Update: James in Austin wins, in spite of my misspelling of Gubish’s name. Watch for more book giveaways in the coming days.
My first book giveaway of 2013 is Amy Snyder’s Hell On Two Wheels, which chronicles the author’s trip across the United States with the solo leaders of the 2009 Race Across America (RAAM).
I’ve met Snyder in person. She’s an intense person with a passion for fitness and competition who thought she knew what pushing herself to the limits is all about. Her ride along in a RAAM support vehicle watching these ultra-athletes as they pushed themselves far beyond those limits, however, clearly changed her life, and she wrote this book to help get more exposure to this elite group of individuals who spend their own cash and race 3,000 miles across the country with little in the way of fanfare, sponsorship, advertising, marketing, or media exposure.
This book can be yours for free, but first a trivia question: Who is Richard
Gurbish Gubish, and why did he win a gold star from cyclists everywhere in April 2012?
Correctly answer that question and leave a comment and I’ll ship Hell On Two Wheels to you. Free shipping to USA destinations. If you need help answering the trivia question, I reported on
Gurbish Gubish’s deeds last April. I’ll accommodate international winners only if you pre-pay shipping via PayPal. Leave your email address in the comment form so I can get in touch with you.
(With apologies for the earlier misspelling, which our winner James caught and noted in his winning entry.)
If you don’t win the book, it’s still worth a read. Snyder’s pop psychology is simplistic, but then I’m married to a mental health professional, so perhaps I’m just a little pretentious about it.
Update: Amy points out that when when you’re out there on a bike for several days in a row with little sleep, “things get very, very simplistic.” Good point.
In a race where there can literally be days between contenders, we saw real drama in the 2009 race with just minutes between the two leading contenders, Jure Robic (who was killed by a car while training in his native Slovenia 2010) and Swiss road cyclist Danilo Wyss.
Watch for another book giveaway tomorrow.