The Central Belter; Scotland’s Longest Trail27/09/2017 Read more
The Tour Divide is a 2,745 mile off-road ultra race that follows a set back country trail, known as the Great Divide Route, along the ‘rooftop of North America’, from Banff, Canada, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
Recognised and respected by riders across multiple disciplines, the race has an identity that is known to mountain bikers, bikepackers and ultra-racers alike as the ultimate in off-road distance racing, and one of the pinnacles of the ultra-racing calendar at large.
As such, Apidura riders and Adventure Syndicate team members Lee Craigie and Rickie Cotter – both veterans of many a testing mountain bike race – have made the journey to Banff for the 2017 edition of the race, starting on Friday 9th June.
Just before leaving, with her Shand Bahookie bike all packed up and ready to go, Lee dropped into Apidura HQ on her way to the airport in order to pick up a one-off Full Frame Pack that our team had custom-made for her to use at the race.
We decided to take the moment to have a closer look at Lee’s setup.
Lee’s rigid fork Shand Bahookie, built with Enve M60 rims and an SP dynamo hub, a SRAM XX1 drivetrain, and Jones H-bars.
Our custom made Full Frame Pack, made specifically to fit the front triangle of Lee’s bike.
The cockpit. A set of Jones H-bars is at the heart of Lee’s control room, to which she has fitted an Exposure light (powered by the SP dynamo hub), a Garmin eTrex GPS and two food pouches. Completing the setup is our Top Tube Pack.
The Spot Personal Tracker, which will track Lee via GPS as she makes her way south.
To accompany her singular 34-tooth chain ring at the front, Lee has chosen a huge 50-tooth sprocket on her rear cassette to help her spin to the top of the climbs.
An extra set of bosses on the undercarriage of the down tube provide space for more water-carrying ability
Bike rider and electrician. The wiring required to enable Lee to keep her electrical items charged is an impressive modification.
Our Backcountry Saddle Pack (14L) hangs neatly to the rear of Lee’s bike. Notice the Specialized ‘Cobble Gobbler’ seat post too, which features a rubber, shock-absorbing insert.
Good luck Lee. #NoBadDays.
The 2017 Tour Divide kicks off on Friday 9th June. Follow Apidura Riders Lee Craigie, Rickie Cotter and Josh Kato as they embark on their adventure via our Live Tracking Hub.