First novels are always interesting and frustrating. Like the newly ordained preacher, the first time novelist attemts to put everything s/he has inside into a single volume.
This is an interesting story and Waddington does demonstrate the ability to tell a story. Yes, it is a flawed novel. But the promise of future stories better told lie in the lines he wrote.
There are a lot of intimate details about bicycle racing and recreational cyclists will find these details of interest. Following the 1998 Tour de France and the "scandals" of performance enhancing drugs, this novel takes the reader inside the men who allow their bodies to be manipulated by the drugs, promoters, and team owners just to have the moment of triumph.
The "mystery" lies unresolved at the end. To this reader, it is a mystery as to why Waddington included the "mystery" at all. He wove a good tale of the people who race the bicycles. That would have been sufficient. The "mystery" itself fails to resolve. It leaves the reader with the questions "Why -- for what reason?"
I do want you to purchase this book. Why? Because I can tell the Waddington has more stories to tell and they will get better and better.