"The world’s toughest bike race isn’t in France."
That’s the tag line for Ride the Divide, a feature-length documentary about the 2008 Tour Divide race, a 2,700-mile haul along the Continental Divide. The race begins every summer in Banff, Alberta, to the New Mexico-Mexico border. There is no outside support allowed, there are no prizes and there is nearly 200,000-feet of climbing.
The film focuses on three of the participants: a 40-year-old family man trying to push himself to the limit; the first female to complete the race; and a four-time winner who expecting a new baby when he gets home.
Currently on tour with screenings in full-sized movie theaters, Ride the Divide made its way in Pittsburgh last week and naturally we rolled over to watch.
The filmmakers do a wonderful job capturing the majesty and the heartbreak that is the Tour Divide. You get to see the race up close in a way you never would just reading an article or flipping through a photo gallery. Ok, maybe some of the music was a little over-the-top, but we can let that slide.
Check out the schedule and be sure to stop by if it’s going to be near you.
Have you seen it already? What did you think?