Bobke II

Bobke II

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by Bob Roll
     
 

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Bob Roll is a former Tour de France racer, well-known scribe, and race announcer, and he's back to cause a ruckus! Bobke II (correctly pronounced "BOOB-kuh") revisits all of the original journals of Roll's wild rides and crazy tales about cycling's uncensored side.

When Bobke retired from competition, his pen continued the crazed poetic

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Bob Roll is a former Tour de France racer, well-known scribe, and race announcer, and he's back to cause a ruckus! Bobke II (correctly pronounced "BOOB-kuh") revisits all of the original journals of Roll's wild rides and crazy tales about cycling's uncensored side.

When Bobke retired from competition, his pen continued the crazed poetic commentary, and Roll's newest additions cover both topics held reverent in cycling and also those that are hardly related to the sport. Bobke tips his cap to the classic riders and races, takes us on a grueling week of training with Lance Armstrong, tells the sport as he sees it, and entertains us with plenty of ditties and rants in between. It's a zany, often absurd, yet compelling commotion.

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"Not a day passes in the life of Bob Roll without a little good time commotion." '—Outside magazine

"Bob has a fine eye for the absurd nature of racing a bicycle for a living." ' —Ned Overend, professional mountain bike racer

"All things considered, Bob is a pretty damn good writer." '—Daryl Price, professional mountain bike racer

"Bob Roll is the consummate team player and one of the most 'gentlemanly' riders that I know of in the peloton. He has suffered through countless races helping riders such as Andy Hampsten win the Giro with nary a whimper about little exposure he gained for his toils. He follow the 'code of respect' that the European 'profis' demanded of their peers. Bob was always there when you needed him but never in the way! The consummate professional." '—Alex Stieda, former 7-Eleven teammate of Bob Roll

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937716585
Publisher:
VeloPress
Publication date:
06/18/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
147,777
File size:
868 KB

Meet the Author

Most cyclists know Bob Roll is a man of many pursuits: former Tour de France racer and mountain bike competitor; training partner of Lance Armstrong during his comeback from cancer; columnist in VeloNews; television commentator, interviewer, and writer for the Outdoor Life Network; and a sometime coach, TV-commercial star, bit part movie actor, storyteller, and inspirational speaker. In fact, a Google search on the Web revealed no less than 1,200,000 references to the infamous cycling scribe. But-Bob would like this-only a dozen of the items were about him. Most of the other 1,199,988 were about "BOB Dylan, rock and ROLL" or similar "Bob" and "Roll" combinations.

Born in 1960, in Oakland, California, where he had a, shall we say, unusual childhood, he somehow gravitated to racing bikes and was living in a tent in Switzerland when he was picked up by the 7-Eleven cycling team in 1985 to ride the Giro d'Italia (he finished a remarkable 78th). He later lived and raced in Belgium, where he adopted his Flemish moniker, Bobke (pronounced "boob-ka"), and enjoyed a better-than-mediocre racing career.

His writing was "discovered" before the start of a Belgian classic race by a VeloNews editor, who spotted a poem Roll had written on the sidewalls of his racing tires. There followed the zany Roll Diaries-a sort of cycling Dead Sea Scrolls-that first focused on his adventures in the European peloton, and later on the off-road circuit after he swapped skinny tires for fat and moved first to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then Durango, Colorado.

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