Just came across this thread.....
My name is Johnny and I am from London.
I have only just heard about the TD a few days ago but I wanna do it in 2013.
I have no mountain biking experience but some cycling experience.
In 2011 I rode across the USA on a single speed bike and it was an amazing experience, I think the TD would be incredible and even tho I fear the bears in Montana I am very keen to get it done.
I would be aiming to get it done in 17 days but I have no experience in cycling off road, so would appreciate any advise you all have on training.
Also with clothing, is it best to get warm clothing for the first half on the race and then get new clothing to suite the warmer weather as I head south? Not really sure on how is best to tackle the snow.
Also if anyone around Europe is going to be doing any weekend, or three day long tours in preparation I would love to hear from you, maybe I could join also.