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Against the Wind: A Rider's Account of the Incredible Iron Butt Rally Paperback – Aug 29 1997
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About the Author
Ron Ayres is a nationally recognized motorcycle endurance rider who has completed numerous endurance competitions, including two Iron Butt rallies. His first book, Against the Wind, chronicles his participation in the 1995 Iron Butt Rally, which he finished in sixth place after riding more than 12,000 miles in eleven days. Against the Wind has been widely acclaimed among motorcyclists and non-riders alike and is now in its third printing.
In 1998, Ron shattered a Guinness World Record when he visited all 48 contiguous states by motorcycle in just six days. After completing his 48-state journey in Washington, he continued to Hyder, Alaska, and set a record as the first motorcyclist to visit all 49 North American states in seven days.
In 1999, Ron and his wife Barbara relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa. Ron is Chief Executive Officer of EDS Africa, a global firm which provides information technology services to companies in sub-Saharan Africa. Ron continues his motorcycle adventures in Africa. In March 2000, he and South African rider Shaun Powell will lead a group of experienced motorcyclists on an "8 Flags" ride through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Customer Reviews
Against the Wind author Ron Ayres, who etched an entry in the Guinness Book for most miles ridden in X days (at the tender age of 55 no less) and who led the panel of IBR contestants, acted as though he had seen God and lived to tell the tale. Yet he was short winded on endurance riding tactics.
Others dispensed these pearls of wisdom: get comfy; sing in helmet; play math games; run around bike at gas ups; stand on pegs, stick face in wind; dream of next steak; suck fireballs.
Held on every odd year, the IBR ought to be classified as an extreme sport. This race makes ESPN's X-Games look like Bambi Goes Hollywood. These crazies crisscross the U.S.A. twice, collecting points by hanging a pink towel at designated side road attractions, taking a Polaroid for proof, catching a catnap on the auxiliary tank before remounting again at 3:23 a.m.
The insomniac who can ride 1,000 miles per day on maximum sleep deprivation and minimal state trooper interference, boldly avoiding bodily harm while hallucinating at 100 mpg, wins a $13 trophy.
Nearly half the field drops out. Dehydration is common; misjudgments more so. Yet the thrill of completing the world's toughest endurance race is said to change one's life permanently, providing one still has a life to change.
As a read, Against the Wind is a page-turning adventure that constantly begs the question, "how?" Evidently there are vast reserves of kidney juice in storage waiting for just such a feat.Read more ›
This book is a MUST read for anyone interested in nuturing their Walter Mitty streak buried beneath years of family responsibilities and too many hours spent listening to NPR rather than living the Dream.
The author's writing style is so refreshingly clear and embracing, readers will feel they are riding along behind Ron Ayres on his BWM motorcycle as he races from checkpoint to checkpoint, and covers 12,000 miles in 11 days around the country.
This book is not so much about motorcycles and those who ride them as it is about each of us striving to achieve our personal "best". In the Iron Butt Rally, participants of both sexes, from their 20's to their 70's, holders of "day jobs" ranging from grandmothers and corporate VP's to shopkeepers and computer geeks race against the same two clocks we all face every day --the external one ticking away at our respective "checkpoints" (at the office, school, or home) and the internal one that tells us how much stamina we have left before throwing in the towel.
Some of the BEST writing I have ever read.
If you're over 50, and haven't read this, you will have missed something. Even if you're not, it makes a terrific gift for those of us who are!
This book is much more entertaining if one knows the players involved; for someone outside the endurance riding community, it may be a fairly dull read. Ayres has written at least one other book, but my advice is this: Ron, keep your butt in the saddle and away from the word processor.
Most recent customer reviews
Fantastic in depth log of Ron Ayres 1995 Iron Butt Rally.Many stories of his experiences and of many of his fellow riders. Read morePublished on June 10 2011 by Dougie
Having ridden three Iron Butt rallies myself, I find that this is THE BOOK to describe this unique sport to others. It gives the reader an insight into the challenge of the ride. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2003
I, as an Harley Davidson enthusiast from Istanbul Chapter in Turkey, found Ron Ayres book very inspiring. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2000 by Taner Celik
Ayres carries the reader along on an extraordinary adventure. Wonderfully capturing the sense of freedom, perseverance, danger, and courage, this book inspires readers to overcome... Read morePublished on April 28 1999
This book could have been inspired by "Songs of Innocence", "Songs of Experience". Read morePublished on Nov. 21 1998
Ron is a consummate gentleman who has, without any bravado or macho BS, brought to life the trials and tribulations of a rider competing in the Iron Butt motorcycle rally. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 1998 by email@example.com