Hal Russell of Oscela, MO has complete the Tour Divide three times . . . | Podiumwear

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For those of you unfamiliar with the Tour Divide, let's bring you up to speed quick :

* The Tour Divide is an Endurance Mountain Bike Event started in 1999

* All participants of the Tour Divide are entirely Self-Supported

* The Tour Divide traverses the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

* The Adventure Cycling Association describes the route as so:

"Ride the longest off-pavement route in the world. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) is Adventure Cycling's premier off-pavement cycling route, crisscrossing the Continental Divide north to south. This route is defined by the word "remote." Its remoteness equates with spectacular terrain and scenery. The entire route is basically dirt-road and mountain-pass riding every day. In total, it has over 200,000 feet of elevation gain."

* The Tour Divide is 2,745 miles in it's entirety.

There. Now we're set.

We had the opportunity to support one such participant this year, Mr. Hal Russell. Hal exemplifies everything we love about cycling. He's one of the kindest, hardest working folks you'd hope to meet. We gave him a jacket and a jersey for this year's journey, and here's what he had to tell us about it :

Podiumwear : How many years have you attempted the Tour Divide, Hal?

Hal : I have attempted the Tour Divide 3 times. 2013, 2014 and 2015. I have finished it all 3 times.

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