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Divide racing wrapping up

The Tour Divide started in Canada

The Tour Divide started in Canada (Image credit: Tour Divide)

Over the past week and a half, the top Great Divide racing finishers have been rolling across the finish line at Antelope Wells, the border crossing station between the US and Mexico at the southern end of the Great Divide Route. Although they started about one week apart, the winners have been decided in both the Great Divide Race, which includes only the US portion of the Great Divide Route, and the Tour Divide, which also includes the Canadian portion of the Great Divide Route.

John Nobile, the fastest Great Divide Racer, finished with a record-breaking time of 15 days, one hour and 26 minutes. He beat the previous record of Jay Petervary (set in 2007) of 15 days, four hours and 18 minutes. Carl Hutchings and Rainer Klaus rounded out the top three.

"It was a pretty gruelling day," said Nobile of his final push according to greatdividerace.blogspot.com. He slept only two hours in the final three days and not at all in the final 48 hours. "I made it. It's hot as hell down here. [I'm] glad to be here, and glad to be heading north."

In the Tour Divide Race, organizer Matthew Lee finished first in 19 day and 12 hours. He was followed by Ardie Olson and a group of four including Alan Goldsmith, Dominik Scherer, Adrian Stingaciu and Leighton White.

At the time of writing, racers were still finishing the event which started in mid-June. Provisional results are below.

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