The World’s Toughest Bike Race?

We’ll be hosting a movie night as part of Bike Month 2011 this Monday, May 9th. The film of the evening: Ride the Divide, a documentary which follows a bike race about more than just finishing first.

Just finishing is a feat.

From their site:

An award-winning feature film about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters’ experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.

The documentary follows the participants of the 2008 Tour Divide.

…the race clock runs 24 hours a day and the riders are allowed no outside support other than access to public facilities such as stores, motels, and bike shops. The record time to complete the Tour Divide in its 2010 routing is 17 days, 23 hours and was set in 2009. The Tour Divide has been raced and completed on both single speed bicycles and on a tandem bicycle. There are neither entry fees nor prizes in either race.

Have you ever seen a bike race where the riders had to stop and wait for a bear to clear out of the roadway? If not, come join us this Monday the 9th at 7pm down at the UAG.

Click here for directions.

Written by Ken Burford

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