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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Columbus' Own: “TAYLOR KRUSE, TOUR DIVIDE 2013 FINISHER”

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WE ARE YOUNG

While staying at the Y in Banff readying myself for the Divide I’ll never forget when these two kids came in.  They were half my age, wearing matching Whiskey Parts t-shirts and were bright, peppy and did I mention young?  I honestly thought it was some kids that were coming out to root us Tour Divide Racers as we left Banff.  These kids were Kristen and Taylor and for a month I raced against and rode with them over the spine of the Divide.
I can’t say enough good about them and admired them for always keeping upbeat, pragmatic and positive in a race that wanted to shred you of all three of those things.  Taylor was a fellow single speeder and was unbelievably talented on the one gear and taught me a few things on how to be rather speedy myself on one.
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I was able to nab Taylor’s attention for a few moments and get his take on the Divide, here’s how it went:
Name: Taylor Kruse
Occupation: “User Experience” at Fulcrum Creatives, a small branding and design firm. Basically, I help build web sites and create media.
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Current rig (bike): Kona Big Unit, Whisky Parts Co. Carbon Fork
Favorite type of cycling: XC Racing, Cyclocross, Rides with friends
Favorite section of the Tour divide: The unnamed pass after Helena; you cross over on a fun four wheeler, double track, trail with nice technical climbing and descending. When I passed through it was snowing and the pine forest was very memorable.

1. LET’S GO AHEAD AND APPEASE THE SINGLESPEED NERDS OUT THERE, WHAT WAS YOUR GEAR RATIO AND WHY?


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