The Hardest Race on Earth: Racing the Tour Divide (Film)
In June, Jack Keogh took on the adventure of a lifetime and rode in the Tour Divide from Banff, Alberta, Canada, to the US/Mexico border in New Mexico. His latest film, “The Hardest Race on Earth,” is a tribute to the race and the indomitable courage that fuels us to face such extraordinary challenges. Watch it here…
Words and film by Jack Keogh
Taking on the formidable challenge of riding the Tour Divide this year was far more epic than I could have imagined. Battling the rugged terrain, unpredictable weather, and a relentless inner drive to keep on going, I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. As I documented my experiences along the way, capturing the raw emotions, the breathtaking vistas, and unwavering determination. My film, titled The Hardest Race on Earth, became a tribute to not only the race itself but also to the indomitable courage that fuels us to face such extraordinary challenges.
“They are plenty more routes out there. Plenty more adventures to be had. This is just one of them, but it’s a damn big one!”
The Hardest Race on Earth encapsulates the essence of the Tour Divide, showcasing the physical and mental extremes that riders endure in pursuit of personal triumph. The film delves into the solitude of the trail, the moments of doubt and fulfilment, and the introspection that comes from pushing beyond one’s perceived limits. Through my lens, the audience can feel the chilling cold, the burning sun, the moments of exhaustion, and the euphoria of crossing the finish line.
Beyond the sheer physicality, the film also highlights the incredible landscapes the Tour Divide traverses, from lush forests to arid deserts, painting a vivid picture of the diverse and unforgiving terrains that define this race. The Hardest Race on Earth isn’t just about cycling; it’s about the pursuit of taking on big challenges, inspiring both riders and viewers alike to embrace adversity and emerge stronger on the other side.
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