It wasn’t my typical beach read (meaning it wasn’t chick literature that I could read in one sitting) yet I really loved it.
The story is Howard’s personal account of a mountain bike race, the Tour Divide, running from Banff, Alberta, Canada to the Mexican border. It’s 2,700 miles long and includes more than 200,000 feet of climbing.
Howard had never owned a mountain bike and could only recall two off-road cycling misadventures. That didn’t stop him from buying a plane ticket from the UK to Canada, signing up for the race, and leaving his wife and toddlers for four weeks to attempt the adventure.
The book goes into detail of some bitterly cold days, rides that seem insurmountable, stops in forgotten towns, food in countless diners, and the spirit of riders who are in it for the long haul and all that comes with it.
I just can’t imagine sitting in the saddle each and every day for hours. I also can’t imagine riding up to 135 miles a day on a mountain bike, and then getting up the next day to do it all again.
The journey through Howard’s eyes is a tale of friendship, challenges, and adventure- all with that dry British wit!
The style of writing had me cheering along the riders; it felt like I knew them and I wanted them all to succeed.
I’m not a mountain biker (more of a wannabe!), but this story made me want to take on the 2,700 mile bike tour!
I wonder if I could talk Kelly into doing it alongside me (instead of hundreds of miles ahead)?!
Do you mountain bike? Would you consider a multi-day race?
Other book reviews:
- The World’s Toughest Endurance Challenges and World’s Ultimate Running Races
- Run or Die by Kilian Jornet
- You Are an Ironman by Jacques Steingberg
- Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
- Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn
- A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington
- In the way they can’t see you cry by Amanda Beard