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Summary

The Tour Divide, a 2,725-mile mountain bike race along the Continental Divide from Banff, Alberta, Canada, to the Mexican border crossing at Antelope Wells, New Mexico, demanded will-breaking efforts day after day, but the race also returned brief moments of euphoria. Most of the time the race felt impossible, and I loved it!  

Just Ride is an adventure story of the 2018 Tour Divide. The book details the resilience and amazing adaptability of the human body and mind, and it gives a realistic and often raw account of the physical and mental toll required to finish the race in less than 17 days. The route, the conditions, the gear, the strategy, the training, the mental struggles, the embarrassing moments, and the physical battle are all described throughout a story that offers a genuine look into what was experienced and felt throughout the ultimate test of mountain bike endurance.  

In addition, Just Ride summarizes data that was collected before, during, and following the race. The huge amount of collected data tell a story of how the body broke down and how it remarkably adapted to the 2,725-mile ordeal. The book also details how the mind was central to creating and breaking down the barriers that impeded progress each day.

©2019 J. Ty Hopkins (P)2019 Tantor

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I listened to Ty's story over two or three weeks

It has inspired me to go back and finish what I missed!

The pace of the book was perfect. His skills in relating back to experience and science was very interesting.

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  • Rob
  • 24-12-19

Great Read

What an amazing story. Congrats Ty on completing the race. I followed you all along the way.

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  • Pauline
  • 24-04-21

Motivation plus

What an inspiration to hear about Ty's achievements. It helped me get into a mindset that will aid me with difficulties both athletic and non athletic related. I loved the technical notes and also the ways to avoid negativity at the end of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-21

A must read for anyone doing ultra endurance events

Just Ride is an inspiring book to read/listen to for anyone doing ultra endurance events and especially for anyone who is planning on riding the Tour Divide. Loved it from start to finish.

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  • Mom and Auntie Angel
  • 05-03-20

Definitely gives you a feel for the GDMBR

It was interesting for the really hardcore bike or fitness enthusiast. Glad I read it, however pace of writing seemed slow at times. A lot of introductory sports medicine discussion around body changes and adaptation to ultra endurance events.

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  • Aaron B Hoffman
  • 30-01-20

Super motivating

Narrator is better than most. Great listen to work and has great examples of pushing past your pain.