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

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Greystone Books, Feb 15, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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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 along the Continental Divide goes through the heart of the Rocky Mountains and 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? Entertaining and engaging, Eat, Sleep, Ride will appeal to avid and aspiring cyclers, as well as fans of adventure/travel narrative with a humorous twist.

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

A pleasant read about a Yorkshireman taking part in the Tour Divide, an unsupported 2,700-mile race down America's mountainous spine, from Banff in Canada to the Mexico border.The snippets of history ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Sheila Kasperek - Book Verdict

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 ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

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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