Boulder Cyclist Prepares for Tour Divide; Launch Party on June 2

Cyclist Jake Kirkpatrick and his singlespeed Gates Carbon belt drive Black Sheep bike.A bon voyage party will be held on June 2 in Boulder for pro singlespeed mountain bike racer Jake Kirkpatrick as he prepares to embark on the Tour Divide, an epic 2,745-mile ride down the spine of the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico that has been called the world’s toughest mountain bike race.

The party from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be held at Swiss Chalet Timepieces at 17th and Pearl Street. A silent auction to raise money for Kirkpatrick’s adventure will close at 7:30 p.m. Join family, friends, supporters and others to learn about Kirkpatrick’s race strategy and aggressive training regimen, and to see his custom singlespeed belt-drive Black Sheep bike.

Kirkpatrick’s titanium bike won the “Best Off-Road” award at the 2011 North American Handmade Bike Show. The belt-drive beauty will be displayed at Swiss Chalet for one week beginning this Thursday, May 26.

Cyclist Jake Kirkpatrick prepares to embark on the Tour Divide with his Gates Carbon Drive Black Sheep bicycle.Kirkpatrick hopes to win the grueling race, but just finishing would be a victory. Seeking an advantage over the competition, Kirkpatrick is using the Gates Carbon Drive to eliminate the maintenance necessary with a chain drive. The Tour Divide begins June 10 in Banff, Alberta, and concludes in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Gates Carbon Drive is a proud sponsor of Kirkpatrick’s effort. Check back here for updates on his progress as the race begins.

Cyclist Jake Kirkpatrick will race the Tour Divide on his Gates Carbon Drive outfitted titanium Black Sheep bicycle.

Jake before the 2010 Breck Epic

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