- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Mountaineers Books (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898866987
- ISBN-13: 978-0898866988
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on America's Premier Long Distance Mountain Bike Route Paperback – June 1, 2000
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As McCoy notes in his well-written and informative introduction, this isn't an easy trek. Uneven terrain, adverse weather conditions, and a lack of water and essential services are often the norm.
As I found, having the book on hand better enabled me to plan ahead. For instance, my discovering that the climb over Indiana Pass would be long and difficult prompted me to begin my cycling day early, which in retrospect was fortuitious in that had I dilly-dallied, I would would have been caught in a late-afternoon snow-storm.
One the book's many strengths is that it includes a much-needed daily route synopsis. Though I am directionally challenged, I did not miss a single turn, not even in New Mexico, where many of the roads and trail heads are unmarked.
Sightseeing, points-of-interest, and photos have been included. I was often glad of this -- as I remarked to some onlookers, if McCoy hadn't pointed these things out to me, my trip would have been more of a slog than it was. For instance, if he hadn't mentioned that the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad passes through southern New Mexico, I would have missed it.
The historical information is also a plus in that it will appeal to both tenters and armchair readers. There was many an evening when (because the sun set early) I was glad I had this book on hand.
The material in this book also complements the Adventure Cycling maps. In retrospect, my trip was without incident, in part because I had both on hand.
It is definitely well worth the money to buy for planning and for using on the trail.
This book does not include any info on the Canada portion.
With some help from this book I only needed 40 days to plan everything.
Note: This was my first bicycle tour and I did it solo, self supported.
The only thing I would suggest be changed, are a little more detailed description of alternate routes, but maybe those are easier to "see" once out on the trail.
Good read. Good information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read before the ride. great for making notes. I rode south to north and this helped me with the Maps from adventure cycling.Published 9 months ago by eadidas
Greatest book ever. Took along on the trail and was very informative and helpful.Published 21 months ago by Deb Schultz
Seem a little dated but the information it contains i feel is still relevant and worth the spend and it not all about racing the Great DividePublished on February 14, 2014 by Richard
If you want to do the divide this book is what you want. Gives you a great outlook on the ride and precise directions down to the tenth of the mile. [...]Published on February 22, 2013 by Greg Goodman
This looks like an excellent book to get a really good idea of what this great adventure entails. I will take it with me when I undertake this adventure. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Dave
Reading this book has rekindled my interest in doing the Great Divide. It's informative and I like the maps - they give a different, more condensed view. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by G. Snapp