Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ride the Divide Esquire March 28th Cincinnati


Ride The Divide, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the world’s toughest
mountain bike race, will premiere in Cincinnati on Monday, March 28 at the Esquire Theatre in
Clifton. The screening is a fundraiser for the Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance mountain bike club.

The film chronicles the story of several mountain bikers who attempt the 2,711-mile race named
the Tour Divide along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The movie was named
the best adventure film at the 2010 Vail Film Festival.

This film has become an instant cycling classic, and made its television premiere in September
on the Documentary Channel. But the Adventure Cycling Association said the film should be
seen on the big screen: “The cinematography is stunning!” Added UpaDowna, “Ride The Divide
is one of the most inspiring real cycling movies … in a long time.” Epic Riding summed the
movie up as follows: “In a word? Fantastic. In more words? Moving, funny, inspiring.”

Ride The Divide embraces the inspiring stories of three of the racers who experience the
immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada,
to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border. There’s Mike, a 40-year-old family man who
uses this challenge to chart a new course in life; Matthew, a leader in extreme endurance racing
who’s competing for his fifth time; and Mary, the first female rider to race this route. As they
set out, they will attempt to accomplish what very few have been able to. Over the course of a
few weeks, they’ll attempt to climb over 200,000 vertical feet along the backbone of the Rocky

They’ll experience mental breakdowns, treacherous snow, hellacious blisters, and total fatigue.
Above all, they’ll race with no support – at times in total isolation. The tests of endurance and
the accomplished moments throughout Ride the Divide prompt us to reflect on our inner desires
to live life to the fullest.

Ride The Divide made its debut at the Vail Film Festival and was named the best adventure film
at the event. Outside Magazine proclaimed that “(t)he toughest bike race in the world is not in
France,” after reviewing the film.

Ride The Divide will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Esquire Theatre, located at 320 Ludlow Ave.
in Clifton. Tickets are $15 at the door, and $10 in advance at
RideTheDividemovie. This event is sponsored by Bio Wheels, Cycle Sport & Tri, and Trek Store
of Cincinnati.

Media contact: Garry Harrington 603-209-5010

Oh and I'll be doing the Q&A afterward.

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