Friday, October 13, 2017

Ride The Divide: Canada to Mexico by Bicycle

Several years ago, I watched a well-made 2008 documentary titled "Ride the Divide." It's about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2,700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains -- from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border (click here to watch the trailer). If you're a bike enthusiast, I strongly recommend that you buy a DVD of this documentary, directed by Hunter Weeks (who also directed another awesome documentary titled 10MPH). In "Ride the Divide," Matthew Lee -- five time winner of the race -- is one tough cyclist and I relate with his appreciation of enjoying solo endurance pursuits.

Recently, I watched 44 videos on YouTube from a 2017 "Ride The Divide Challenge" taken on by three guys. I really enjoyed seeing the emotions, the scenery, and the insights from the riders. It took 43 days for the ride to wrap up at the Mexico border. I encourage you to visit their YouTube channel and watch the videos. Here's how they describe their fundraising ride: "This 6-week event is not just a physical challenge, but one in which we are challenging ourselves to see what kind of difference ordinary people like us can make when we come together to accomplish an extraordinary goal. Our hope is to build MANNA Worldwide’s first orphanage in the Philippines, fund family homes in Ukraine, and support feeding children right here in America through MANNA’s backpack program." Their ride raised $270,000 and far surpassed what they expected.

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso