Rough Ride [NOOK Book]

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First published in 1990, Rough Ride is one of the greatest books ever written about the life of a professional athlete. Almost twenty years later, Yellow Jersey is publishing an updated edition of this cycling classic, with a new foreword by the author which reflects on his life both inside and outside the sport.


Paul Kimmage's boyhood dreams were of cycling glory: wearing the yellow jersey, cycling the Tour de France, becoming a national hero. He knew it wouldn't come easy, ...

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Overview

First published in 1990, Rough Ride is one of the greatest books ever written about the life of a professional athlete. Almost twenty years later, Yellow Jersey is publishing an updated edition of this cycling classic, with a new foreword by the author which reflects on his life both inside and outside the sport.


Paul Kimmage's boyhood dreams were of cycling glory: wearing the yellow jersey, cycling the Tour de France, becoming a national hero. He knew it wouldn't come easy, but he was prepared to put in the graft: he spent his teenage years cycling an average of 400 miles per week.


The dedication began to pay off. As an amateur, he represented his country and finished sixth in the World Championships. In 1986 he turned professional. That's when reality hit. He soon discovered it wasn't about glory and courage, and it wasn't about how much training you put in or how much you wanted to win. It was about gruelling defeats, complete and utter exhaustion, and it was about drugs. Not drugs that would ensure victory, but drugs that would allow you to finish the race and start another day.


Paul Kimmage left the sport to write this book. It is a powerful and frank account that breaks the law of silence surrounding the issue of drugs in sport. An eye-opening expose and a heartbreaking lament, it is a book that anyone interested in any sport should read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781409078340
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 617,459
  • File size: 378 KB

Meet the Author

Since writing Rough Ride, Paul Kimmage has gone on to become one of the UK and Ireland's most respected sports journalists. Currently chief interviewer for the Sunday Times' sports section, he is also the author of Andy Townsend's autobiography, and of the highly acclaimed Full Time: The Secret Life of Tony Cascarino.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    A SAd Tale That Had to Be Told

    What¿s it like to be a wonderfully talented amateur bicycle racer who gets thrown into the meat-grinder of professional cycling? Kimmage answers the question in honest yet depressing detail. An example: This book explains that the fatigued riders who did not place in the final stage of the Tour wouldn¿t be tested for dope, so they were free to take amphetamines. Reading ¿Rough Ride¿ is a lot like driving by a car crash. You really want to avert your eyes but can¿t. Kimmage¿s story of life as a cycling domestique is fascinating. Kimmage makes it very clear that he is only telling his own personal story and not accusing any other rider in particular. But the practices he exposes clearly indict the entire profession. His revelations of the culture of doping within the peloton brought him withering criticism. He wasn¿t the first to get in trouble for revealing cycling¿s nasty underside. Bernard Thévenet almost died of liver failure from overuse of corticoids. When he confessed that doping was the cause of his health problems and that doping was a common practice within the peloton, the 2-time Tour winner suffered terrible opprobrium from the press, his sponsor and his fellow racers. I believe Kimmage¿s book is the first (at least in English) to detail at length what life as a professional truly entailed. Since then former professional Erwann Menthéour has also written a memoir about doping in cycling which, to the best of my knowledge, has not been translated. Both he and Kimmage explained that the term for revealing cyclists¿ doping to the public is called ¿spitting in the soup¿. Menthéour¿s (who was caught using EPO) reply was 'People are saying I am spitting in the soup, but it is necessary when it is poison.' In the last year the wall of silence regarding doping has come tumbling down and several famous racers have confessed their misdeeds. Yet Kimmage¿s book is the seminal tome and writing it was an act of courage. The book is more than about doping. It details Kimmage¿s own failure to properly train and prepare for some seasons. He also describes the gut-busting exhaustion that the lesser riders suffer as they work at their limits for their more talented team leaders. ¿Rough Ride¿ is a well-written book about racing in the 1980s but its lessons apply to the present. It is important reading for any cycling fan with an interest in what it takes to produce the spectacle we so enjoy watching. - Bill McGann, Author of the Story of the Tour de France

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    An expose of doping and pro cycling, before the 1999 Tour de Francescandal

    This is a great book illustrating the pressure that pro cyclists are under to win by any means possible, from blood boosting and amphetamines to EPO. Kimmage got a lot of critism from the powers that be after this book was first published in the late 80's, there were blanket denials from all sides (nothing new there!). This book is a must for anyone interested in any professional sport not just cycling. It's torturous to read how someone devotes their youth to training to become an athlete, only to realise once they make it to the pro ranks that just about everyone is boosting their performance to win. A sad endictment of professional sports, but a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Grown Men Do Whin

    This book is not as much an expose' of doping within the peloton, but more of an emotional rant-venting on the part of a bitter man. Having mediocre ability when compared to other professional cyclists is somewhat beyond the author's control. Having bitterness, unforgiveness and unbridled resentment is within his control. Mr. Kimmage believes that David Millar should have been banned from cycling for life, yet he allows himself grace in spite of his personal use of amphetamines!?!? He blames others for his succumbing to temptation. Wow dude, get over it and quit complaining. Acknowledge your guilt and be a positive influence as Millar has attempted to be. IMHO save the money on this one. His rehashed rants are still in the news due to the LA debacle, so........

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