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Tour Divide 21 – Day 12 update

Sorry that it’s been a while since I’ve updated here.  Frankly, this WordPress app is not that easy to use and requires an internet connection.

Anyway, been riding virtually solo since halfway thru day 6.  Ride with one rider for about 3 hrs leaving Pinedale on the 10th day.  Dont mind riding solo, keeps me from feeling like I have to keep up with someone else.

So far I have stayed at a hotel twice.  One of those times I “washed” my kit while I showered.  Multi tasking works best when in race mode.

I have wild camped at least three times where I was the only human for not less than 20 miles around.  The night of the 10th day it was more like 50 miles as I was in the middle of the Wyoming Great Basin.

Today is day 12 and officially passed the half way point.  I had a light day today riding only about 45 miles to Brush Mtn Lodge where I decided to take some time off for Man & Machine maintenance.  Full Mani & Peddi, a massage, even got my hair done.

Actually, ate a pizza cooked in a real wood fired pizza oven.  First pizza of the trip and so tasty after eatting so much junk food.  Did a detailed inspection of the bike.  Brakes are still good which is surprising, bringing me and my crap to a HALT after bombing down some of these mountains is no small feat.  At time I can feel the heat from the front disk brake on my shin.  Love the smell of hot brakes!!

Also took the opportunity to do all of my laundry too. I was getting pretty stinky having not washed clothing in over 1200 miles of peddling.

I have seen some amazing scenery. My favorite so far has been waking up at 2 am in the middle of the Basin and being able to see in detail the arm of the milkyway and the stars so bright. There was no other lights around nor on the horizon. Just my headlamp and the stars.

Never thought I’d say this but the worst part so far has been eating all the quick calorie junk food.

Butt is sore at times but so far, none of the legendary saddle sore/infection issues. Physically I am feeling pretty well. Have an issue developing in the right foot but that is fixable. I stand too much in the pedals on my right foot. Focusing on not repeating movements such as this and how I mount/dismount the bike has taken care of most of the aches and pains.

Taking the rest of today off and resting will be good for me and the bike desperately needed some love.

Off to Steamboat Springs in the morning 49.1 miles and 4415ft of climbing, that aught to get the legs warmed up.

Castell Grind 2021!

After skipping a year in 2020, the Castell Grind – and consequently, the Team IPA annual birthday celebration – returned with a vengeance! The weather and the increasing availability of vaccines came together to ensure that we had a great ride and a wonderful weekend getaway. Many thanks to the organizers!

Team IPA riders at the start line (photo by Dawn Skinner)
Halfway round the 32 mile North Loop
Left-to-right: Castell Grind organizers Debbie Richardson & Mike Drost, adventure writer Pam LeBlanc & her husband Chris.

Getting back into racing!

We all know how 2020 went. The team continued to ride, solo or in small groups – one of the advantages of no traffic meant we could move around town more easily, and there have been a lot of Southside and Brushy Creek rides! Hopefully these will continue, even when traffic picks back up. The race calendar is picking up – you can see our upcoming events on our shared calendar:

TMBRA races are firing back up – two of us went and swept the Spring Series ‘Rocky Hill Roundup’ this past weekend – a little too crowded in the start gate area for our liking, but we hope things will smooth out as the season progresses.

Some sweet Castell Grind gravel is coming up in a couple of weeks, and several of us are looking forward to the Big Sugar 50 and 100km races in Bentonville this fall. Meanwhile, our friends over at Capital City Racing will be putting on some local gravel races for us to enjoy.

Let the good times roll, and keep the rubber side down!

Castell Grind 2019!

A huge storm system rolling through in the morning meant a 2 1/2 hour delayed start, and the 50 km route for all riders, but boy – with that headwind, it sure felt like the 100!

[Photo credit to Pam LeBlanc and Mike Drost]

John R
Carrie, the youngest racer on the team
Barbara and the chase car
Ben sporting the new team kit
Dawn S enjoying herself
Reverse arrow formation!
John S looking pretty cheerful
That sand — the notorious Keyserville Road sandy eight-miler
Lucie and Don – Lucie went on to take the Women’s Hammer!
Tom F busting it on a sandy uphill stretch
Hoss crosses the line
Padre crosses the line on his singlespeed
Mike, Race Director

GranGravel 500!

Good luck to our Team IPA racers on the GranGravel 500 this year. Keep it up, Hoss and the Sheilas!

You can follow along here.

Gears and Guns!

A few of the team were able to attend the 2018 Gears and Guns biathlon, held at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort, TX. No podium finishes, but several top ten in both the male and female categories.


Kansas Gravel!

Two of the team took a road trip to Emporia, Kansas, to participate in the inaugural La Grind two day stage race. It was hilly, windy, dusty and hot – everything you’d want a gravel event to be!

There’s a lot of empty out there!

The best-stocked hydration stop we’d ever seen – down to someone holding your bike while a second person fills your bottles, and a third person hands you ice cold pickle juice!

The road goes on … forever?

Adding a tube in the middle of nowhere – that flint gravel is sharp.