Distributed by Arctic Glass Press, www.arcticglasspress.com
Editor: Diana Miller
Cover Design: Jill Homer
Interior Design: Jill Homer
Cover, top: Jill Homer collects herself after crashing her mountain bike in the Marin Headlands, California. Self portrait by Jill Homer.
Cover, bottom: The “last tree in a hundred miles” stands in Great Divide Basin near Atlantic City, Wyoming. Photo by Jill Homer.
This is a work of narrative nonfiction. Dialogue and events herein have been recounted to the best of the author’s memory.
Riding the Spine of the Rocky Mountains
Each year on the second Friday in June, several dozen mountain bikers from around the world set out to challenge speed records on the world’s longest off-pavement cycling route, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Scouted and mapped by Adventure Cycling Association in 1998, the unmarked route features gravel roads, dirt tracks and jeep trails that follow the contours of the Continental Divide.