Maine Brewer attempts Tour Divide

20120416-091934.jpgLong before there were Spinning classes and suspension bicycles, Andy Hazen was riding. Up and down, all year round, churning out hundreds of miles a week, when most of us hope to get three or four rides in in any 7 day period.
In 2009, I loaned him a DVD named Ride The Divide. It was in the winter, and when it is particularly nasty out , Andy sets his bike up on a trainer and watches videos, where he prefers the Three Stooges. Something clicked in his mind while he was watching the video and when he handed it back to me, he said, “I am going to do this. ”
Never mind that he’s been at home for the past twenty years, tending Andrew’s Brewry, when I recall him taking just one weekend vacation, and that was up to Oquossoc, ME.
On May 25 Andy and I are hopping in his pickup truck and driving out to Montana, before he sets out on an acclimatizing ride from Whitefish to Banff, Canada and starts the adventure of a lifetime, the Tour Divide. I’ ll keep him company as we drive out to Livingston, MT where my son Lincoln has a house.
Last week, Deirdre Fleming and a staff photographer visited Lincolnville and spent some time interviewing the man himself.
Here’s the article.

About tjamrog

I'm sixty-five years old and live in the Maine woods. I've thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. Nature is my gym. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures" . I have practiced Transcendental Meditation for an hour daily for the past 45 years.
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3 Responses to Maine Brewer attempts Tour Divide

  1. General Lee says:

    go get ’em Andy!

  2. beechcreekproject says:

    I’ve seen the documentary “Ride the Divide” and it was a great piece. I wish him the best of luck and success in his endeavor. Good luck and safe travels.

  3. k1ypp says:

    You can do it Andy. I was the 2002 Eastern Fat Tire Assoc. (EFTA) Masters Div. Champ. At the time I was 55 yrs. old and ten years older than most of my serious competition (45 was entry level to the div.) Training, good diet and rest and you’ll do great. Love that mountain biking. It does suck here in Florida however.

    Speaking of heart conditions, in 2007 I set out to hike the Appalachian Trail, got 600 miles (Pearisburg, VA) and had to take 300 days off for a six-artery heart bypass. I got back on the AT in 2008 and finished the whole thing, even wrote a book about it, Three Hundred Zeroes: Lessons of the Heart on the Appalachian Trail. Note the play on words. Five years later I’m still feeling great and riding 20-50 miles a day on the bike.

    Good luck with the challenge and above all else, have a ball!

    Dennis, “K1″

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