2017 Tour Divide

2017 Tour Divide
2017 Tour Divide - Tetons

Friday, October 13, 2017

Discovering the Heck of the North

Discovering Heck of the North | Salsa Cycles

Surprising things are happening on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The Superior National Forest near Two Harbors, Minn., is well known for its October peak fall foliage, but maybe not as well known for its gravel cycling events. The Heck of the North is a 107-mile gravel cycling classic that brings 250+ adventurous cyclists and the fall colors together.

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


http://salsacycles.com/culture/practice_greg_gleasons_first_run_at_the_tour_divide_race


Practice - Greg Gleason's First Run at the Tour Divide Race | Salsa Cycles

Greg Gleason's 2017 Tour Divide didn't necessarily end the way he wanted it to. Racers have over 2,745 miles to experience challenges they could never have planned for, and in Greg's case, it took 1,250.




Friday, June 9, 2017

Course Adjustments Greg Gleason and the tour Divide part three

Course Adjustments: Greg Gleason and the Tour Divide - Part Three | Salsa Cycles

With June 9th looming just around the corner, all of Gleason's training will soon be thoroughly tested. Aspects of the TDR just can't be replicated though. Will what he's been imagining, and talking and reading about match up with reality once he starts turning pedals?




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Course Adjustments Greg Gleason and the tour Divide part two

Course Adjustments: Greg Gleason and the Tour Divide - Part Two | Salsa Cycles

Click here to read Part One... Part Two With the rediscovery of his mountain bike, and "The Thing" to help him meet his fitness goals, Greg Gleason began his training for 2006's Chequamegon 40 in May of that year.




Monday, June 5, 2017

Course Adjustments Greg Gleason and the tour Divide part one

Course Adjustments: Greg Gleason and the Tour Divide - Part One | Salsa Cycles

Salsa sponsored rider Greg Gleason just turned 50, and as a birthday present to himself, he's embarking on 2017's Tour Divide Race. But his route to the start line of this monumental endeavor has had a few turns along the way.




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

Monday, January 16, 2017