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By Andi Bourne

Ovando Throws Open the Doors to Cyclists


Kathy Schoendoerfer

Kathy Schoendoerfer welcomes Tracy Burge into Ovando June 19. Schoendoerfer credits Burge's situation in the 2012 Tour Divide and Ovando's response with why Ovando is now bicyclist-friendly.

OVANDO – The simple act of reaching out to one woman who was in last place during the 2012 Tour Divide Bicycle Race has turned Ovando into a destination for Tour Divide riders and cyclists all over the world. Ovando's motto, "What we do for one, we do for all."

In 2012, Blackfoot Angler's owner Kathy Schoendoerfer got a call from someone telling her that cyclist Tracy Burge from Ohio was in last place, sick, hurting and about ready to give up. The community of Ovando responded by preparing their Sheppard's Wagon, which was only for tourist photos, so Burge could sleep inside. Food and bev...

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