Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide

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Armed With Wit and humour, veteran sports writer Paul Howard tackles the longest mountain bike race in the world-the Tour Divide. Covering five geographical regions along the Continental Divide and featuring nearly every type of terrain imaginable, the race is no small feat for Howard, who has never owned a mountain bike before. Testing the limits of his physical training, his fear of bears and his comfort zone, Howard experiences culture shock at every turn, bonds with his fellow riders and describes the ...

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Overview

Armed With Wit and humour, veteran sports writer Paul Howard tackles the longest mountain bike race in the world-the Tour Divide. Covering five geographical regions along the Continental Divide and featuring nearly every type of terrain imaginable, the race is no small feat for Howard, who has never owned a mountain bike before. Testing the limits of his physical training, his fear of bears and his comfort zone, Howard experiences culture shock at every turn, bonds with his fellow riders and describes the ever-changing surroundings with a mixture of tourist's awe and dry British wit. Eat, Sleep, Ride is a hilarious account of the world as it can only be viewed from a bicycle.

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What kind of person selects a 2700-plus mile self-supported event for his first mountain bike race? A person looking for adventure and willing to push himself, and occasionally his bike, for almost a month. The Tour Divide stretches from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, NM, over paved roads and dirt, on some tracks only as wide as the bike, and among moose and rattlesnakes. A test of stamina, determination, willpower, and equipment, this relatively small race draws many whose only goal is completion. Howard (Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape: The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil, the First Five-Times Winner of the Tour de France) perseveres with humor as he weathers insane storms, rations his food, gets separated from companions, and occasionally struggles to continue, almost crying at the loss of a bag of Skittles. Unlike The Cordillera, a literary journal of essays about the race, this title covers one biker's journey from start to finish. VERDICT The story of a lengthy and sometimes grueling race told with humor and insight, this book is highly recommended for all cyclists, and it will delight armchair adventurers.—Sheila Kasperek, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553658177
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 772,452
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Howard's first book, Riding High, was shortlisted for the National Sporting Club’s Best New Sports Writer prize, while his account of Jacques Anquetil's life, Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape, was shortlisted in the Biography of the Year category at the British Sports Book Awards.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Sussex

1 Seduction 11

2 A Series of Unfortunate Events 15

Canada

3 The Bear Necessities 27

4 A Horseshoe for Luck 40

5 Bringing Up the Rear 51

6 Where the Wild Things Are 58

Montana

7 Breakfast with Dolly Parton 71

8 Swan Lake 77

9 A River Runs through It 85

10 Three Kinds of Psychopath 94

11 Signs of Life 102

12 Singing in the Rain 109

13 Here's Mud in Your Eye 117

14 This Is Not Peru 126

15 Leaving Montana 134

Idaho and Wyoming

16 No Room at the Inn 143

17 Down the Green River 152

18 Encounter with a Cowboy 159

19 Across the Basin 168

20 Saved by a Siren 175

Colorado

21 Moscow Calling 185

22 Eat, Sleep and Be Grumpy 193

23 I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud 201

24 Cannibal Adventure! 208

25 It's All Downhill from Here 215

New Mexico

26 Independence Day 223

27 Through the Rainbow 231

28 Losing My Innocence in Walmart 237

29 Pie Town 244

30 Geronimo! 250

31 The Fall 258

32 Satisfaction 268

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