In road cycling there are the “hard” men and women who are notorious for taking a pounding and pulling out finish after finish. Then there are the competitors in the Tour Divide. 2,750 miles (4425 Kilometres) down the spine of the continent from Banff to the Mexico border. And then some of these damned fools ride it on single-speed fixed-gear bicycles. Did I mention that there’s no team car? The ride is wholly self-supported. You ride, dine, ride, sleep, fall-off, ride, change flats, ride, fix mechanical failures, ride, deal with wildlife, ride — all on your own. Who is the Roulleur now?

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