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

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

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by Paul Howard
     
 

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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

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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 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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"A mixture of international adventure and comic twist on the familiar personal-growth-through-physical-accomplishment theme, the book is lively and very difficult to put down."—Booklist

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553658177
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
597,713
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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"A mixture of international adventure and comic twist on the familiar personal-growth-through-physical-accomplishment theme, the book is lively and very difficult to put down."—Booklist

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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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