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French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics) [Paperback]

Tim Moore

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1 May 2014 Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics
Battling it out with the old men on butchers' bikes across the plains of Aquitaine and pursued by cattle over Europe's second highest road, Moore soon finds himself resorting to narcotic assistance, systematic overeating and waxed legs before summoning a support vehicle staffed by cruelly sceptical family and friends. Accounts of his suffering and chicanery, and those encountered in the race's epic history, are interwoven through a look at rural France busy tarting itself up for those 15 seconds of fame as the Tour careers through at 50kph. An heroic depiction of an inadequate man's attempt to achieve the unachievable, Moore's Tour is a tale of calorific excess, ludicrous clothing and intimate discomfort.

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Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points and I Believe In Yesterday. He lives in London.

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"One of the funniest books about sport ever written" (Sunday Times)

"Moore is a talented and funny writer, who, through a combination of slapstick, absurd simile and a healthy suspicion of French civilisation, gives us something to laugh at on every page" (Daily Telegraph)

"Embarrassingly laugh-out-loud" (Daily Express)

"Moore's floundering attempts to emulate the Herculean feats of his cycling heroes unfold with eyewetting hilarity" (The Times)

"Moore unleashes a high-energy torrent of astute observation and hilarious self-deprecation. Hailed a the new Bill Bryson, he is in fact a writer of considerably more substance... The jokes come thick and fast" (Irish Times)

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Seduced by the speed and glamour of the biggest annual sporting event in the world, and determined to tackle the most fearsome physical challenge outside classical mythology, Moore, the ultimate amateur, attempts to complete all 3,630km of the 2000 Tour in the weeks before the professionals set off.

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