alternate is the 116-mile section between Cuba and Grants, New Mexico. The off-road route is impassable when wet, so racers have the option to follow the alternate paved route.
  • The second allowed alternate is between Grants and Pie Town, New Mexico, through El Malpais Nat’l Monument.



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