Dog in a Hat: An American Bike Racer's Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium

Dog in a Hat: An American Bike Racer's Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium

by Joe Parkin

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In 1987, Joe Parkin was an amateur bike racer in California when he ran into Bob Roll, a pro on the powerhouse Team 7-Eleven. "Lobotomy Bob" told Parkin that, to become a pro, he must go to Belgium.

Riding along a canal in Belgium years later, Roll encountered Parkin, who he saw as "a wraith, an avenging angel of misery, a twelve-toothed assassin". Roll barely recognized him. Belgium had forged Parkin into a pro bike racer, and changed him forever.

A Dog in a Hat is Joe's remarkable story. Leaving California with a bag of clothes, two spare wheels, some cash, and a phone number, Parkin left the comforts of home for the windy, rainswept heartland of European cycling. As one of the first American pros in Europe, Parkin was what the Belgians call "a dog with a hat on" — something familiar, yet decidedly out of place.

Parkin lays out the hard reality of the life—the drugs, the payoffs, the betrayals by teammates, the battles with team owners for contracts and money, the endless promises that keep you going, the agony of racing day after day, and the glory of a good day in the saddle.

A Dog in a Hat is the unforgettable story of the un-ordinary education of Joe Parkin and his love affair with racing, set in the hardest place in the world to be a bike racer. It is a story untold until now, and one that you will never forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934030264
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 205
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joe Parkin was an amateur bike racer in California when he met Bob Roll ( Bobke II ), who advised him to move to Belgium to further his cycling career. He represented the United States at the World Professional Cycling Championships and the World Cyclocross Championships. Following his road racing years in Belgium, he returned to the United States and began a successful second career as a pro mountain bike racer. For more information on Joe, please visit www.adoginahat.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bob Roll
1 Nobody Else in the Photo
2 Langst de Vaart
3 Kermis Don't Play Fair
4 Rolling with Eurotop
5 Stars and Stripes
6 A Dog in a Hat
7 Through the Tulips
8 Controlling the Race
9 Mexican Connection
10 Blue-Collar Racing
11 Chasing a Ride
Epilogue
Team History
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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Dog in a Hat: An American Bike Racer's Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Celthiker More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Joe Parkin's book about his time as a cyclist racing in Europe. His insights were sometimes hilarious, other times sad. Getting some inside scoop on the personalities was also very good. I look forward to reading his next book about cycling back in the States. Good job Parkin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Parkins story not because it describes the pro racing lifestyle in colorful prose (which it does), but more because he represents the life of a racer who struggles to make the podium but is happy to be a part of the scene.
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Page turner that does not get rapped up in the technical aspect of bicycle racing, but exposes the reader to 'the scene' with an honest take by the author. It re-emphasizes the amazing capabilities of cyclists as athelets, even the 'dopers'.
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