Ron Williams – 45 – Duluth, Minnesota I’m riding a Salsa Deadwood with three inch 29r plus tires. I will be heading out on a northbound ITT on Thursday evening June 8th. Seems each year my bags get smaller and my tires wider. I have a mix of Porcelain Rocket, Oveja Negra and Revelate Bags, and left out the frame bag this time around to save a bit more weight. Hoping to make it up to Banff by July 4th and looking forward to seeing everyone out on the route!
Glen Carter – 66 – Reno, NevadaLynskey Ridgeline 29er, Ikon 2.35″ tubeless tires, 2×10 Shimano drive, all bags are home made.
Brian Lucido – 40 – Atascadero, California
Adam Lisonbee – 39 – Highland, Utah
Ralph Karsten – 61 – St. Paul, MinnesotaSalsa Cutthroat (1:11); Rogue Panda panniers, Thule trunk bag (all with dry bag closures), Revelate Tangle bag, Salsa gas tank. Solar power for electronics. The idea was to keep weight off the front for easier HAB. Weight with water about 52 pounds.
Lydia Franklin – 35 – Reading, BerkshireMy bike is a Trek X Calibre 8 29er tubeless. The bags are a mixture of Apidura, Alpkit and Blackburn. i’m Cycling for Love Hope Strength Foundation, the world’s only Rock and Roll Cancer Charity! http://1challengeatatime.
John Porter – 64 – Kansas City, MissouriBike is a Santa Cruz Highball (alloy). Rockshox Sid fork, Velocity Blunt 35’s with Maxxis Icon 29×2.2 tires. Xt 2×11 drivetrain. Full complement of JPaks bags including the under downtube Ramora bag that holds my Big Agnes Fly Creek tent.
Jeremy Kershaw – 46 – Duluth, MinnesotaBike Set Up: Custom steel 29er Clockwork Cycles frame loosely based on the Salsa Cutthroat. We dubbed this frame the “Steelhead.” Raceface 2x crankset. HED wheels with Schmidt SON dyno up front. White Industries rear hub and BB. Chris King headset. kLite lighting and USB adapter. Frame bags by Cedaero from Two Harbors, MN. Handlebar bag from Bedrock. Saddle bag by Revelate. Saddle is Brooks Cambium C17 cutout.
Ty Hopkins – 46 – American Fork, UtahSalsa Cutthroat (XL) with Barfly custom bags and Apidura seat bag
Grant Larvick – 42 – Lakeville, Minnesota
Pier Giovanni Delorenzi – 62 – Nebbiuno, ItalyThis is my 1° chance. My bike is Niner RDO with front and rear bags of revelate designs
Greg Johnson – 40 – Campbell River, British ColumbiaThe bike is a Salsa Fargo Ti, her name is Go-far it! The bags are all Revelate: Terrapin seat bag, Salsa Frame Bag made for the Fargo, Feed bags x2, Sweet Roll, a Gas Tank, a Jerry Can, and a front pocket. The components are Shimano XT with a 2 x 10 drivetrain, bar end shifters, carbon niner fork, Salsa Woodchiper bars, Airstryke Aerobars, Maxxis Ikon 2.2 (tubeless), Hope rear hub, Son SP Dynamo front hub, wired to the K-Lite system with a USB plug.
Greg Gleason – 50 – Sioux Falls, South DakotaI’m riding a 2017 Salsa Cutthroat loaded up with a Revelate Designs Viscacha seat bag, Bike Bag Dude Ultralight Custom Frame Bag, a 8L Outdoor Research compression dry sack on my bars attached with Salsa Cycles EXP Series Anything Cradle Straps, EXP Series Toptube Bag and Revelate Designs Jerry Can. Picture was taken at Falls Park Sioux Falls South Dakota.
