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Dividing the Great [Kindle Edition]

John Metcalfe
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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An hilarious account of a couple of wannabe mountain bikers as they race from Canada to Mexico.

'Occasionally I get a book that I can’t put down or in this case, to be more precise my Kindle e book! This is one of those books you are drawn through the pages wondering what will happen next…it’s written in a light-hearted style which makes it very entertaining to read – however – this often tends to mask the extreme nature of this trip. This is not a weekend in Scotland or even a trip to the Alps. The ride tackles the extremes of riding above 10,000ft for prolonged periods, camping in the wild with bears for company and make shift repairs on the hoof. John is an extremely skilful story teller and while the language is a bit rich at times, he manages to construct a tale encompassing the social and political history with the geography of the regions as they proceed from day to day. The quietly festering alpha male rivalry with JK runs through the story but thankfully they still seem to be friends. Frankly, I can’t think of many people I would want to spend so much time with particularly with the close and intimate confines of a shared tent! Buy it now if you have the technology – you won’t be disappointed!' – THE JOURNAL OF CYCLE COACHING

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 548 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478249331
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005U0OHTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Metcalfe is a writer and academic based in the UK. He first started writing for magazines in the nineties and his work has appeared in Dirt, MBR, Australian Mountain Bike, MBI, On The Hill and Singletrack.

His first book Mountain Bike Fitness Training was published in 2001 by Mainstream Publishing and received wide acclaim. His second book Dividing the Great saw John venture into travel writing and it quickly became no.1 Kindle bestseller in American travel.

Articles from his Ph.D. have appeared in several academic journals and his philosophical musings have been published as chapters in academic books.

His debut novel Praesagium follows three strangers who are preoccupied with their own futures. But when their paths cross in Mexico none of them had foreseen the outcome...

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read........ 22 May 2013
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I get the feeling that these guys are a little fitter than they let on, however an unrivalled perchant for s***e food and a good adventure makes you think "I could do that".

Could I?..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read 5 Mar 2014
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Enjoyed this book - not a cyclist myself but well- written and felt as though I'd been on the journey myself - excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 12 Feb 2014
By ed
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Really enjoyed this book, an upbeat and humorous account of the authors ride along the great divide, recommended reading for any cyclist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 30 Aug 2013
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A thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish. Written in such an interesting and informative way, this once in a lifetime adventure is explained brilliantly by the author. Fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired 17 Aug 2013
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As a cyclist I thoroughly enjoyed this read, I would liken the writing style to Bill Bryson and recommend it to all cyclists,adventurers and day dreamers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good travel writing book 16 Aug 2013
By M.hill
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Enjoyed the book. A good travel writing book. Found quick and easy to read and get into. Felt like the book gave a good day to day account of their journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read !! 8 Aug 2013
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I loved this book – it was right up my street. Not the best written book ever but thoroughly entertaining, informative and very readable. I enjoyed the relationship between the two characters, the mistakes that they made and the sheer “for the hell of it” mentality. It the sort of journey any cyclist could do and that is why you remain glued to the last page.

Buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIDE THE DIVIDE 30 July 2013
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Awesome read,seen the movie but the tales of John Metcalfe bring home the intensity and mental energy required for this epic voyage of self discovery and perciverence
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Well written and well paced
Published 1 month ago by Kedlestonia
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was never monotonous, the author taking you into the adventures and happenings beyond the epic trail. Brysonesque at times!
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Craik
4.0 out of 5 stars Two friends, Great Divide, heatwave, hardtails
Enjoyable, readable account of two friends riding the Great Divide. Worth reading this along with Be Brave, Be Strong by Jill Homer for two very different perspectives: Jill - solo... Read more
Published 2 months ago by wyattweb
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Entertaining read, particularly when cheaply priced for the kindle.
Published 2 months ago by M. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This book is an ideal read for anyone into cycling and who loves a good adventure, great writing by the author
Published 3 months ago by Keith Whittaker
4.0 out of 5 stars slow start but ultimately satisfying
It's always amazing to relive the highs and lows of any endurance event and the continental divide certainly qualifies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read
You can tell if an account of an epic adventure is any good based on your own subsequent feelings toward that adventure. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Good account of a great journey
The book was well pitched, it was both informative and enjoyable to read. Wish me luck for my journey! Que Dios esté conmigo!
Published 8 months ago by IDodger
4.0 out of 5 stars Laid back style
I like the guys style of writing. Bits of humour, bits of information about places on the route and just the right amounts of each. Very enjoyable
Published 9 months ago by MR J D B BEEDLES
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous
Got this as preparation for my own partial attempt on the Divide. Years later the descriptions have not changed and the funny insights in to life on the Divide ride proved... Read more
Published 10 months ago by d du boulay
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