2,750 miles along the Spine of the Continent. From Canada to Mexico! Punishing
hills. Suffering heat. Exhilarating views. A chance to challenge
myself and maybe even catch a glimpse of wolves and grizzlies.
My name is
Nat Cobb, and I’m a WildEarth Guardians board member.and I’m taking on the
challenge of a lifetime and I’d love
your help every step of the way.
A few weekends
ago I found myself in a dusty 7-11 in San Ysidro, California halfway through a
50-mile mountain bike ride. My nutritionist asked me to practice imagining that
I was in the middle of a weeks-long adventure race—somewhere around mile 1,375—without
any food and with another day of hard riding before the next store.
I put on
my reading glasses to look at the labels while asking myself important
questions like: Where is the protein? Where are the carbs? Would I eat this
food? Ding dongs—no. Muscle milk—yes! After ignoring the dubious rotating burritos,
my clean food list included mixed nuts, fig newtons, dried fruit, modern energy
bars and a few cans of chili.
On June 13,
2014, I will begin the race of a lifetime: the Tour Divide, a 2,750 mile mountain
bike route along the Continental Divide from Banff in Alberta Canada all the
way south to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. There is no prize money and no corporate
I am riding for
three things—the amazing experience, the personal challenge, and the wolves.
the beautiful wild lands along the Rockies, my route will take me through many
areas that WildEarth Guardians has worked for 25 years to preserve and protect.
I am going to raise $25,000 for wolves and Guardians work to protect and
restore them wherever they once roamed.
I am pledging $1
per mile and already have additional pledges totaling over $6,000. Now I need
you support me with a tax-deductible donation of .10, .25, or .50 a mile? The wolves and I will be forever grateful.
Your generous support of my ride will help Guardians advance the
movement to protect the American West I love—one where wildlife thrives, wild
places remain, and wild rivers flow. If you can’t sponsor me per mile, please
consider a one-time gift of $30, $50, $100, or sign up to be a WildEarth
Guardians’ monthly donor for $10 a month.
I look forward to keeping you updated about my adventure. I'll be on the road, so please
feel free to send any questions to Guardians' Development Associate Stephanie Sample in the meantime.