For a man who has ridden the entire Tour de France route on the morning of the race itself, riding a small mountain bike race far removed from cycling s European heartland should hold no fear. But, although there may only be a dozen or so participants, this isn t just any mountain bike race. This is the Tour Divide. Running from Banff in Canada to the Mexican border, the Tour Divide is, at more than 2,700 miles, the longest mountain bike race in the world. Not only is it 500 miles further than the Tour de France, its route along the continental divide goes through the heart of the Rocky Mountains and involves more than 200,000 feet of ascent the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest seven times. Undaunted, Howard swaps the smooth tarmac roads of France for the mud, snow and ice of the Tour Divide. Instead of fending off attacks from Lance Armstrong, he has to deal with grizzly bears, mountain lions and moose, while millions of buzzing roadside fans are replaced by millions of buzzing mosquitoes. Two Wheels on my Wagon is the inspirational and often hilarious account of Howard s remarkable journey.
Paul Howard's first book, Riding High, was shortlisted for the National Sporting Club's Best New Sports Writer prize, while his account of Jacques Anquetil's life, Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape, was shortlisted in the Biography of the Year category at the British Sports Book Awards.