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One Day Ahead: A Tour de France Misadventure [Kindle Edition]

Richard Grady
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"absolutely fantastic read. Couldn't put it down"

"a lovely account of real achievement"

"very well written and funny"

"an honest and humorous book"

"really enjoyed following the One Day Ahead team around France"

One Day Ahead: A Tour de France Misadventure

It didn't even seem like a good idea when first suggested so how did Richard Grady get hooked into a 5000 kilometre drive around France in a motorhome? Maybe it was the lure of the world's premiere cycle race - The Tour de France - or possibly the desire to help a friend that seduced him but somehow he found himself as a member of the backup team to four riders cycling the Tour route one day ahead of the professional racers.

Driving hundreds of kilometres every day, performing a variety of mundane chores and dealing with the vagaries of his travelling companions all combined to create a three week journey he regretted from the start.

In this hilarious account Richard relates the misadventures of the 'One Day Ahead' team as they battle with the challenge of cycling the 3,497 km Tour de France route and he and the stalwart Sara battle to give the riders the best possible chance of achieving their goal. Filled with amusing anecdotes and facts this is a fascinating insight into the Tour de France for avid fans and the general reader alike.

‘One Day Ahead: A Tour de France Misadventure’ was written on the suggestion of his psychologist girlfriend/therapist(!) after Richard struggled for two years to get over the experience. Every book sold helps.

Warning: Contains some moaning however this will not be harmful to your health.

"cracking read and has got me planning my own cycling adventures"

"a Tour de Force. I admire anyone who takes on a challenge like this"

"a humorous book with many a chuckle at the woes of the hard done by support team"

"Richard made you feel like you were actually there & thankful, given some of the situations they got into, that you weren't!"

"by far the best cycling related book I have read in the last few years. I really did not want it to end"

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Following a 17 year career in corporate finance, Richard Grady eventually escaped the rat race and founded a number of successful Internet businesses. During his time in the world of Internet marketing, he wrote prolifically and published several best-selling eBooks on the subject.

These days, Richard is more likely to be found writing about his adventures as an, often reluctant, traveller. You may find them amusing. Chances are, Richard didn't.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative! 10 July 2014
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I enjoyed this an amusing and informative book. As well as wittily relating his trials and tribulations as a support member for four enthusiastic amateur cyclists preceding by one day the Tour of 2012, the author imparts interesting snippets about the history, organisation and route of the Tour de France. For example, naive I may be but it had never occurred to me that towns on the route paid huge sums for the privilege of having the Tour start there, finish there or just pass through them! Whilst keen cyclists will have a fellow feeling for the "One Day Ahead" team, non cyclists will get a good laugh, and motor caravaners (or potential motor caravaners) are sure to identify with some of the situations the put upon support team found themselves having to deal with. It is a very good first hand account and I heartily recommend the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book follows a team of four charity bike riders who set themselves the challenge to ride the complete 2012 Tour de France route, one day ahead of the pro-riders. It is written by Richard, a sometime cyclist, but for this trip part of their small back-up team and the driver of Motorhome 1. It would be true to say that from the beginning Richard was a reluctant team member, but his general grumpiness gave some real humour to the writing and I enjoyed this book from the outset.

It was never going to be an easy three week, 5000km trip around France and Richard writes a very funny account of their daily routine; the squabbles, the issues, the pain and the suffering and he often had me laughing at his quips. He certainly highlights the issues that arise with lots of people working hard to follow a gruelling schedule and living together in small spaces. The cyclists might have had the mountain passes to climb and over 200km in the saddle each day, but the back-up teams had the driving, shopping, cooking and washing to do, plus had to ensure there was always enough water onboard and that the motorhome toilet was regularly emptied. Richard would say the cyclists had it easy!

