Eat, Sleep, Ride

Eat, Sleep, Ride

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

Book - 2011
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For Paul Howard , who has ridden the entire Tour de France route during the race itself--setting off at 4 am each day to avoid being caught by the pros--riding a small mountain bike race should hold no fear. Still, this isn't just any mountain bike race. This is the Tour Divide.

Running from Banff in Canada to the Mexican border, the Tour Divide is more than 2,700 miles--500 miles longer than the Tour de France. Its route through the heart of the Rocky Mountains involves more than 200,000 feet of ascent--the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest seven times.

The other problem is that Howard has never owned a mountain bike--and how will training on the South Downs in southern England prepare him for sleeping rough in the Rockies?

Undaunted, Howard swaps the smooth tarmac roads of France for the mud, snow, and ice of the Tour Divide, fending off grizzly bears, mountain lions, and moose. Buzzing roadside fans are replaced by buzzing mosquitoes. Battling bad weather, drinking whiskey with a cowboy, and singing karaoke with the locals, Howard's journey turned into more than just a race -- it became the adventure of a lifetime.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Greystone Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781553658177
Branch Call Number: 796.63 HOW
Characteristics: 271 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 17, 2015

A lot of snide comments about various locals, of the sort the British author probably meant to be humorous, but which become boringly redundant after a while. Otherwise an okay depiction of his biking from Banff to Mexico. I didn't find him even remotely similar to Bill Bryson, who is truly witty and humorous, but also warm and compassionate in his humor rather than snearing.

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JennArmstrong
Jul 24, 2013

Loved this book. I really enjoyed Paul's added humour throughout. It was nice to see that although he was tested to the extremes mentally he was still able to see the humour in things that happened during the race.

I'm planning on racing the Tour Divide in June 2015 and this book made me even more excited about the race. I have no doubt I will be reading this book a few more times as June 2015 approaches to help with my planning.

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gemini07
Jul 21, 2013

Wonderfully witty and humourous account of Paul Howard's experience on the Tour Divide ~ the longest mountain bike race in the world from Banff to Mexico. Howard's witty observations, from a British perspective, on the "wild west", will have you laughing. Really enjoyed this book.

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holzhorn
Oct 13, 2012

A very pleasant surprise - really enjoyed this book.

Excellent escapism and more. Anyone with a sense of adventure will enjoy. Howard writes in a very straightforward style that is pleasant and has good pace.
Highly recommend.

MelBooks Apr 20, 2011

I can't put it down. It has a touch of Bill Bryson but Paul's still his own author. I can't wait to read his other books. Some of the history is a bit dry for me but the rest makes up for that.

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