POTSDAM -- Benjamin Yandeau, a teacher at Norwood-Norfolk Central School, will visit SUNY Potsdam Friday, April 5 to speak about completing the “Great Divide Bike Route.”
Yandeau, an alumnus of SUNY Potsdam’s Wilderness Education Program, will speak at 6 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union’s Fireside Lounge.
Yandeau recently competed in the “Tour Divide,” a self-supported bike race that follows the “Great Divide” bike route. The race is considered one of the more difficult mountain bike races in the world and about half of those who start do not finish. Yandeau will speak about his experience preparing for and completing the race.
The route covers 2,745 miles of trails and dirt roads, crossing mountains and valleys of the continental divide, from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The route increases 200,000 feet in vertical elevation. Racers complete the trip on a single gear bike with no suspension.
Donations will be accepted at the talk to raise funds for the upcoming wilderness leadership II course trip to the “Bob Marshall Wilderness” in Montana this summer.
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