My Five Top Tips for Cycling the Great Divide
In 2013 we cycled the Great Divide at a leisurely 9 week pace from south to north. We began in a hot August desert and finished surrounded by mountains in a cold Canadian October. We learnt a few things along the way so I’ve written up my 5 top tips below but if you watch the film of our journey you may get a better idea.
● Take a flexible collapsible water carrier. We took along the MSR Dromlite bag which was great. It will help you through the longer waterless sections of Wyoming and New Mexico.
● Hub Dynamo. Get one, it will make charging your electronics incredibly simple. We didn’t have one but wished we did.
● Have a holiday. Salida is probably the nicest place to have a holiday from your holiday. Be sure to stay downtown, float the river in rented tubes and drink the microbrew beer which is great paired with pizza. Visit the cool bike shops in town for any two-wheeled TLC.
● Travel with someone who will let you warm your toes under their armpits. I jest, as sadly I‘m aware not all of you will have such accommodating travel companions. But be warned you could hit 10°C and +40°C in the same trip, so make sure your clothing/kit is up to the job. Descending high passes without the need to pedal is when it gets brutally cold. When it comes to packing, versatility is the watchword.
● Puncture repair patches. Take as many as you think you will need, then double it, then double it again. Take that many.
My final words of wisdom are ‘don’t hesitate’. If you are thinking about this route then bloody go and do it. It’s brilliant!”
If you need a little more inspiration read more here.