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Atascadero man conquers Continental Divide to win 2,700-mile bike race

Atascadero resident Brian Lucido, winner of the Tour Divide 2017 bicycle race, poses for a photo outside Blackfoot Angler & Supplies in Ovando, Montana. Lucido completed the race in 14 days, 22 hours and 45 minutes.
Atascadero resident Brian Lucido, winner of the Tour Divide 2017 bicycle race, poses for a photo outside Blackfoot Angler & Supplies in Ovando, Montana. Lucido completed the race in 14 days, 22 hours and 45 minutes.

An Atascadero man rode more than 2,700 miles to victory, finishing the punishing “Tour Divide 2017” long-distance “bikepacking” race early Saturday morning.

Brian Lucido, 41, finished the race — which extends from Banff, Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, near the Mexican border — in just less than 15 days, three days less than he projected. The grueling race follows the Continental Divide.

“By route’s end a thru-rider will climb nearly 200,000 feet of vertical (equivalent to summiting Mount Everest from sea-level seven times),” it says on the race website. “The route is unmarked and circuitous, requiring navigational acumen. It travels through remote backcountry with Grizzly and Mountain Lion density.”

The race has such a high scratch rate, just a third of those who compete actually finish, according to Lucido’s Facebook page.

Lucido traveled an average of more than 182 miles a day, at an average speed of 7.6 mph, according to online tracking information.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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