French Revolutions

French Revolutions

Cycling the Tour De France

Book - 2014
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Seduced by the speed and glamour of the biggest annual sporting event in the world, and determined to tackle the most fearsome physical challenge outside classical mythology, Moore, the ultimate amateur, attempts to complete all 3,630km of the 2000 Tour in the weeks before the professionals set off.
     Battling it out with the old men on butchers' bikes across the plains of Aquitaine and pursued by cattle over Europe's second highest road, Moore soon finds himself resorting to narcotic assistance, systematic overeating and waxed legs before summoning a support vehicle staffed by cruelly sceptical family and friends. Accounts of his suffering and chicanery, and those encountered in the race's epic history, are interwoven through a look at rural France busy tarting itself up for those 15 seconds of fame as the Tour careers through at 50kph. An heroic depiction of an inadequate man's attempt to achieve the unachievable, Moore's Tour is a tale of calorific excess, ludicrous clothing and intimate discomfort.
Publisher: London : Yellow Jersey Press, 2014.
Copyright Date: ?2001
ISBN: 9780224092388
Branch Call Number: 796.62092 MOO
Characteristics: xi, 277 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,20 cm


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Mar 11, 2016

The British humour and the wordplays in this book can be difficult to understand - especially if English is not your first language. I had to read some sentences a few times to make sure that the author was making a joke. I only started to appreciate at halfway of the book. Overall, a nice little funny book about cycling to read. There is a lot of interesting things to learn.

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