People debate about what is the toughest bike race. Is it the Race Across America for it’s sleep deprivation? Or is it the Tour de France because of the speeds? Or is it the 2,711 mile mountain bike race, Tour Divide, along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The Tour Divide certainly is a serious contender for toughest bike race and as far as I know there’s no other mountain bike race that comes close.
Ride The Divide movie is an award-winning feature-length documentary that gives a glimpse into just how tough the Tour Divide really is. The movie was shot of the 2008 Tour Divide and was named the Best Adventure Film at this year’s Vail Film Festival. The movie is available on DVD or Blu-Ray.
Ride the Divide is being shown at select theaters around the country. Here in Colorado Springs we get our chance to see it on the big screen on Wednesday, September 15, at the Stargazers Theatre. It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Stargazers Theatre located off Pikes Peak Avenue. Tickets are available in advance by calling Stargazers at 476-2200, at the box office most evenings and online. Tickets will also be available at the door while they last. Admission is $10.
Ride The Divide embraces the inspiring stories of three of the racers who experience the immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada, to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border. There’s Mike, a 40-year-old family man who uses this challenge to chart a new course in life; Matthew, a leader in extreme endurance racing who’s competing for his fifth time; and Mary, the ﬁrst female rider to race this route. As they set out, they will attempt to accomplish what very few have been able to. Over the course of a few weeks, they’ll attempt to climb over 200,000 vertical feet along the backbone of the Rocky Mountains.
They’ll experience mental breakdowns, treacherous snow, hellacious blisters, and total fatigue. Above all, they’ll race with no support – at times in total isolation. The tests of endurance and the accomplished moments throughout Ride the Divide prompt us to reﬂect on our inner desires to live life to the fullest.