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Oliver Whalley Wins ‘World’s Toughest Mountain Bike Race’

  June 26, 2012

Oliver “Ollie” Whalley Smashes Record

Oliver “Ollie” Whalley is getting a well-deserved rest following his record-setting victory in the Tour Divide mountain bike race, which he finished on Sunday. Whalley smashed the old course record by two days with his time of 16 days, two hours and 46 minutes. This is the first time the 26-year-old Kiwi from Christchurch, New Zealand, has raced the Tour Divide. His winning bike was a Ventana “El Commandante Ultimate” 29er with Gates Carbon Drive and a Rohloff internal hub.

Whalley is Ventana’s dealer in New Zealand. He arrived in San Francisco on May 5 and stopped in for a visit at Ventana before making his way to Banff, Alberta, the start of the course. The 2,745-mile (4,418 km) self-supported race follows the Continental Divide from the border of Canada to Mexico, finishing in Antelope Wells, NM. Tour Divide has been called the world’s toughest mountain bike race, an epic feat of endurance, strength, strategy and grit.

The Carbon Drive-Rohloff combination has proven to be a winner in epic endurance races and global touring; James Bowthorpe held the record for fastest bike ride around the world on a Santos touring bike with Gates and Rohloff.

Stay Tuned for What’s Next for Ollie

Stay tuned for more news and in-depth interviews with Ollie. In an email exchange with Gates Carbon Drive, Whalley said he is enjoying his time off the bike, adding that the United States is a good place to recuperate due to the “huge portions of food you have here.” Gates looks forward to buying you huge meal, Ollie.