I watched a great documentary last night called “Ride the Divide.” The movie followed a handful of participants as they they attempted the world’s toughest race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.
It was a great reminder that no matter how crazy you think you are, there will always be people out there who are ten times crazier. Next time someone makes a “crazy” comment about training for a race that will take me 16 hours to complete (fingers crossed!), I’ll think of the Great Divide Mountain Bike race and be thankful that at least the Ironman won’t take me 2700 miles and three weeks to complete. Suddenly 140.6 doesn’t sound so bad.
That’s actually what I love about extreme endurance sports, there really are no limits when someone puts their mind to something. The participants featured in the movie weren’t money-driven elite athletes. They were normal folks with a passion for riding. They funded their own way, were there own support, and went at their own pace. Even better was their determination to finish. Mary, the race’s first female competitor, was sidelined due to injury a couple of times, but managed to hop back on the bike each time. She finished 9 days behind the lead competitor with tears in her eyes and a huge smile on her face. Heck, I was tearing up with her!
Photo credit: Stephen Gleasner
Though I have no desire at all the take on that race myself, the participants were truly inspiring. I would recommend the film to any cyclist who needs a little inspiration.
Have you seen “Ride the Divide”? What did you think? Are there any other documentaries out there that have inspired you recently?
*side note: “Ride the Divide” did not compensate me for this post, nor do they even know who the heck I am. I simply found the video on Netflix Instant Play (per the recommendation of a fellow XP teammate) and was so inspired by the movie that I had to share!