Ride the Divide

special screening of award-winning biking documentary

Betty Nikia

This award-winning documentary involved a lot of sweating.
This award-winning documentary involved a lot of sweating.

On March 8, Ride The Divide, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, will be screened at the Micon Cinemas in Chippewa Falls. Ride The Divide made its television premiere in September on the Documentary Channel and was named the best adventure film at the 2010 Vail Film Festival. The event will be a fundraiser for the Chippewa Off-Road Bike Association. The film, quickly becoming a cycling classic, chronicles the story of several mountain bikers who attempt the 2,711-mile Tour Divide race along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film spotlights the stories of three racers who attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada, to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border. Mike, a 40-year-old family man, uses this challenge to chart a new course in life; Matthew, a leader in extreme endurance racing, competes for his fifth time; and Mary becomes the first female to race this route. They attempt what very few have accomplished. Over the course of a few weeks, they struggle to climb over 200,000 vertical feet along the backbone of the Rocky Mountains. They experience mental breakdowns, treacherous snow, hellacious blisters, and total fatigue. Above all, they race with no support – at times in total isolation. Don’t miss this movie. It is one night only, so mark your calendars.

Ride the Divide • March 8 • Micon Cinemas, 475 Chippewa Mall Dr., Chippewa Falls • 7pm • $15 at door, $10 advance • 720-2291 • MiconCinemas.com 

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