firefly™ ambassador, Richard Parks, completed the longest off-road cycling route in the world on Wednesday morning in 26 days, 17 hours and 15 minutes.
The Tour Divide is a self-supported race along the Great Divide mountain bike route. In 26 days, 17 hours and 15 minutes, Richard travelled a total of 4,431km/2,753 miles through the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, followed by Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico in the United States.
Considered one of the toughest mountain bike races on the planet, Richard took on the Tour Divide as a training block as part of the preparation for his next world first project, which has yet to be revealed.
On finishing the epic challenge, he said “I feel tired! But I'm in good shape. My goal was to push myself, enjoy the experience and come home ready to begin a new training block - I'm frazzled to be fair, so many emotions to process! As always I feel grateful for the experience, it's been sincerely wonderful to experience America like this, but it's been a tough 5 days to finish with. The hardest thing is the unrelenting nature of constantly pushing, overriding every instinct to sleep.”
Richard, as always, packed his trusted firefly™ devices to assist his recovery during the 26 days of gruelling physical exertion. He talked about his essential kit for this challenge in a pre-race blog before the Tour Divide started.
To find out more about the Tour Divide go to Richard Parks’ blog to follow his journey.