Interspersed with the events of their day Richard gives us just enough information on the Tour rules and the history of the event to add interest without it becoming a history fact book and as each day comes to a close, he includes a brief summery of events on the real 2012 Tour and the positions of the pro-riders. Delivered in his humorous style, this gave the book a well-rounded feel and helped me to relive the excitement of Bradley Wiggins winning the Yellow Jersey. I was sorry to get to the end of their adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This 'laugh out load' book was an extremely enjoyable & informative read particularly knowing some of the cyclists & support team involved, the book really bought the Tour alive & illustrated how massive the Tour is & how much work goes into putting the race on. Richard made you feel like you were actually there & thankful that given some of the situations they got into that you weren't! I believe this book will appeal to anyone not just those interested in cycling as it's a lovely account of real achievement by both the cyclists who completed the Tour 'One Day Ahead' & the support teams without which it wouldn't have happened. Well done to those who were involved & thank you Richard for writing One day Ahead for us all to experiene in the comfort of our armchairs!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Can I just start by saying that I am a massive cycling fan, and a huge fan of the Tour de France, so my comments might be a tad Bias? Having said that, this book is by far the best cycling related book I have read in the last few years. I really did not want it to end. I am so jealous, and I would have loved to be part of your team. You make it easy for the reader to imagine the campsites, and the problems with getting water and doing the washing etc. For anyone who dreams about riding long distance, or is a regular follower of the TDF, you really MUST READ this book. I cannot recommend it enough! 5 stars! Bravo !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All hail the support team 17 Oct. 2014
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Good to see some moans about this not being a cycling book. It's always good when riders forget that sometimes they need a support team. Riding around the French countryside in the summer, riding ahead of the Tour every day, enjoying the sunshine and scenery, 4 intrepid cyclist setout to ride the 2012 Tour route. They are ably supported by Motorhomes 1 & 2. All is well and the comaradery flows.

In truth this is the story of the otherside of the Tour. Those poor people who forced to provide the back-up to keep the cyclists going. The people who drive the vehicles, do the washing and cooking and the physio are overlooked. Here we have amateurs doing the same job with all the problems that arise from that.

It seems that some of the people were not made aware of exactly what they were expected to do and tried to shurk their responsibilities. Yes, there is a lot of moaning and why wouldn't there be?

This serves as a warning to those who would try a similar endeavour. It also serves as a witty story for those not taking up the challenge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must read for any cycling fan 29 Oct. 2014
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I've read so many cycling books I've lost count. This one is not about the drugs, the politics, or the bike. This is a fantastic and funny account of the absolute adventure you can have while riding a bike. If you are thinking of planning your own cycling adventure to France, then this book is a must read. I never knew a man could get so much pleasure from an empty chemical toilet and a full tank of water.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just about vans
Bought this book because it was about motorhomes and touring France, two of my passions. It was indeed good to read of how M/H friendly they are in France and campsites, aires and... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Grev
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended.
A very entertaining read, both for cyclists and non-cyclists alike. Thoroughly recommended.
Published 19 days ago by Stephen P Rymill
5.0 out of 5 stars Chapeau
A really good book. I knew exactly what the boys were going through in the mountain, chapeau to you all. Read more
Published 29 days ago by malcolm holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read.
Richard Grady is not the greatest writer in the world, but he chronicles this adventure well enough. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R .BRAUND
5.0 out of 5 stars The historical snippets relating to the early days of the tour I found...
A really enjoyable read. The historical snippets relating to the early days of the tour I found particularly good as although I have been into cycling for many years (65) I still... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T W PRIEST
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried laughing
What a cracking read. I laughed out loud at least five times per stage (chapter). It even made me want to attempt it - well, for a nanosecond.
Published 1 month ago by Nick Humphries
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
its ok
Published 1 month ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoyed this book ,not your typical ride history ,but more of the trials and tribulations of supporting the riders
Published 1 month ago by Robby
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book.
*****5 stars. This book was a great read. The role of support crew is a tough one and Richard keeps you gripped all along. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie Walford
5.0 out of 5 stars good read makes you want to give it a bash
Good read and great effort! Makes you want to buy a motor home and have a go at doing it!
Published 2 months ago by Charles
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