Riders ready to start Tour Divide

Annual self-supported race kicks off Friday

A huge field is set to start the 2011 Tour Divide on Friday, June 10. Seventy racers are on the start list for beginning at the northern end in Banff, Alberta, Canada, while another 18 are planning on starting from the southern terminus at Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

Of those signed up in advance, only 10 are veterans; the rest are rookies. Notably, five-time winner and well known Divide racer Matt Lee is not listed on the Tour Divide 2011 start list.

The Tour Divide is a self-supported annual race covering 2745 miles (4418km) along the Continental Divide in the US and part of Canada. It requires no entry fee or formal registration. There are no prizes for finishing. Riders call in to a toll-free number en route to leave voicemails with their status updates. They are also tracked in real time by spot trackers.

In 2010, Lee won the seventh edition of the Tour Divide in a time of 17 days, 15 hours and 10 minutes.

To follow the progress of racers, visit the race website, including the live tracker at http://tourdivide.org.

Tour Divide Start List

Starting from Banff, Alberta, Canada
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Markley Anderson (Charlottesville, Virginia) Rookie  
2Robert Anderson (Crozet, Virginia) Rookie  
3Lukas Aufschläger (Bern, Switzerland) Rookie  
4Daniel Bayley (Redding, California) Rookie  
5Derek Bentley (Gainesville, Florida) Rookie  
6Dejay Birtch (Tucson, Arizona) Rookie  
7Jacqueline Bonn (Vancouver, British Columbia) Rookie  
8Jefe Branham (Gunnison, Colorado) Rookie  
9Cadet Bryant (Odessa, Texas) Veteran  
10Saemi Burkart (Villmergen, Switzerland) Rookie  
11Luke Bush (Cape Town, South Africa) Rookie  
12Reid Christiansen (White Rock, British Columbia) Veteran  
13Marco Costa (Varallo Sesia, Italy) Rookie  
14Kevin Cunniffe (Derby, United Kingdom) Rookie  
15Norb DeKerchove (Boise, Idaho) Rookie  
16Luke Doney (St. Louis, Missouri) Rookie  
17Mark Erhart (Las Vegas, Nevada) Rookie  
18JP Evans (McKinney, Texas) Rookie  
19Tori Fahey (Calgary, Alberta) Rookie  
20Robert Giannini (Athens, Georgia) Rookie  
21David Goldberg (Fort Collins, Colorado) Veteran  
22Lance Griffin (Christchurch, New Zealand) Rookie  
23John Griffiths (New York, New York) Rookie  
24Adam Guske (Fort Collins, Colorado) Rookie  
25Kevin Hall (Versailles, Kentucky) Veteran  
26Mike Hall (Cardiff, United Kingdom) Rookie  
27Aidan Harding (London, United Kingdom) Veteran  
28Simon Harling (Caerphilly, Wales, United Kingdom) Rookie  
29Danny Hill (Ishpeming, Michigan) Rookie  
30James Hodges (Purcellville, Virginia) Rookie  
31David Horton (Lynchburg, Virginia) Rookie  
32Paul Jobling (Cologne, Germany) Rookie  
33Nathan Jones (Portland, Oregon) Veteran  
34Nicholas Kennedy (College Station, Texas) Rookie  
35Jake Kirkpatrick (Boulder, Colorado) Rookie  
36Reto Koller (Büttikon, Switzerland) Rookie  
37Lee Krumholz (Norman, Oklahoma) Rookie  
38Taylor Lideen (Phoenix, Arizona) Rookie  
39Joel Martínez (Barcelona, Spain) Rookie  
40Vance McMurry (Austin, Texas) Rookie  
41Markus Meier (Fischbach-Göslikon, Switzerland) Rookie  
42Reinhold Mueller (Munich, Bavaria) Rookie  
43Ben Oney (Northfield, Minnesota) Rookie  
44Ethan Passant (Crested Butte, Colorado) Rookie  
45Marian Penso (Cape Town, South Africa) Rookie  
46Jon Pettit (Snohomish, Washington) Rookie  
47Greg Phillips (Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom) Rookie  
48Matt Porembski (Phoenix, Arizona) Rookie  
49Ray Porter (Dallas, Texas) Veteran  
50Kim Raeymaekers (Turnhout, Belgium) Rookie  
51Kurt Refsnider (Boulder, Colorado) Veteran  
52Sheila Reiter (Austin, Texas) Rookie  
53John Richardson (Kirksville, Missouri) Rookie  
54Richard Ridlehuber (Spartanburg, South Carolina) Rookie  
55Rob Roberts (Minneola, Florida) Rookie  
56Tom Sap (Brussels, Belgium) Rookie  
57Dale Shadley (San Antonio, Texas) Rookie  
58Josh Shifferly (Crested Butte, Colorado) Rookie  
59Dan Simas (Lemoore, California) Rookie  
60Justin Simoni (Denver, Colorado) Rookie  
61Parker Smith (Athens, Georgia) Rookie  
62Will Snow (Newtonmore, United Kingdom) Rookie  
63Caroline Soong (Boulder, Colorado) Rookie  
64Paul Spencer (Kent, United Kingdom) Rookie  
65Dylan Taylor (Vancouver Island, BC) Rookie  
66Jeff Tomasetti (Fernandina Beach, Florida) Rookie  
67Sheila Torres-Blank (San Marcos, Texas) Rookie  
68Justin Voss (Anchorage, Alaska) Rookie  
69Curtis White (Chattanooga, Tennessee) Rookie  
70Martin Wimpenny (Derby, United Kingdom) Rookie  
Starting from Antelope Wells, New Mexico, United States
#Rider Name (Country) Team 
1Paul Attalla (Fernie, British Columbia) Rookie  
2Chris Bennett (Nelson, New Zealand) Rookie  
3Karlos Rodriguez Bernart (Deltona, Florida) Rookie  
4Denis Chazelle (Champagne, France) Rookie  
5Ross Delaplane (Golden, Colorado) Rookie  
6Craig Dolwin (Swindon, United Kingdom) Rookie  
7Pete Faeth (Davis, California) Veteran  
8Franck Gimard (Fernie, British Columbia) Rookie  
9Bruce Giroux (Council Bluffs, Iowa) Veteran  
10Russ McBride (Berkeley, California) Rookie  
11Greg McKennis (Glenwood Springs, Colorado) Rookie  
12Steve Moore (Wimberley, Texas) Rookie  
13Sandra Musgrave (Austin, Texas) Rookie  
14Roland Sturm (Santa Monica, California) Rookie  
15Niki Yoblonski (Santa Monica, California) Rookie  
Author: Cycling News

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