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ISBN-13: 978-1884313196 ISBN-10: 1884313191

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". . .the book is so filled with anecdotes and revealing reflections on what draws Ayres and motorcyclists like him to endurance riding that readers may have a hard time putting it down.  There is a passage near the end of the book where Ayres reaches the top of a mountain pass in the middle of the night and pulls over to wonder at the starry panorama before him.  I think any kind of motorcyclist doing any kind of riding can relate to those kind of singular moments which make all the heat, the cold, and the special risks of motorcycling worth it." - Ron Davis, BMW Owners News

About the Author

Ron Ayres is a nationally recognized motorcycle endurance rider who has completed numerous endurance competitions, including two Iron Butt rallies. His first book, Against the Wind, chronicles his participation in the 1995 Iron Butt Rally, which he finished in sixth place after riding more than 12,000 miles in eleven days. Against the Wind has been widely acclaimed among motorcyclists and non-riders alike and is now in its third printing.

In 1998, Ron shattered a Guinness World Record when he visited all 48 contiguous states by motorcycle in just six days. After completing his 48-state journey in Washington, he continued to Hyder, Alaska, and set a record as the first motorcyclist to visit all 49 North American states in seven days.

In 1999, Ron and his wife Barbara relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa. Ron is Chief Executive Officer of EDS Africa, a global firm which provides information technology services to companies in sub-Saharan Africa. Ron continues his motorcycle adventures in Africa. In March 2000, he and South African rider Shaun Powell will lead a group of experienced motorcyclists on an "8 Flags" ride through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique. His e-mail address is ron@ronayres.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Incredible Journeys Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Press (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884313191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884313196
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Isselhardt on March 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ayers' first book, Against the Wind, is a thoughtful, well written travelogue that provides readers with fascinating insights into long-distance motorcycling--and one man's psyche. Against the Clock is none of that. This is a superfical hour-by-hour laundry list of what happened. During hour 456 deer number 38 crossed the road in front of me. On hour 675 I stopped for gas. This sort of prose is not just lacking in description, but totally uninteresting! Ron, it is the story behind the story that carries the narrative. This could have been a great book, but falls far short of that goal.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
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As good as Ron is at setting motorcycle endurance records, he is in a class by himself when it comes to successfully engaging the reader's interest in his travels and experiences on the road. Note to Peter Matthiessen, "Watch out!"
This is a great read for enthusiasts and arm chair endurance riders alike. I highly recommend "Against the Clock".
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2000
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Not of the same caliber "Against the wind" was (5 star !). I think the author goes out of his way to thank the long distance riding community but it just isn't that great of a read.
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By poker player on September 25, 2011
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I have now read all of Mr. Ayers books. He got me started in the madness and I am now an Iron Butt Member. I have yet to meet him, but this book is inspiring to say the least. It fully captures the essence of LD riding and its ups and downs. Ayers is a master rider and it clearly shows in his sharing his experience with all of us and his humility in his triumph. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in this type of hobby. Many of the names will be familiar to anyone associated with the IBA.
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By MJ on October 7, 2009
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I have all of Ron's books. His first (Against the Wind) is the apex of the lot but "Against the Clock" is engaging and entertaining; worth the cost of entry. I followed Ron's exploits as he was doing the ride; reading reports from his "home base" (family) as well as those who met him at stops along the way (some of their photos are included in this book). While reading this book the shouts of, "Go, Ron. GO!!!", ring in my head as they did while the ride was taking place.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Ron Ayres description of his motorcycle ride touching the lower 48 states in 6 days breaking a record, and then becomming the first to officially record the additional trip to AL, covering all 49 N. American U.S. states in 7 days. Although some reviewers don't like the format Ron uses, I found it both an interesting read, hard to put down, as well as a journal account of an amazing endurance ride.
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