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Inside The Peloton: My Life as a Professional Cyclist

Inside The Peloton: My Life as a Professional Cyclist [Kindle Edition]

Nicolas Roche
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"A terrific account of the life of a professional cyclist" (Paul Kimmage Sunday Times 2011-12-18)

"Roche's writing is conversational and fluid. His frankness, passion and competitive nature makes for great copy. He also wears his heart on his Lycra sleeve. Candid and cliché-free... entertaining and risqué... Roche is a revelation" (Richard Oakley Sunday Times 2011-10-30)

"It's in his relaying of personal struggles that Roche shines, whether they relate to being at the brink of collapse on tour, to frustration with his teammates and coping with the possibility of a loved one dying. But this primarily a book about cycling, an insight into the need to excel that drives sportsmen and women and makes them different from the nine-to-five jobsworth" (Irish Independent 2011-10-15)

"A fascinating picture of the life of someone operating in one of the world's most gruelling sports... a compelling read" (Dick O'Brien Sunday Business Post 2011-11-06)

"Partly because he was the son of Stephen, Nicolas Roche had to fight all the harder to be accepted in his own right in the toughest competitive sport that exists. This book is both that story and his ongoing striving for success, as well as an insight into the sometimes corrupt world of professional cycling. A great read even for those who never watch the Tour" (John Spain Irish Independent, Books of the Year 2011-12-07)

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The passionate, truthful story of life on the professional Tour by Ireland's finest cyclist and one of the rising stars of the sport

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2681 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (29 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OYF4GM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 31 Oct 2011
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This is an excellent read and a very insightful look at the professional cycling peloton from the point of view of an up and coming star.

Nicolas tells it as it is. The majority of the book is made up of his previously published diaries in the Irish newspapers. It is intelligently written, funny at times and totally rivetting. It's a pity it doesnt include his recent win in Beijing
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into a tough sport 14 Feb 2012
The 1980's were an interesting time for Irish cycling.
Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche were two of the best cyclists around, indeed at one stage they were ranked one and two in the world and during 1987-88 they held the 3 grand tour titles between them.
Since then there were not that many Irish professionals, but recent years have seen some talented Irish riders joining the pro ranks and get some very decent results.
Nicolas Roche has probably been the best and most consistent of these riders over the last few years.
Inside the Peloton is an overview of his career so far and is a great read.
The book starts with Nico as a young boy on the Champs Eleyses watching his dad get the yellow jersey and victory in the Tour de France and ends with him competing in the worlds biggest bike race in 2011.
There are lots highs along the way, such as winning the Irish national road race championship and getting a top ten finish in La Vuelta. Unfortunately the book ends before one of his best victories so far, a stage on the tour of Beijing, where indeed he beat his compatriot Philip Deignan.
The book is also great at capturing how tough a life pro cycling is and indeed how dangerous it can be.
The only slight criticism I had with the book is that his recounting of the grand tours he entered is taken directly from his newspaper diary entries published at the time of the races, and so it's not new writing for somebody who has read these before. That's only a minor criticism however as these are very entertaining and informative pieces to read again.
Hopefully Nicolas Roche's career can progress to the next level and surely a few injury free seasons will see him compete for the podium on a 3 week grand tour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 22 Jan 2012
Got this as one of my wishlist for Christmas

Couldn't put it down and finished it quickly which is a sign of a good book IMHO

Other stuff about his Dad which I didn't know
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Having not read the diaries in the Irish Independent this whole book was new to me. It was absolutely superb.

I really enjoyed every aspect of the book. I enjoyed hearing about Stephen Roches' exploits from Nicolas' viewpoint. I thought the tour diaries were excellent. This gave a superb insight into the life of a pro-cyclist.

I have an interest in most sports, I don't really cycle much and nor do I follow cycling other than the Tour De France yet I was engrossed in this book. I will be following Nicolas' career closely from now on and hope that he can find a team that really is built around him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I did enjoy this book but I must admit that by about three quarters of the way through I was beginning to find the thing a bit tedious.I suppose the problem is that Roche is a bit of a "journeyman" cyclist (I may be doing him a disservice here as he seems a very decent bloke) but he hasn't done anything "great" ie won any great races or anything "wrong" ie doped or otherwise cheated, so the book is just a bit dull for me. To be fair he has obviously written it himself as the majority of the book is a reprint of his diary/blog entries, and there are some heartwarming looks into his family life, which for me are the best parts of the book, it's just that the sections on the actual cycling become a bit repetitive after a while which loses a star for me I'm afraid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Insight 19 May 2012
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A great insight to the contemporary peloton. Anyone who knows of Stephen Roche or watched him win the 1987 Tour de France is naturally going to have an interest in Nico. An honest & fascinating account of a fascinating sport, chapeau Nico!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicolas Roche Inside The Peloton 9 April 2012
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What a fanastic book, well written and the way he kept the Tour diaries just goes to show how hard riding the Grand Tours can be. From incidents within the Peleton and the suffering during and after each stage, it takes someone special to become a professional cyclist.

Throughly enjoyed this book from start to finish.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not much to this one 5 Jun 2014
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Read a lot of cyclists books and I would have to say this is the poorest one. No insight to the man alt all. Just a republish of his race diary pages.
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