Paul Howard, sports writer from London, becomes fascinated with the Tour Divide - mountain bike race from Canada to New Mexico - a few thousand miles of unsupported riding. Quite the long distance racing adventure, no?
Oh yeah, Mr. Howard signed on with no mountain biking experience. Six months later, finds himself in Canada at the start line. Gotta dig that kind of go for it attitude.
Most riding/adventure books in this format get old quick. "We rode, ate, then slept". Lather, rinse, repeat. Not this book. With his witty and interesting view on the United States, from a Englishman's perspective, made for some fun reading. Being a mountain biker to appreciate the stories helps, but is not required.
Anyone with a taste for adventure would enjoy this book. The Tour Divide sounds like an amazing event. Experience it via some well written words and view from basically a mountain bike beginner. Does he succeed? Read and find out.