2017 Tour Divide

2017 Tour Divide
2017 Tour Divide - Tetons

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tour Divide Aftermath

The moment it all ended




2017 Divide Lessons

Conditions

·         Mountain cough developed first day of riding and progressed into full on bronchitis with severe cough.
·         Shermer’s neck developed over first several days into full dropping of neck by day 10.

Shermer’s Neck Notes

·         Shermer’s neck a condition where the muscles of your neck have given out and you cannot hold your head up any longer.
·         Shermer’s Neck does not affect tourers and pro cyclist who spend all day in the saddle and get adequate rest each day.  It only strikes a small percentage of the maniacs who ride without stopping.
·         Strengthening neck inconclusive evidence it will actually help prevent in future

Mountain Cough (High Altitude Cough) Notes

·         Altitude cough may be due to bronchoconstriction (the narrowing of the airways that commonly occurs in asthma) or infection.
·         Cough could be caused by breathing cold dry air on the mountains.

Shermer’s Neck theories

·         Aggressive bike setup – rigid
·         Not enough rest – 32 hours straight was a mistake
·         Mountain cough strained neck
·         No stretching during night riding
·         Jarring effects of whoopty woo trail sections
·         Riding aero to much

2018 Divide Adjustments

Bike

·         Add light weight front suspension that I’m able to lock-out
·         Setup bike with a less aggressive position by adding more height to stem and aero bar setup
·         Change gearing by adding more gearing

Gear

·         Ripped rain pants will need a new pair
·         Ripped vapor socks will need to fix or replace
·         Look for items to cut to lighten load

Self

·         Visit with doctor on ways to prevent mountain cough
·         Rehab/Strengthen neck muscles
·         Sleep management - sleep more during race
·         Stretch head more especially during night riding


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Trans South Dakota Individual Time Trial (ITT)

If you're looking for a challenge this summer please checkout this route.  If you want me to record your results please signup and we will follow your DOT during this adventure. 

Hit the link: Trans South Dakota ITT

Good Luck!
~Greg