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Ride the Divide

June 2, 2010

Imagine the Tour de France without pavement, or team mechanics, or rest days, or hotels, or prepared meals, or million dollar endorsements, or blood doping.  It’s how the Tour de France was 100 years ago, and it’s how the Tour Divide is today.

The Tour Divide is a self-supported mountain bike race that is run annually down the spine of the Pacific Continental Divide from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, NM.

Simply riding the 2700 mile route sounds almost superhuman, much less racing it.  Matt Lee is known to most cyclists in Chapel Hill as the organizer of our monthly cruiser rides, but he’s also the reigning champion of this absurdly brutal race.

Someone has finally made a long overdue film about this incredible race and it’ll be showing at the Century Center in downtown Carrboro tomorrow night at 7:30.  $5 at the door.

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