The third time at the Tour Divide proved to be a charm for British endurance racer Mike Hall. Hall took his second victory in the self-supported 2745-mile race that roughly follows the Continental Divide from Banff, Canada, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, and includes nearly 200,000 feet of vertical (equivalent to ascending Mount Everest from sea-level 7 times). In 2013, Hall was on pace to set a new course record, but forest fires required an off-course reroute that negated any chances at the record. However, this time around the weather and course conditions were favorable, as was the performance of his well dialed Pivot LES 29er carbon hardtail race bike. Indeed, Hall set a new Tour Divide course record of 13 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes, breaking the previous record by 12 hours, 46 minutes. Hall’s average distance per day was 194.1 miles with total moving time of 10:14:36, with stops for rest and refueling making up the additional time. Photographer Eddie Clark was on scene and provided this up close look at the bike that got Hall to the finish line in New Mexico.
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