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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; New Ed edition (26 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006532284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006532286
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A deeply affectionate mental scrapbook … Hilton has the skill as a writer to make the subject of cycling fresh and compelling again. Fascinating … Exuberant’ Matt Seaton, Guardian

‘An exhilarating work … just the book for anyone who, shooting past a traffic jam on the way to work, imagines himself wearing the winner’s yellow jersey at the head of the Tour de France pack’ Independent

‘Tim Hilton is a man of sardonic humour as well as high intelligence … his book is one of the most unusual, eccentric and captivating ever written by a “wheelman”’ Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Daily Mail

‘A hugely engaging history of the sport’ Simon O’Hagan, Books of the Year, Independent on Sunday

‘A charmingly eccentric account of his love of cycling, mixed in with a history of the sport’ John Preston, Books of the Year, Sunday Telegraph

‘Hilton is a brilliantly quirky, inventive writer … A wonderful testament to a life in the saddle’ Daily Telegraph

‘Remarkably infectious and richly atmospheric; so much so that the effect is like being hoisted up on to his handlebars and swept along for the ride. His enthusiasm drives everything forward at an exhilarating lick’ Sunday Telegraph

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'Hilton’s own unusual life in cycling is beautifully woven into a history of English and continental racing.'

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin Rose on 28 Nov. 2012
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If you are interested in cycling and are also literate it can be tough, most of the books are barely literate and move from cliché to cliché faster than most of us can pedal.
This one is different: Tim Hilton was an art critic, I did not like his art critism but it was literate, but on cycling he shows his real passions. A strange mix of some rather partial biography, a history of the continental tours, and clubman law and life in very provincial England. This man understands continental cycling, much helped by his fluency in French and leftish upbringing that gave him access to the continental working class for whom cycle sport was a passion.
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I am on my 3rd reading of this Book, and no doubt will read it again. I get this book, some others may not, to me it's a sit down chat with the author in a warm cosy Pub discussing views, recollections, observations and the authors' outlook upon his lifetime in the saddle and dedication to the cadence of life. The details of the years past are fascinating; tales often told to me by the old fellas I met on many trips in my youth are accounted for in print here. Many needs will be met from reading this book, if not upon the first reading, but in subsequent ones.
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By S. Lowry on 13 Dec. 2013
I really enjoyed this look at cycling from the past. The scope encompasses the British Cycling scene with it's lonely time trials, the beginning of the British League of racing Cyclists, The Tour de France and the authors own cycling endeavours. Plus, there are detailed chapters on people such as Beryl Burton, Reg Harris, Rene Vietto, the duels between Coppi and Bartali.

A very engaging writer. A personal and deeply fond look at the cycling world of the 50s and 60s.
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Just wanted to say what a great book this is. It is basically a history of cycling from a british perspective. It takes you on a tour of cycling history in Britian, whilst also covering the history of continental cycle racing to.
To me a newly converted cycle nut, it filled in the history and facts i wanted to know perfectly, so if your like me, new to cycling and keen to learn about its past, this book is simply a must read.
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It's the very next best thing to a bike-ride through the entire world of cycling, and once I'd started reading it, I couldn't stop pedalling till the end of the journey. Wonderfully evocative, and not a wasted word.
Biss-chop.
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