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On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation's Cycling Soul (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics)

On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation's Cycling Soul (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Ned Boulting
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"Funny, fascinating and frequently touching ... will be enjoyed by anyone with even a passing interest in cycling. No bib shorts required" (Helen Pidd Guardian)

"Don't expect to read a better sports book this year. Funny, serious, quirky, hard hitting." (Brendan Gallagher)

"Quirky, insightful, soulful. Could be subtitled 'cyclists are odd - discuss'" (Matt Dickinson @DickinsonTimes)

"It's very funny, surprisingly insightful and features telling observations from a litany of engaging personalities along with Ned's amusing take on his own cycling experiences" (Wheelsuckers)

"Boulting is a delightful narrator, amusingly preoccupied by his own middle-class roots" (Financial Times)

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An amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cycling from Ned Boulting, the author of How I Won The Yellow Jumper.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what they want! 30 May 2013
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Anyone familiar with Ned Boulting's previous books, his work on the telly or indeed his Twitter feed, will know what to expect here. A humorous, self-deprecating wander through the modern cycling world from pro to amateur and everything in between. I don't think I'm doing him down by saying that he wouldn't have any great pretensions at having turned out an overly psychological or technical book. No, this is a personal journey through the sport delivered much as it might be discussed down the pub and is all the better for it. My only complaint? Can we have some more please?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boulting: the Bard of the MAMILs 19 Jun 2013
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Another cracking read from Ned, he writes as an oursider who is new to cycling and makes sense of it as he write but really he's becoming part of the British Cycling Establishment so this tour of the characters that make up the history of British cycling is a great book for him to have come up with. We've had enough of reading about the great riders and races of the continent it's time to have the British Isle story put on a paper. This is really a series of separate essays, some touching others hilarious, some both. Keep riding and writing Ned!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric and affectionate 5 Jun 2013
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I really liked this book. This is an affectionate, sweet natured and sometimes sentimental look at the often eccentric world of British cycling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ned is a joy to read 21 Nov 2013
By Ian
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I read Neds Yellow Jumper book before this and saved this until I went on holiday. I got more than halfway through this book just on the outbound flight, it's a fantastic book. I'm fairly new to cycling, I don't know much about it's history in the UK - some names are talked about but others I have never heard of. Ned has met many British cyclists through the process of writing this book and he tells their stories very well. I feel I now know so much more about the history of British cycling thanks to this book.

For those who haven't grown up in the world of cycling, it is a good insight into the past and how it's led to the present day, the traditions of the sport and the unspoken rules. There is as much focus on the everyday man (or woman!) cycling on the local country roads as there is of British riders from the Tour de France from years back. I think this book has something for everyone and it's well worth a read.
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Ned's follow up book is a meander through British cycling history meeting many characters on the way. It also features Ned's own charmingly naïve adventures on two wheels. It has some poignant moments around the lone 'grim faced' pioneers of the sport as well as typical laugh aloud stories - the football ground quest had me cracking up.

Ned has become a sort of ambassador for normal cyclists - not the really serious whippets but the rest of us who commute, use a bike when we can, maybe get out at the weekend.

This is a great entertaining read for anyone even mildly interested in cycling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Cyclists 10 Sep 2013
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You don't need to ride a bike to enjoy this witty and informative book. You just need an interest in people, challenges and triumphs.

This book is about people you may never have heard of, with either a love for life, cycling or both. Here you will read about amazing feats that you will perhaps be finding for the first time.

This is an entertaining and amusing read which also has the Feel Good Factor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 21 Jun 2013
By vari
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Interesting on a number of levels, about cycling, about people, about national culture and written with a self deprecating manner which is very appealing. Read it!
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By Alex
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Ned probably IS the nation’s cycling soul, or rather, the voice of the soul of British cycling. Poignant, sensitive, heart-warming and downright laugh-out-loud funny, this book is not just about the bike and the riders, the cycling souls he so respectfully connects with. Rather, these are also used as impetus for a whole host of introspections and insights re: human interactions, obsessions, limitations and achievements. I laughed 'til I cried whilst reading the chapter, “Romantics in Britain”. You do not have to be a cyclist to appreciate the nuances of the complexity involved when meeting people you don’t know and who don’t know you, with a vague awareness that everyone is somebody, except you.

Reading this book is more than entertainment, it’s an experience of the human condition and Ned tells this tale in his usual fluent, articulate, indeed, masterful literary style. Once, upon luckily having my copy of “Yellow Jumper” signed Tour-side by Ned, I ventured to tell the author that from an English teacher’s point of view, it was a “literary masterpiece”, and that I have read passages aloud to my class. Now that I am no longer in the classroom, I find myself in search of people to read this book aloud to, stopping friends on the street or in cafes or holding my family as captive audiences: “Listen to this”. They always laugh out loud. If you love words, you cannot help but marvel at his verbal virtuosity(“to hurt is to be”), the poetry and meter(“All this I love”) (“the cut and thrust and puncture”) ,the unique invention of new words, not unlike the Bard himself (“unrequitedly” !), and the endless metaphors for pain on a bike.

As well as all this, I sense the author’s soft spot ,and a certain well-deserved and well-earned respect for, our sometimes controversial British cycling hero, Sir Bradley Wiggins, our “side-burned knight of the realm”. This just endears this book even more to my cycling soul. I’m reading it all over again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars briiliant book if you enjoy cycling or just plain well written script...
well written,interesting,just a good book that covers my interest and paints a visual picture in my head ...
Published 16 days ago by Mr. S. Coyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied and fun
Ned Boulting looks at cycling from a wide variety of angles and meets some great eccentrics along the way. Good on cycling history and culture.
Published 20 days ago by Al Crerar
5.0 out of 5 stars Ned's waffling style makes for a good read
And I mean that in a good way. Anyone who has read Ned's other cycling books (Yellow Jumper/Green Jersey) will know that his mind wanders from one fascinating topic to another. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Big Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Well written, informed, quirky and amusing
A flare for seeing beyond the obvious.
Insightful analysis of me and my breed of MAMIL !
Published 3 months ago by Sam Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Ned
Really interesting and easy to read. Takes a look at cycling from the angle of most of us mere mortals and not from an expert's (sorry, Ned) point of view. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Martin Littlewood
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the casual cycling fan
Really enjoyable & well-written. Particularly suitable for newcomers to cycling or for those who follow the sport from a distance.
Published 5 months ago by Stu Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic
I am 63 and have had an interest in push bikes all my life, not perhaps a passion but I have always treasured the fundamental joy of a bike ride. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marcus Luck
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
this sums up why so many people are now in love with cycling and as usual Ned Boulting describes the events and personalaties in his own witty way
Published 9 months ago by T R NASH
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
Brilliant read. Though now a pensioner and riding little this brought back lots of memories of more active years. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ron Turner
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Boring and found this soooo hard to finish , not a scratch on.his first book -I downloaded book for my weeks holiday and didn't finish
Published 10 months ago by Robby
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