Ride The Divide Movie comes to Truckee

Ride the Divide is an award-winning feature film about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2,700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters’ experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border.

Ride The Divide Movie Trailer from Ride The Divide on Vimeo.

Ride The Divide, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, will make a stop in Truckee on Tuesday, November 16, at the Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. The film chronicles the story of several mountain bikers who attempt the 2,711-mile race named the Tour Divide along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The movie was named the Best Adventure Film at this year’s Vail Film Festival.

This film has become an instant cycling classic, and made its television premiere in September on the Documentary Channel. But the Adventure Cycling Association said the film should be seen on the big screen: “The cinematography is stunning!” Added UpaDowna, “Ride The Divide is one of the most inspiring real cycling movies … in a long time.” Grizzly Adam of Epic Cycling summed it up succinctly: “In a word? Fantastic. In more words? Moving, funny, inspiring.” Cycle & Style magazine added, “If you have the opportunity to see Ride The Divide, you really should!”

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.

Ride The Divide made its debut at the Vail Film Festival and was named the best adventure film at the event. Outside Magazine proclaimed that “(t)he toughest bike race in the world is not in France,” after reviewing the film.

Ride The Divide will be shown at 9 p.m. at the Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. at 11197 Brockway Road in Truckee. Tickets are $10 at the door and can be reserved in advance at Fifty Fifty. State law requires that viewers must be 21 years of age to attend. For more information on the film, go to www.ridethedividemovie.com.

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3 thoughts on “Ride The Divide Movie comes to Truckee

  1. The film Ride the Divide covers the inaugural 2008 edition of the Tour Divide Race (Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico). Matthew Lee who finished first in this race had previously competed in four editions of the Great Divide Race (US/Canada border to US/Mexico border, 2,493 miles). In his four Great Divide Races Matthew had 2 first place finishes (2005 & 2006), 1 second place finish (2007) and a fourth place finish (2004) in his first race. Matthew has competed in the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Tour Divide Race, finishing first in both races. (http://tourdivide.org/)
    In July 2007 I participated in an Adventure Cycling self supported mountain bike ride (panniers and BOB trailers) that covered the Canadian portion of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (Banff, Alberta to Roosville, Montana – 215 miles). Matthew Lee was one of the ride leaders for Adventure Cycling and he participated in the ride after having just finished the Tour Divide Race. We rode at rather leisurely pace of 40 miles a day covering in 5 days the distance Matthew covered in his first day of the Tour Divide Race.
    After finishing the Canadian portion of the ride with Adventure Cycling I rode for an additional 4 weeks covering a distance of 800+ miles. I had planned on finishing the entire GDMBR but after 3 weeks of record daytime temperatures (mid 90s) in Montana I had reached my limit and ended the ride in Jackson, Wyoming.

  2. Jeff,

    Nice post about the Divide movie. As someone who’s seen it, I would encourage anyone who is into mt biking to pony up the $10 and go watch it.

    If you are interested in seeing a first-hand perspective on the 2010 race, I just posted a video about my ride at: http://teamkaker.com/tour-divide-2010-movie-gear/

    I promise not to spoil anything about the real Divide movie 😉

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