Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ride the Divide Esquire March 28th Cincinnati


Ride The Divide, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the world’s toughest
mountain bike race, will premiere in Cincinnati on Monday, March 28 at the Esquire Theatre in
Clifton. The screening is a fundraiser for the Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance mountain bike club.

The film chronicles the story of several mountain bikers who attempt the 2,711-mile race named
the Tour Divide along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The movie was named
the best adventure film at the 2010 Vail Film Festival.

This film has become an instant cycling classic, and made its television premiere in September
on the Documentary Channel. But the Adventure Cycling Association said the film should be
seen on the big screen: “The cinematography is stunning!” Added UpaDowna, “Ride The Divide
is one of the most inspiring real cycling movies … in a long time.” Epic Riding summed the
movie up as follows: “In a word? Fantastic. In more words? Moving, funny, inspiring.”

Ride The Divide embraces the inspiring stories of three of the racers who experience the
immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada,
to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border. There’s Mike, a 40-year-old family man who
uses this challenge to chart a new course in life; Matthew, a leader in extreme endurance racing
who’s competing for his fifth time; and Mary, the first female rider to race this route. As they
set out, they will attempt to accomplish what very few have been able to. Over the course of a
few weeks, they’ll attempt to climb over 200,000 vertical feet along the backbone of the Rocky

They’ll experience mental breakdowns, treacherous snow, hellacious blisters, and total fatigue.
Above all, they’ll race with no support – at times in total isolation. The tests of endurance and
the accomplished moments throughout Ride the Divide prompt us to reflect on our inner desires
to live life to the fullest.

Ride The Divide made its debut at the Vail Film Festival and was named the best adventure film
at the event. Outside Magazine proclaimed that “(t)he toughest bike race in the world is not in
France,” after reviewing the film.

Ride The Divide will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Esquire Theatre, located at 320 Ludlow Ave.
in Clifton. Tickets are $15 at the door, and $10 in advance at
RideTheDividemovie. This event is sponsored by Bio Wheels, Cycle Sport & Tri, and Trek Store
of Cincinnati.

Media contact: Garry Harrington 603-209-5010

Oh and I'll be doing the Q&A afterward.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sub 9 Death March

I made it to the Boy Scout Park after a long windy drive in the dark. Camping out was a nice way to spend the night though.
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We left at a good pace which came to a crawl when we hit the gravel. They dumped fresh gravel just a few months prior, it was like riding on ball bearings. Things sped up when we hit the single track where I learned not to follow butch when he's on a CX bike.
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All smiles, but this was the first cemetery. The belt rubbed against the front ring in the lower gears, annoying, but it didn't bother me. I ran over a downed log that popped up and hit the ring, luckly it didn't bend. It's not like a chainring, where I can bend it back.
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Butch flatted out, but that didn't delay us to much. We ran into Stanley from TN, I've raced with him in the SE quite a bit.
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We caught up with the bulk of the Rogues at the tower, but decided to not climb it. You could actually see it swaying in the wind. freaky.
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The ride to Todd was great. I launched on ahead and was feeling great. After that we had a nice downhill on asphalt

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We played it safe and went to the cemetery instead of just the sign.
Cute couple right?
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Starting to get a little fatigued, and gassy?
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Getting to Callahan was via the single track, it was a mostly gravel path for horses. We made a wrong turn at an unmarked intersection but that didn't slow us down too much. Parts of the forest were a beautiful pine grove, which reminded me of Washington state.
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getting silly
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nasty asphalt climbs.
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Last one, super fatigued, but just a climb or two away from finishing in just over 5 hours.
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Riding Dirty

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Well the Death March killed a few parts. hopefully covered by warranty and hopefully that's all.

The Chris King bearing cap is designed that way now, not as one piece like my older bearing cap. It turns out I didn't cut the steerer tube short enough. Hopefully I didn't do any serious damage to anything else.
I contacted Selle An-Atomica and they will take care of me.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Well it's good enough for this weekend's race the Sub 9 Death March. Rouge Racing Project(my new team) is something like 27% of the participants, and there are wagers galore.
To Do:
Put real stans tape on the rear. Electrical tape != Stans tape
Cut brake hoses
Shorten steerer tube
Adjust saddle position
Re-tension and true wheels
Buy new grips
Buy new handlebar
Install aero bars either on new handle bars with spacers or on the Fred Bar

It all went together quickly after I had the Rohloff cables sorted out. They are much easier to do the second time than the first. Rohloff needs to have a poster of the cable instructions so it can been seen at a glance instead of having to hold open a small manual.
The headset and spacers don't quite match the stem. I wanted to have a silver stem, seatpost and collar, but the stem does not come in silver so I had to settle for black. I'll replace the headset, spacers, and BB with a black one after the TD.
It finally stopped raining and I took it out for a spin around the shop. It rides like a dream, no issues at all.

28 pounds for a Rohloff 29er! That is how much my 26er weighed. The frames weigh about the same, I think the weight savings is in the crank, fork, belt, seatpost and rims. Everything else is about the same.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Not Quite Ready

The last Snake is supposed to be wet, perfect conditions to try out the belt drive, but I'm not quite finished. It's generally not a good idea to test out a new bike or setup during a race.
To do:
finish the wheels
mount rim strip, valve stem, sealant, and tires
face the post mounts on fork
cut steerer tube
mount front break and replace that one rotor bolt
file the hose tabs on the seat stay so I can get a zip tie under them
mount rear disc
cable up rohloff
adjust saddle seatpost and stem height
borrow some grips
and I think that's it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wheels, Tires, and Pedals

Both wheels have been trued and made round to the best of my ability, and stressed a little bit. I think I need to do some fine tuning and then check the tension.

Crossmark UST tires and the newer style CrMo Eggbeaters.

sorry crummy phone photos.