Ride the Divide
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My wife texted me to tell me about a movie her father had called in giddy pallor to tell her about, indicating that we would really like it. He had watched it on the Documentary Channel and couldn't stop thinking about it.
I got online and found that they had two copies at the public library, so I stopped on my way home and checked it out.
It took us a couple of nights to find the time to sit through it but we were both amazed and thought it was a fine specimen of a cycling film. The soundtrack is stunning and works seamlessly with the rest of the film.
The human story revealed is not as heart wrenching as that displayed in RATS 2010, but you get caught up in the trials of the racers. And toward the end as Matthew Lee races for the border you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat. You know he's going to make it, but you begin straining forward, reaching into the future to grasp the finish with both hands.
The first thing I said about the film to my wife was, "I want to do the Tour Divide!"
She suggested in a couple of years that we should both do it. I was struck dumb. My wife is not an avid mountain biker. In fact, she gave her mountain bike away a few months ago.
The music played constantly in my head from that day forward and I kept seeing the striking scenes of mountain bikes racing past the camera along dirt roads and trails with the awe-inspiring scenery of the Rocky Mountains splashed behind as the background. I started jonesing for a mountain bike.Read more ›
Unfortunately the bulk of the film (80%) plays out like bad reality TV. Too much whining: about hills, and snow, and bears, in the middle of nowhere, without email, and no one to talk to, I wanna go home! Too many scenes wasted on people talking on cell phones. Why?
I think this is a story that is still waiting to be filmed. Right now, Jill Homer's blog offers the best panorama of the Great Divide.
The sound track is extremely well down too. Very suiting to the shots and really adds to the environment.
Really well done, loved it!
While I agree with some of the reviewers that Mary bitched and complained perhaps more than others, she was just being herself. That is the human condition. Who cares? In the end, this event reveals one's true character and we all have our flaws and strengths - adversity exposes attitude. Even though Mary seemed somewhat negative at times, in my opinion, she made the biggest comeback in my eyes... good for her - I respect her for it. Well done, Mary!
Matthew Lee was a self-aware machine; well-suited for riding for long, isolated periods. He didn't seem to get flustered at all - he was calm, cool and appeared laid back like a Zen Master; whereas almost all of the others seem to cling to anyone else (speed up; slow down, etc.) to avoid that isolation - either consciously or unconsciously. His interviews and interactions really showed me what the race is about (a positive mental attitude) and revealed just how important previous experience is! (I heard he took 30+ days to complete the race his first time; then came back to win it the next few times in 17-18 days)! Neat to hear his wife was pregnant and due just after the race; I wonder how that has changed his perspective now? As someone who comes across so introspective, this would be good fodder for a follow-up project - perhaps an annual recording of the event?Read more ›
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I have seen this a couple times and it will get your stoke going. It makes you want to jump on your bike and head off across country, or maybe I am just sick like that...Published 15 days ago by Tim Cahhal
Great overview of an amazing route. As a road racer all of my life, this changed the way I think about the bike.Published 2 months ago by Eric E. Collander