Banff to Mexico, again… anyone?!


Many friends have expressed to me their blue dot withdrawals. Well, no need to totally wean yourselves; I’m in for round two… and hope you are also!

Last year’s Tour Divide was the grandest and most enlightening thing I’ve done in my life. I learned a lot about myself and the world around me. I also feel like I inspired a few people along the way. Most importantly, I learned a lot about how to survive that race! I have to say that I did alright with what I knew… but, I now know a lot more.

It’s hard to sit back and watch the lineup grow with my new found knowledge. I won’t pretend to know everything about this race or to be able to have rigid expectations for my own performance. The most important lesson that I picked up last year, was about flexibility. As I read back through my journals from 2008, I probably had 3 days total that went exactly as planned. I can’t see the future and there’s always the possibility that the stars won’t align this year, as well as they did last – but that’s a risk I’m willing to take.

Above is one of my favorite photos from the divide. My goal this year is to use this time for a little introspection and make no mistake, I want to go fast and hard out there, but I want to enjoy it – thoroughly. I don’t want to look back, when I’m older and wish that I had done it better. Right now, I know that there are lots of things that I want to change as I race. Maybe it’s like the tootsie pop and you may never find out how many licks it takes to get to the center – That’s okay too.


I’ve been warned that it’s addictive, and it is. I hope you can all handle another round. I’ve remedied some problems that I had with my nutrition and general health last year and think it should be a little bit less stressful for us all.

I am going to be out pounding the pavement looking for funding, as it costs a bit to live out of gas stations for a month. If anyone wants to contribute to my journey, just shoot me an email. I am also full swing into the book that I will be writing (which will be about the two attempts and life between.) Your contributions will help to make that happen.

Thanks for all of your support, in any way, and I look forward to sending my first update from Banff, June 12th!



19 Comments Add yours

  1. “My goal this year is to use this time for a little introspection and make no mistake, I want to go fast and hard out there, but I want to enjoy it – thoroughly.”

    I am afraid to toss my hat in the ring for that exact reason, attempting to go hard/fast AND enjoy it. I think it would be troublesome for me to do both of those things.


  2. Hunter Weeks says:

    Congratulations! I’m excited & wish that I could be out there filming it again. I joked last year about being a rider in this year’s race, but post production of the film has taken me over. Maybe 2010. Good luck and maybe I’ll see you at the start.


  3. DriftingSon says:

    Looking forward to tracking you again Mary- I’d love to give that a try myself someday, before I’m feeble. Thanks for the tip on my blog about the future Siren bike truck- I’ll definitely check into that. I’ve had my eye on a Song for a while too, so- guess I’ll have buy two bikes!


  4. Bill Martin says:

    Awesome! I wish you well in finding the funding. I look forward to following you. Maybe you can twitter some updates 🙂


  5. Yannick Oven says:

    Hey Mary ! Congratulations for making us dreaming with this new coming trip ! I’m a traveller too, but on smaller distances ; 1500 miles was my maxi for now, but i’d like to travel more. Anyway, i’m a french MTB editor and we would like to have you sharing your experience with us ; of course i can check all updates trough from this website but we’d like to do more. Drop me a line!
    Thanks Mary and keep it going !


  6. Dave says:

    Blue dots…….can’t wait till June.


  7. Bandit says:

    As if I didn’t have enough reasons to look forward to June. Let’s get some long training rides in!


  8. Jenny says:

    Hi Mary, I’m a recreational MTB’er who stumbled across your website. I find your adventures totally inspiring, and look forward to hearing about this amazing race, as well. Thanks for your writing and adding fuel to my fire. All the best to you!


  9. Brendan says:

    Here we go again! Yeah!
    I’ll be a blue dot junkie once again…


  10. Mary Metcalf says:

    Thank you all for the support. It means a lot. It’s gonna be another exciting adventure, for sure. I’ve added a Tour Divide page, so send anyone my way, who may want to sponsor it.


  11. Ian says:

    I’m glad you’re going at it again. I’m jealous! Well… I do get to see the whole thing this summer, but by motorcycle (the scenery will go by faster). I plan to race it on a bicycle, too, when I am a bit more “conditioned”. 😉

    It looks like you’ll have more company this year with 27 people already on the start list.


  12. So can’t wait for spending all day on the bicycle!


  13. Carrie says:

    Yay!!!!!!! I’m available for mental pit stops anytime. Can’t wait to read the book and follow you on Divide 2!


  14. Ali Bridson says:

    GREAT! I was hoping to hear that you’d be in for a 2nd helping! Go Mary!


  15. jill says:

    This is so cool! Congrats on making the commitment!


  16. MariaRose says:

    Wow! I’d love to come and watch you for part of the ride this time!


  17. wunnspeed says:

    Mary, fantastic news that you’re going to do it again. I didn’t know that you were writing a book. I definitely want to be on the list when you publish it. That sounds like a really great read. Good luck and congratulations on the success.


  18. cat morrison says:

    I didn’t really get to follow you last you so this year I get my fix. I can’t wait to be out there some day. As for now I’ll have to live vicariously!


  19. andy buchanan says:

    mary it is good to hear you are going on this wonderful adventure again . i said that i was trying to be at the start again this year but i have had a tough year financially and will not be there this time around . this gives me a whole year to train for next years event . i hope to see everyone that is racing this year out on the trail as i live only a couple of hours away from lima area . i will not be wearing devil horns and running up the passes though . god speed everyone and hope to see you on the trail .



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