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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGann Publishing LLC (17 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984311718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984311712
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why would a man publish a picture of himself in the shower? Because this isn't an ordinary shower. It's one of the showers in which riders wash away the blood, grime and exhaustion at the end of Paris-Roubaix.

I've been a writer ever since my mother told me it was no fit job for a grown man. That, of course, was all the incentive I needed and I joined the staff of Cycling in its greatest days. And I've carried on writing ever since, a job I recommend because it rarely demands going out in the rain for hours. Unlike cycling, where it seems to happen an awful lot.

I've spent all my life unearthing strange stories and personalities behind the world's greatest and oddest sport. It's been a huge pleasure.

People seem to expect this sort of thing, so... I'm French, I live near Toulouse, I never much troubled judges at the end of road races beyond making them stand around in the cold when they wanted to go home, and I have thinning hair.

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A new paperback by Les Woodland, the popular European correspondent for RBR's Premium Site, has just been published. "Cycling's 50 Craziest Stories" is Les's 24th book. Within its 160 pages he entertainingly delves into the absurd side of pro racing. For a hundred years the sport has produced a rich supply of human folly, and Les is simply the best there is at telling the tales. As often as possible he does so after meeting with the characters involved (or their descendants) to learn things no other writer knows. -- RoadBikeRider.com, March 25, 2010

These 50 episodes are often brief in their rendering for this is little need for nuance, for context, for character background. They each, on their face, are so strange as to be worthy of forehead-slapping, belly-holding guffaws of wide-eyed disbelief. These stories can make Brittney Spears seem only a tad quirky.

Told instructionally, as a blueprint for strangeness, a how-to of memorable, these stories beguile comprehension. Charles Terront won a 1000km race on the velodrome. That's not even the strange part. Terront is said to have won the race by an inner tube, but not in the fashion you might guess.

The temptation is to recount bits of this book, but in doing so, I'd be doing nothing so much as spoiling the surprises and I could do nothing crueler in my recommendation of the volume than spoil the fun.

For those who climb into bed tired, this is the ideal bedside reading, not more than four of five pages to an anecdote. I defy you to drift off during the exploits too strange not to have happened. -- Redkiteprayer.com, April 1, 2010


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James L. Witherell on 4 April 2010
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Want to find out about the Tour de France winner who gambled away all his winnings the day the race ended? How about the man who thought he'd set a cycling distance record only to find out that he hadn't -- even after riding extra distance to ensure that he had! This book has those stories and much more.
Then there's the tale of Wim Van Est, the first Duthch rider to wear the Tour de France's yellow jersey, only to fall off a cliff -- and nearly to his death -- the very next day!
In the interst of full disclosure, this book is also published by McGann Publishing, the publisher of my book, Bicycle History. But I've been a big fan of Les Woodland's work since before this book came out. Just check out my Listmania list on Amazon's US site. Mr. Woodland has been writing about cycling since the '70s and really knows his stuff (check out his encyclopedic "Yellow Jersey Companion to the Tour de France," if you don't believe me).
James Witherell
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By magdalene42 on 8 Jun. 2011
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Les Woodland is a very respected writer on cycling matters and as such a book by him is always welcome to the fan. However if you have followed cycling for more than a few years or if you read books on cycling often, you will be familiar with most of these stories.
Having said that, Les retells the familiar in an entertaining and engaging manner and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Highly recommended, most especially to those just getting started in pro cycling fandom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oystein on 3 Mar. 2011
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This book is perfect for you who are interested in cycling. It is, I must say, also perfect for those of you that are not. Some of the stories made me smile and laugh. Some of the stories made me think: "Is this actually possible". The collection of stories will give you a good insight in the history of madness in cycling. A top book if you want to be amused with real history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Bromwich on 28 Jan. 2011
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This was a gift for a secret santa at work, for someone who loves cycling. He loved the book and spent the majority of the day reading it instead of writing board reports!
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