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On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation's Cycling Soul
     

On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation's Cycling Soul

by Ned Boulting
 

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An amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cycling from Ned Boulting, the author of How I Won The Yellow Jumper.

Ned Boulting has noticed something about bikes. They're everywhere. And so are their riders. Some of these riders seem to be sporting sideburns and a few of them are winning things. Big things. Now Ned wants

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An amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cycling from Ned Boulting, the author of How I Won The Yellow Jumper.

Ned Boulting has noticed something about bikes. They're everywhere. And so are their riders. Some of these riders seem to be sporting sideburns and a few of them are winning things. Big things. Now Ned wants to know how on earth it came to this. And what, exactly, is "this." Here, Ned Boulting asks how Britain became so obsessed with cycling. Ned’s search puts him in contact with some of the wonderful and wonderfully idiosyncratic people who have contributed to this nation’s two-wheeled history. It's a journey that takes him from the velodrome at Herne Hill to the Tour of Britain at Stoke-on-Trent via Bradley Wiggins, Chris Boardman, David Millar (and David's mum), Ken Livingstone, both Tommy Godwins, Gary Kemp (yes, him from Spandau Ballet) and many, many more. The result is an amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cycling.

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"Funny, fascinating and frequently touching . . . will be enjoyed by anyone with even a passing interest in cycling."  —Guardian

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ISBN-13:
9780224092098
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Series:
Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Ned Boulting started his broadcasting career as a reporter on the show Soccer Saturday, once winning the Royal Television Society's Sports Reporter of the Year Award. He has presented two Tours of Britain for ITV, as well as the inaugural Tour Series, and contributed features and live reports on eight Tours de France. His first book was How I Won the Yellow Jumper.

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