Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics)

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The book the cycling world has been waiting for. A definitive account of the life of Britain's greatest cyclist — Tom Simpson.
     The cyclist Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He died a tragic early death on the barren moonscape of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour. Almost 35 years on, hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial ...

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The book the cycling world has been waiting for. A definitive account of the life of Britain's greatest cyclist — Tom Simpson.
     The cyclist Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He died a tragic early death on the barren moonscape of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour. Almost 35 years on, hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial which marks the spot where he died. A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs, and was accused of fixing races, yet the dapper 'Major Tom' inspired awe and affection for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life. An authoritative evaluation of Simpson's death, and of the life that led to it, has been long overdue, the more so since cycling has been rocked by a succession of drug scandals. Put me Back on my Bike will revisit the places and people associated with Simpson to produce the definitive story of Britain's greatest ever cyclist.

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WILLIAM FOTHERINGHAM is 36 years old. He was born in Somersert and after leaving school went to Cambridge University to study Languages. He has raced bikes for over twenty years but so far has resisted the temptation to take drugs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2004

    Fascinating Biography and cycling read.

    This Biography of fallen cyclist Simpson is quite simply the most compelling book about cycling I've ever read. WF sifts through the misconceptions, the memories and the facts to discover what Tommy Simpson was really like - and it seems he was a lovable, passionate, determined man who also became reliant on a vicious cocktail of pills. However what emerges is a very different world than today's glamorous and professional peloton. When he died Simpson was the only professional on his team and rides in excess of 340 miles in a day weren't uncommon. What is more the Tour de France rules forbad riders more than 2 bidons during a stage (water was not dispensed from team cars as it is today) and some trainers thought that drinking more than two bottles in a six hour stage was a sign of weakness. Also bear in mind that the '67 tour was 1,000 miles longer than today's paltry 2,500 mile jaunt around France!

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