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Hell on Two Wheels: An Astonishing Story of Suffering, Triumph, and the Most Extreme Endurance Race in the World

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Three-time Ironman finisher Amy Snyder takes the wraps off the best kept secret in the sports world, the Race Across America (RAAM), a bicycle race like no other. Unlike its famous cousin the Tour de France, RAAM is much crazier, more gothic, and even savage: once the gun goes off the clock doesn't stop, and the first rider to complete the prescribed 3,000-mile route is the victor. In Hell on Two Wheels, Snyder follows a group of athletes before, during, and after the 2009 RAAM, the closest and most controversial...

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Overview

Three-time Ironman finisher Amy Snyder takes the wraps off the best kept secret in the sports world, the Race Across America (RAAM), a bicycle race like no other. Unlike its famous cousin the Tour de France, RAAM is much crazier, more gothic, and even savage: once the gun goes off the clock doesn't stop, and the first rider to complete the prescribed 3,000-mile route is the victor. In Hell on Two Wheels, Snyder follows a group of athletes before, during, and after the 2009 RAAM, the closest and most controversial race in the event's 30-year history. This work offers a thrilling and remarkably detailed account of the competitors' triumphs and tragedies as they test themselves, each other, and the limits of human endurance. As RAAM exacts its vicious toll, Snyder shows how the racers discover their essential humanity and experience profound joy and completeness, demonstrating how such a grueling effort can also be cleansing and self-revelatory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600785252
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 933,631
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Snyder is a retired management consulting who competes in Ironman triathlons.

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Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Introduction xi

1 The Race Day Scene 1

2 The European Onslaught 11

3 The Deepest Field Ever 23

4 Day One: Rolling 35

5 Day Two: Digging In 51

6 Day Three: Surprise! 67

7 Crew Control 77

8 Days Four and Five: Extreme Extremes 85

9 Day Five: The Kansas Crucible 103

10 Days Six and Seven: Collapse and Resurrection 117

11 Day Seven: A Race for the Ages 133

12 What Fingerprint Do You Want to Leave? 143

13 Days Eight and Nine: Marooned in Ohio 153

14 Day Nine: Final Ultimatum 167

15 Days 10 and 11: Tough Love 183

16 Day 12: Guts and Glory in Annapolis 195

17 Aftermath 203

Epilogue 223

Appendix: The 2009 Solo Field 225

Acknowledgments 229

Book Proceeds 233

Notes 235

Index 245

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Very cool

    I really enjoyed this book. I am a recreational cyclist but i think i would have enjoyed it almost as much if i wasn't.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    You can *almost* feel their pain, exhaustion, and elation!

    Many of us are fans of the Race Across America (RAAM). Some of us actually compete, while most do it vicariously, through reading daily reports, on-the-scene updates, and wrap-up stories after the race is over. Many of these stories have been excellent when it comes to learning who won and lost, the margin of victory, as well as some good information about one particular racer or team. But what has been missing is a report that covers more than one rider or team, that gives intimate details regarding not only the events during the race, but before and after as well. That void has been filled by Amy Snyder's Hell On Two Wheels (Triumph Books, 2011).

    When I read through the book, I kept thinking: this is what's been missing! Often I've wondered about other riders, other teams, how did they handle the deserts, did they have problems with the mountains in West Virginia, what was the mood of the riders and crews when they could "smell the barn" as they entered Maryland. This book answers many of those questions in the 2009 running of RAAM. Many of the names will be familiar, and this book will flesh out our knowledge with information that is both fascinating and disturbing. The name of the book describes the race, the ordeal that RAAM is, in a way that would make most of us put any Walter Mitty aspirations out of our heads.

    Amy Snyder is an accomplished racer in her own right. She knows what it's like to give everything you've got, and more. After reading her book, you'll have gained some insight into just what these men and women go through in their 3000+ miles race across the US. Buy this book - you will enjoy it.

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