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The first race of the season is wrapped, as Italy Divide concludes with joint first place winners. It was great to be thrown into the deep end of dotwatching with some quality racing. The good news is, you don't have long to wait until your next fix: the HT550 begins on Saturday 25th May.

NEED TO KNOW

Photo credit: James Hayden

ITALY DIVIDE

WINNERS: James Hayden & Sofiane Sehili
TIME: 4D 7H 42M 3S

This week marked the end of the first race of the season - Italy Divide - and what a race it was. From the gravel roads of Tuscany to the snow-capped mountain passes and all the mud in between, it was a truly gripping event from the start. Valentina Rocca, Philippa Battye and Ania Bocchini rounded out women's podium. Relive the race via our coverage to find out how the race was won by not one, but two riders.
LOOK BACK AT THE RACE

LATEST

FIVE MINUTES WITH... JENNIFER DOOHAN
READ THE 2019 SEASON PREVIEW

LONG READ

JAMES HAYDEN'S RACE REPORT

Joint winner James Hayden has begun writing his Italy Divide race report. It'll make for good reading over the next few days as other riders battle on through the mud.
READ THE REPORT

GET LOST

TRAWLING THE BIKEPACKING CYBERSPHERE, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO

A beginner's guide to bikepacking // Johanna Jahnke interviews Björn Lenhard about his plans for 2019 (Deutsch) // Mark Beaumont takes GCN for ride around the NC500 // Lewis Ciddor and Ty Domin sit down with The Hidden Athlete podcast // Ian Walker (winner of 2018 NC4000) announces world record attempt // "Hot & Bothied" - a film about bikepacking in the Scottish Highlands // A guide to training for your first ultra-bikepacking event // Don't miss the action from Race Around The Netherlands // Lael Wilcox recounts her ITT of the Arizona Trail // ~3 min teaser of an upcoming long distance cycling film 
 

GET INVOLVED

DotWatcher is a community platform relying on volunteers from the bikepacking and dotwatching worlds for race coverage and other crucial insight. In order to continue to deliver the unique coverage you've come to expect from us, we're always in need of more hands on deck.

If you can spare some of your time to help out with DotWatcher, get in touch with Grace who'd be more than happy to have a chat.
VOLUNTEER

THREE TO FOLLOW

Lewis Ciddor won the 2018 Tour Divide and this year his goal is the Colorado Trail Race. @xshippx
She came third in her home race during this year's Italy Divide and it'll only be a matter of time until Ania Bocchini is back on wheels. @mouthpiecesss
Dutch-born Jasmijn Muller won the women's race at Bikingman Oman and she's leading the charge at Race Around the Netherlands. @jasmijnmuller

COMING SOON

Highland Trail 550 begins on 25th May. We'll bring you a full race preview featuring the who's who of this incredible race in the next couple of weeks.
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