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Tour Divide Resource

This  page contains everything you need to plan and execute a ride/race of the Tour Divide from Canada to Mexico.

The Tour Divide is over 2700 miles, starting in Banff, AB and finishes in Antelopes Wells, New Mexico on the US/Mexico border. It elevation gain and loss is over 150,000′, as it passing through two Canadian Provences and five states. The route took 4 years to map by the Adventure Cycling Association, and was finish in 1998.

The first ITT of the route was in 2005, while the first Grand Depart was in 2008 (usually held on the second Friday in June).  Only a handful of riders attended the first Grand Depart but today close to 200 brave men and women toe the line to test themselves against each other, the route, Mother Nature and most importantly, themselves.

Consisting mainly of dirt roads, double track and jeep track the Tour Divide is not overly technical but the elements, long days on the bike, and the physical and mental exhaustion make the event very difficult.

This page contains everything the One of Seven Project has that is related the Tour Divide and more. Find out how to plan and resupply, find transportation, to bikepacking resources to help you pack, stay dry or warm, and other helpful tips.

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Resources

Everything you need to plan a bikepacking trip on the Tour Divide.

 

Craig Fowler - Tour Divide - Idaho Montana State Line - Tour Divide Guide - Bikepacking

Your ultimate bikepacking guide to the Tour Divide.

MY PROVEN GEAR LISTS FROM THE TRIPLE CROWN

A detailed look at what I used on the Tour Divide, what worked and what didn’t.

IF I RODE… SERIES

In depth look at what I would bring for gear and why, if I rode the Tour Divide again.

bikepacking, pre-trip considerations
Chipotle Resupply - Tour Divide Resupply Guide
Tour Divide - Colorado - Top 5

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Tour Divide Rider Survey

The Project conducts an ongoing rider survey to help new riders try to figure out what gear to use on the Tour Divide. Undertaking a ride/adventure like can be very intimidating and the planning can be overwhelming. It’s our hope this survey will help new riders with their planning and execution of their Tour Divide ride, as well as help ensure riders are more properly prepared for their adventure.

If you haven’t taken the Tour Divide Rider Survey yet and would like to you can at the links below.

***Please pay attention to the examples for the questions where you have to type in your answer. If answers are not entered EXACTLY like the example I have to go in and correct them and it also throws off the results. Thanks in advance!

Tour Divide Rider Survey Example

Covers: bikes, suspension, tires & wheels, drivetrain, and Components.

Covers: navigation planning, camping, logistic/travel, clothes, and more.

Checkout our bikepacking resource page for more planning help.

Data Sheets and Town Lists

Data Sheets:

Town Lists:

The NOBO Data Sheets are ONLY available as part of the Small or Big Bundles.

All versions of the Town Lists are ONLY available as part of the Small or Big Bundles.

Data Sheet includes:
  • Key POI.
  • Elevation / Pop of POI.
  • Mileage numbers.
  • Distance to next.
  • Elevation +/-.
  • Max & Min. elevation between POI.
  • Pavement sections.
  • Key water sources.
  • Shows bike shops.
  • Resupply options.
  • Important notes.
  • Elevation profile.
  • Finish Target Times.
Town List includes:
  • Key POI.
  • Mileage.
  • Distance on/off trail.
  • Important notes about POI.
  • Cumulative distances to up coming POI.
  • Elevation Gain to reach up coming POI.
  • Key water sources.
  • Shows bike shops.
  • Finish Target Times added.

The SOBO Data Sheets are available in BOTH imperial and metric units.

Data Sheet – $25 + Tax (CO only)

Example of Data Sheet

Tour Divide SOBO Data Sheet Example bikepacking guides planning aids

Example of Town List

Tour Divide SOBO Town List Example bikepacking guides planning aids

DATA SHEET and TOWN LIST DIFFERENCES

The Data Sheet has the most info. It gives the distance, elevation +/-, average grade, maximum and minimum elevations, pavement sections, references ACA maps, bike shops, resupply options, and has key notes between two POI. Example: A and B, then B to C, and so on.

The Town List gives cumulative distances between POI. Example: A to B, A to C, A to D. The next section would be B to C, B to D, B to E, and so on. The Town List has distance, elevation +/-, resupply options, bike shops and key notes.

The Town List helps with not having to do the math to figure out how far away things are if they’re not the next POI.

Mileage Charts and Elevation Gain Charts

Mileage Charts:

Elevation Gain Charts:

Quickly find the total mileage between any two POI along the route.

  • Shows bike shops.
  • Works for both directions.
  • Key water sources.

Quickly find the total elevation gain between any two POI along the route.

  • Shows bike shops.
  • Easy to read format.
  • Key water sources.

The Mileage and Elevation Gain Charts are ONLY available as part of the Big Bundle.

Tour Divide SOBO Mileage Chart EXAMPLE bikepacking guides planning aids
Tour Divide Elevation Gain Chart EXAMPLE bikepacking guide planning aids

GDMBR / ACA ROUTE

Data Sheets:

Bundles:

GDMBR Data Sheets have all the same data categories as the Tour Divide planning aids, as seen in the examples above but are for the GDMBR from the ACA.

GDMBR Bundles have all the same data categories as the Tour Divide planning aids, as seen in the examples above but are for the GDMBR from the ACA.

Available in both SOBO and NOBO versions and in imperial and metric units.

Data Sheet – $25 + tax (CO only)

Small Bundle – $40.00 + tax (CO only) *You save $10 when you bundle!

Big Bundle – $60.00 + tax (CO only) *You save $20 when you bundle!

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