AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM SELECTS GRAND RAPIDS AS MIDWEST MID-WINTER TOUR STOP

Grand Rapids, Mich., January 12, 2011 – Ride The Divide, an award-winning feature-length documentary about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, will continue its Midwest mid-winter tour in Grand Rapids on Thursday, January 27 at the Wealthy Theatre starting at 7:00 PM. 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.

 

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 “The toughest bike race in the world is not in France,” after reviewing the film.

 

Ride The Divide will be shown at 7 PM at the Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI). Tickets are $15 at the door, and $10 in advance at http://www.grcmc.org/tickets/Ride_the_Divide .

 

The event, sponsored by Village Bike Shop of Grand Rapids, is a benefit for the Michigan Mountain Biking Association.

 

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 Mountains.

 

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About the Ride the Divide:

For more information or to view a movie trailer, please visit www.ridethedividemovie.com

 

About the West Michigan Sports Commission:

 

The mission of the West Michigan Sports Commission is to promote Michigan’s West Coast as the premier venue for hosting a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events, enhancing the economy and quality of life in the region.

 

 

Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission:

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Eric Engelbarts, II

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