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Easy Rider: My Life on a Bike

Easy Rider: My Life on a Bike [Kindle Edition]

Rob Hayles
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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"Hayles is held in great affection and is renowned for his laid back and affable charm - both of which are evident throughout his humorous and engaging memoir." (Wheelsuckers' 2013 Christmas Books Guide)

"An excellent book, written in a compelling manner and a fitting tribute to one of the all but unsung heroes of British cycling. I think it fair to say that if Rob Hayles didn't exist, we'd need to invent him... Not only readable, but enticingly so." (The Washing Machine Post)

"Compelling... Hayles never gives the air of arrogance about his achievement - the surprise is how ignorant he is of his place in the vanguard of British cycling; every sport needs trailblazers who capture the imagination of the many and the respect of his peers." (Next to the Aisle)

"An impressive collection of tales, the story of many two-wheeled greats as well as his own." (London Cyclist)

"A great autobiography and a history lesson on the early days of the British Cycling Academy... he doesn't have the aloofness that befits some other riders and the story is more humbling. If I was Rob I would be bloody proud of what he has done! It is well written and has a nice easy pace (a bit like Rob himself?) A damn good story of a British lad who loved racing bicycles." (Headset Press)

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The brilliantly told story of the cycling world champion and multiple Olympic medallist who is one of the sport's best-loved and most colourful characters

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2104 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (20 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book an Easy Read from The Easy Rider 2 July 2013
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I have just finished reading this book and thought it was brilliant. Like many people i loved watch the cycling at the Olympics and knew of Rob from press and TV. A great background to how cycling has changed in the UK over the past few years , all told in a very relaxed and easy to read style. Cycling fan or not I am sure everyone will enjoy the behind the scenes look told honestly and with a nice bit of humour as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big cheer for one of cycling's coolest customers 29 Jun 2013
By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book starts off a bit unpromisingly. Rob Hayles is one of the UK's most medalled track and road cyclists, with a completely appealing character - calm and laid back where others are uptight and fighty - hence the title 'Easy Rider'. But Hayles is so incapable of blowing his own trumpet or being melodramatic about ANYTHING, even winning medals, that sometimes you go, Jeez Rob, talk yourself up a bit will you?!

And I felt the ghostwriter did an unconvincing job of sufficiently allow Hayles to explain a lot of the story's early events. For example new characters were constantly being introduced without any background. (Were the publishers imagining that Rob Hayles' book would only appeal to readers who were already 'cognoscenti', needing no introductions? Well anyway, I bought it, and I needed more introduction!)

So it really got going for this reader, anyway, about half way through. Some highlights: There are wonderful allusions to the slightly grumpier side of Bradley Wiggins :-); there is a really interesting section on what it was like to go to Cofidis to ride alongside David Millar - if you've read Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar this is a great complement to that. (See the crazy Biarritz cycling scene from a different angle....)

It is also pretty fascinating when Hayles and his wife-to-be have to struggle through an Olympics where one of them is doing well and one hasn't been so fortunate. She is a swimmer and clearly found the less committed training regimes of cyclists (!) a bit annoying at times. All very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping read! 22 Jan 2014
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I echo what other reviewers have said about Rob Hayles, A self assured,modest,driven champion who deserved what he worked for and more.A good friend and confident to those around him and a genuinely nice guy! Would recommend to any biking nuts like me,I genuinely found it hard to put the book down even after taking so long in getting round to reading it! Made a lot of sense to the other books I have read recently about Cav,Wiggo and Dave Millar . A truly good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book with plenty of interesting details 20 Jan 2014
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Interesting book which gives a detailed insight into the author. Bought for my cyclist Son who is delighted with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 15 Jan 2014
By Deets
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Modest and honest, Rob's career is as much a biography of British Cycling and a reminder of how far we've come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy rider is an easy read 5 Jan 2014
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Rob was a great allround cyclist and a winner in all disciplines.
His entertaining book was difficult to put down as it was such a variety of cycling subjects from an inspiring fellow who is a great role model for developing riders.His personality makes him an excellent commentator so surely he will remain prominent within our sport.
Typically his last event was a hill climb!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Style Goodness ! 5 Nov 2013
By Tim
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A book about cycling. A cycling book for the fans. When cycling was for cyclists and the masses looked on and wondered. Enough reading about drugs, read about cycling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and well written 4 Nov 2013
By Herbie Green VINE VOICE
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This is a really interesting insight into the hybrid world of the tracky/roadman - how Rob got started, his local racing and draw to the track. Then the necessary road training that became a second string to his bow. His interaction with other cyclists we know, and his take on their lives and how they intersected, are very interesting - especially his view on David Millar before, during and after his confession on drugs. I've always like Rob, and now I know why - he's likable and tells a good story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Very enjoyable read from one of the greats of British Cycling. A great story about how 3 Olympics, numerous world championships, a professional road career and a vibrant personal... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars A sheer delight to read.
As may be expected from someone who seems to be one of the most amiable characters in the UK cycling scene, this book is a delight. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. R. H. Oakley
A well written easy to read book which chronicled closely the cycling career of Rob Hayles. He gives a good insight into the inner workings of British Cycling and the pro peleton... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeremy Newby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very enjoyable read
Would recommend this book as it is good easy reading even for those who don't know too much about cycling, it provides a very well written insight into the sport
Published 7 months ago by Claire Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
This is an honest and interesting insight into the world of cycling; whether you have previous knowledge of professional sport or are just looking for a good read, the down to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sue Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This book certainly takes the lid off pro. cycling. It also gives a good insight into the sacrifices needed to become a cyclist.
Published 7 months ago by elgar matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars how it really was
Great read nice to see the warts and all plus how difficult it really was to make it even if you had talent in the pre academy days, loved it
Published 7 months ago by Darren Dunn
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