Imagine pedaling 2,850 miles, setting a world record, and only one person is waiting to cheer for you at the finish line. That is exactly how this milestone played out for mountain biker Drew McIntosh.
Residents of South Knoxville are determined to honor Drew with a proper finish-line gala celebration in recognition of his world record.
South Knoxville’s own Drew McIntosh set the world record because he completed the Tour Divide (http://tourdivide.org) on a fixed gear bicycle. Simply put, he pedaled in one gear on a mountain bike through mountainous terrain for 24 days, 8 hours, and 6 minutes. The previous fixed gear record was 34 days. His route began in Banff, Canada and ended in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.
In the cycling world, fixed-gear is very different from single-speed. You can coast on a single-speed; you cannot on a fixed-gear, so you are pedaling the whole time. Drew was pedaling uphill and downhill…NO COASTING!
In mountain biking circles, this trail is known as “The Tour Divide.” It is widely regarded as the toughest bike race in the world, and the route follows The Great Continental Divide of the United States.
When Drew completed his final pedal in Antelope Wells, New Mexico he was greeted by his girlfriend Alix who was waiting with his favorite beer. Drew McIntosh broke down in tears; then they loaded his mountain bike onto the car and drove back to Tennessee to their residence in South Knoxville near the Island Home neighborhood.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will be shining a spotlight on this amazing 28-year-old man who trained on the abundant mountain bike trails throughout South Knoxville’s wilderness zones. Drew is a member of Appalachian Mountain Bike Club.
Refreshments will be served. Also, Savory & Sweet Food Truck will be on site for anyone who wishes to purchase food.
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