At age 57, 98-pound Grace Ragland entered the Tour Divide in 2018 in what proved to be the defining adventure of her life, but not for the reasons most might think, according to Kris Wheeler, the film’s director. “Grace was racing against both time and disease,” Wheeler said. “The Tour Divide offered her a shot at fixing something from her past. She’d lost the most important thing in her life and that ride gave her a final chance to save it.”
Wheeler explained that he titled the documentary Grace & The Great Divide for reasons that go beyond the obvious. “It’s certainly not your typical cycling adventure film,” he added. Grace lived with multiple sclerosis for more than 40 years. She died from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2020. Shortly before her passing, she published, Divide By One: A Memoir, co-written with her friend, Steve Justice. Wheeler licensed the film rights to the book and Grace’s life story.
If you knew Grace Ragland, you know her story deserves to be told. If you didn’t, that’s all the more reason why this film needs to be completed. To help ensure that happens, make a pledge here. There are multiple rewards, including Salsa Bikepacking Bags, a getaway at Mulberry Gap, and several T-shirts. In addition to the crowdfunding campaign, you can follow the film’s progress at: facebook.com/GraceGreatDivide.
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