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Man versus mountains

Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:12:36

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Alvechurch resident Tim Roberts is back home after completing the arduous Tour Divide and raising £2,000 for Cancer Research.

Tim encountered extreme weather conditions, remote terrain and plenty of wild animals in the world’s longest mountain bike race – 2,745 miles from Canada to New Mexico – but finished in 22 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes, coming 36th out of 164 riders who started the race.

“It was much harder than I thought it would be – even after all my training, at times I felt like I’d never ridden a bike before!” says Tim, who had his 50th birthday during the Tour.

“This was the worst year of weather the Tour has ever had, with snow, ice hail, lightning storms, and then 40C heat in the daytime.

“Once we got completely bogged down in mud while trying to go uphill, and had to just stay there for the night.”

Tim’s shortest day in the saddle was 90 miles, and the longest was 192 miles, taking 20 hours. He had three crashes, all of which he and the bike survived unscathed, and lost about five kilos in weight.

“The route was just amazing, especially the area called the Great Basin in Nevada, which was 96 miles of absolutely nothing.”

Despite the gruelling conditions (almost half the riders did not complete the challenge), Tim says he’d like to do it again in 10 years when he’s 60, although not as a race this time!

The online donations page will remain open until September – visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TimRoberts20

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