‘True Aloneness,’ Tour Divide Updates Guidelines, Forbids Private Media

If you happen to journey the Tour Divide whereas a media crew movies you, are you in violation of the principles? A brand new rule says ‘sure.’

For over 2 years, the controversy over whether or not or not media constitutes “assist” on “unsupported” endurance missions has raged. In 2019, the Tour Divide race was embroiled in controversy involving maybe its most high-profile athlete, Lael Wilcox.

Wilcox sought to develop into the primary girl to be the general race winner. A movie crew deliberate to doc her try alongside the way in which. However then-Salsa rider and distinguished distance bicycle owner Jay Petervary publicly took problem.

Petervary (higher generally known as JayP) and others argued {that a} movie crew constituted assist, violating what many see as a vital a part of the Tour Divide’s legacy: totally unsupported using.

Wilcox finally withdrew from the race. The movie nonetheless ran; it’s referred to as “I Simply Need To Journey.”

Now, Tour Divide race organizers have taken a giant step towards one facet of the dispute. The aim? To make sure that the spirit of the race, and all the weather which can be a part of a race like this one, forge on as pretty as attainable.


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New Messaging in All Caps

On Wednesday afternoon, Petervary put up a social media submit that grabbed our consideration. An obvious screenshot regarded like a doc that condemned media presence on the Tour Divide, possibly or possibly not posted by the Tour Divide itself.

“WHILE TD IS NOT YET READY TO BAN ALL MEDIA ENTIRELY, FOR GRAND DEPARTS, PERSONAL MEDIA TEAMS FOCUSING ON AN INDIVIDUAL RIDER WITH INTENT TO FOLLOW THEM ON COURSE CAN INJECT UNDUE MORAL HAZARD INTO THE EQUATION,” it reads. “THEREFORE, IT WILL BE DEEMED AS A FORM OF SUPPORT GOING FORWARD.”

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In the meantime, the trans-Continental Divide race’s web site urged the assertion held water — if it wasn’t fairly but the regulation of the land.

A observe on the high of the Tour Divide guidelines web page specifies that “[w]hile not but printed, the Tour Divide race director has added to this record [of rules] that non-public movie crews are usually not allowed.”

Tour Divide Clarifies

So, we reached out to search out out what’s what. Matthew Lee, who describes himself because the Tour Divide “disorganizer,” set the document straight. He wrote in an e mail that the screenshot got here from the race’s “affirmation of understanding,” which is a set of agreements all riders enter into on sign-up.

“That language is new for 2022,” he mentioned, referencing the screenshot. “This resolution was not made calmly and has been within the works for at the very least two years now.”

“It’s not a simple or easy debate,” he acknowledged.

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In response to Lee, organizers accounted for the exploding reputation of gravel using and the game at giant to make their resolution.

“This must be a coverage for yr [over] yr,” he wrote, “for veterans of our little bikepacking scene and for gravel execs new to the scene coming alongside sooner or later.”

So, for now, the brand new “affirmation of understanding” language is tantamount to the phrase of the Tour Divide gods.

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“TRUE ALONENESS IS PRIMARY TO THE TD CHALLENGE AND A PERSONAL MEDIA TEAM CONFLICTS WITH THIS TENET,” it reads.

So, let it’s written. No private movie crews, simply riders, organizers, and the occasional path angels. The 2022 Tour Divide begins this Friday, June 10.

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