Against the Wind: A Rider's Account of the Incredible Iron Butt Rally

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Ten consecutive thousand-mile days on two wheels in a mental race against imponderable odds and a ceaselessly ticking clock—welcome to the legendary Iron Butt Rally. Against the Wind is a riveting new book, written by sixth-place 1995 finisher Ron Ayres, telling the story of what many call the most grueling test of human endurance in all of motorcycling. With guts and shear willpower, riders must overcome (or succumb to) fatigue and danger, calling upon human reserves buried deep within. Ayres reveals the ...

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Overview

Ten consecutive thousand-mile days on two wheels in a mental race against imponderable odds and a ceaselessly ticking clock—welcome to the legendary Iron Butt Rally. Against the Wind is a riveting new book, written by sixth-place 1995 finisher Ron Ayres, telling the story of what many call the most grueling test of human endurance in all of motorcycling. With guts and shear willpower, riders must overcome (or succumb to) fatigue and danger, calling upon human reserves buried deep within. Ayres reveals the innermost thoughts of a successful contestant and lets us share the anticipation, the thrill, the fatigue, the heartbreak, the euphoria, and ultimately the controversy of completing this merciless trial. More than the mere mechanics of making it through the eleven-day ordeal, Ayres describes the elegant strategy necessary to be a contender. You'll discover what motivates the riders, how the rally is scored, what takes place each day, how the routes are planned, and what it's like to ride to the very limit of endurance—and then ride some more.As engaging as Ayres own story is, you'll also be fascinated by the experiences of other riders who are attracted to such events. Motorcycle journalist Bob Higdon states in his foreword to the book, "Here, told from the point of view of a participant, the unraveling of human souls proceeds in almost embarrassing clarity." It's an incredible journey most of us would rather enjoy from our easy chair, and now we can with this first-rate book.

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"Ron Ayres' diary-like account of the Iron Butt Rally had me wanting to climb on my bike and ride into the moonset/sunrise. . . . The book didn't have me interested just for the great roads, incredible scenery, or great weather, but rather for the comraderie of fellow competitors and the chance to push yourself against all odds.  This ride isn't for all riders, but this book is. . . . We give this book 4 out of 5 wheelies only because it left us wanting more." - Motorcycle Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884313097
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Gear
  • Publication date: 8/29/1997
  • Series: Incredible Journeys Series
  • Pages: 237
  • Sales rank: 629,336
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Birth of a Passion

2. The Gathering

3. Salt Lake City to Spokane

4. Spokane to San Diego

5. San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale

6. Ft. Lauderdale to Gorham

7. Gorham to Salt Lake City

8. Awards Ceremony

9. Winners' Losses

10. Epilogue

Appendix A 1995 Iron Butt Rally Entrants

Appendix B Bonus Locations

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2001

    Magical account of an epic competition

    Can you imagine riding 12,000 miles in 11 days during a nation-wide scavenger hunt? Could you sleep at the 'Iron Butt Hotel' (by pulling over and slumping over your handlebars to catch a few hours)? The Iron Butt rally is an epic, one-of-a-kind competition and Ron Ayers did a magical job of capturing the inside story after his remarkable finish. Ron was a top executive at EDS who in his 50s siezed this unforgettable moment. It transcends motorcycling and makes you wonder what a once-in-a-lifetime adventure could await you.

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