Ko Saynourath – 40 – Wheat Ridge, Colorado29er Bamboo frame is made by myself. Specialized Chisel carbon fork. Drivetrain is all Shimano XT 3×10 with the exception of SLX shifters. Brakes are Avid BB7s with 203mm rotors. Stans ZTR 355 wheels with Maxxis Aspen tires. Frame bag and top tube bag are Blackburn Outpost, Roswheel saddle and top tube bag, and handlebar bag is generic ebay special 10 liter dry bag strapped on with used road bike tubes. My goal (and time allotment is 21 days) but looks like there’s gonna be an extra amount of hiking this year due to all the snow this winter. Oh, and did I mention my longest ride ever and only century before this is 115 miles at sea leave on pavement with no climbs. My only training this spring for this is commuting to work arouind 50-75 miles/week and only a handful of mtb rides. To hit my goal I need to average approximately 130 miles/day. No pressure though(roll eyes). Oh well. Such is life of a busy dad. I gotta do what I gotta do when any chance I can get to do what I love most (besides my family of course). I say just go for it!!
Doug Wenger – 00 – Loveland, ColoradoI will be riding a Niner Air 9 Carbon custom build. My bags are Revelate Designs with a Sea to Summit Dry 18L Dry Bag in the front and a Bedrock Spot harness.
Sheila Reiter – 55 – Austin, TexasSalsa’s last Fargo Ti (sm), 2×10, SON Dynamo, KLite. Bags: I’ve shared the love. 2011 Revelate Designs trunk bag, feed bag, 2016 harness, 2014 Jerry Can, 2016 production for Salsa Fargo frame bag. Custom gas tank by Boulder Bikepacking Bags. Tapeat stem bag by by Bedrock Bags, Custom silnylon pogies by my 2011/2014 TD partner in crime Sheila Torres-Blank.
Bryan Bergstedt – 60 – Bend, Oregon
Billy Chilton – 40 – Dallas, TexasMy bike is a Specialized Hardrock. The various bags are Rogue Panda frame bag, seat bag, and top tube bag, JPaks top tube bag at the headtube, 2x Nuclear Sunrise Stitchworks silos, Bedrock Honaker Nalgene bag on the downtube, Oveja Negra front end harness, and Revelate Designs handlebar pocket wrapped around my sleep/tent kit.
Ross Burrage – 50 – Torquay AustraliaBike is a steel frame Salsa El Mariachi Single Speed with a 32×19 ratio. Frame Bags are from Bike Bag Dude and wheel setup is Curve Carbon Wheels with KT Swiss 240s rear hub and SON Dyno running a K-Lite system.
Tim Nipper – 40 – The Colony, TXSalsa Cutthroat 1×11 with bags from Revelate Designs, Nuclear Sunrise Stitchworks, Bike Bag Dude, and Rogue Panda Designs.
Dana S Rapp – 38 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Mikki Suvia – 52 – Oceanside, CaliforniaSalsa Cutthroat 1x Pardon the pun, but it’s a mixed bag….. Revelate Designs, Salsa EXP, and Rackless Bags. A rig built for one purpose above all….. Tour Divide Race.
Neil Sheppard – 35 – Banff, Alberta
Jason Davis – 41 – Sioux City, IowaI am a career firefighter attempting my 1st Tour Divide, my bike is the Salsa Deadwood and I am using a combination of Bike Bag Dude bags with Bedrock feed bags.
Leah Gruhn – 38 – Duluth, Minnesota
Tyler Ubinger – 37 – Madison, Wisconsin509 Cycles. Model: Jabit 3. Steel version. Bedrock Bags handlebar setup. RD seatbag, gas tank bag and tool bag. Custom frame bag.
Jeff Sapp – 36 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jerry Sharp – 60 – Derby, United KingdomRide is a combined 60th birthday and retirement present to myself. Rig bike Kinesis Sync, Ti frame, Spyder brakes,SRAM gears Bags Apidura handlebars, rest all Alpkit UK. Alpkit are based some 20 miles from my home.
Lee Cragie – 38 – Inverness, ScotlandThe bike is a Shand Bahookie, rigid fork, Enve M60 rims, SP dynamo hub, Sram XX1 drivetrain, Jones H-bars with Apidura bags.
Custom built 2016 Deadwood 29er+ with Rohloff Speedhub/Gebla shift box, Son Dynamo laced to 50mm light bicycle carbon rims, SRAM Xo crank, Chris King NoThreadaet HS and Bottom Bracket w/ceramic bearing. Bags are a full complement of Bedrock Bags (Frame, Seat, Handlebar, Toptube, Downtube, and Feedbag)
If you are interested in last years rigs, check out our 2016 Tour Divide Rigs list.