Cycling's Greatest Misadventuresby Paul Diamond
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Cycling's Greatest Misadventures presents twenty-seven true stories which cross the spectrum from terrifying to comical to downright bizarre. In these pages both everyday riders and pros tell their stories of freak accidents, animal attacks, sabotage, idiotic decisions, eerie or unexplained incidents, and other jaw dropping, adrenalin-pumping calamities. These stories bring to life the strange possibilities that await us once we step on the pedals of our road, mountain, or commuter bikes.
A sampling of misadventures in this collection include the stories of:
• A mountain biker who follows a bull and then gets gored by it
• Twenty Buffalo Soldiers who completed a TransAmerica ride in 1897
• A large rat that jumps on a woman's bike and tail slaps her repeatedly
• A pro cyclist's brutal race that ends with him naked and horrified
• A recreational cyclist who accidentally rides deep into a prison yard
• A dude who crashes a stationary bike in his first spin class
• A bike messenger who gets hit by nine cars
• A man who spreads tacks on a womens' race course as a ploy to get a date
These stories will make laugh, wonder, and shake your head with disbelief.
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Meet the Author
Paul Diamond grew up in Washington DC. He worked as a photojournalist for United Press International in Pittsburgh, and later taught writing at Ohio University and Tulane University. He now lives in San Diego and works as a writer and editor. When the ocean is flat--when there are absolutely no waves to surf--he takes his road bike out and rides along the coast in a t-shirt and board shorts.
Erich Schweikher has always preferred wheels—his earliest memory is that of being pulled around the neighborhood in a Radio Flyer wagon. A BMX bike replaced the wagon and the obsession began. While he has only one competitive race under his belt (he finished dead last due to a disqualification), he rides every chance he can get, mostly commuting to and from work in Portland, OR, where he teaches composition at Portland Community College. When not on the bike or in the classroom he spends his down time writing poems, a number of which have been published in national literary journals.
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