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A Racing Cyclist's Worst Nightmare: And Other Stories of the Golden Age Paperback – 15 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Mousehold Press; 1st Edition edition (15 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874739536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874739531
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Daniels on 9 April 2010
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This second book by Tony Hewson is a miscellany of personal experience, anecdote, fiction and history. He charts his own cycling career from early days with the misnamed Elsecar Cycling Club through National Service to winning the Tour of Britain and competing in the Warsaw-Berlin-Prague stage race. In between, there are vignettes of characters from cycling in the forties and fifties laced together by a passion that many, probably now retired, road racers of a certain age will recognise from their days in the British League of Racing Cyclists. The League dragged British cycling out of self-imposed torpor with its aping of Continental-style road racing before mortality in amalgamation claimed it at the end of the fifties.

Post-war Britain, the ordinariness and drabness of working class life, is painted vividly whilst the unexpected human touches Hewson encounters behind the Iron Curtain surprise and delight him. This is an often light-hearted look back at a world, if a little naive, evinced a spirit that is missing in the blandness and trivia that surrounds much of modern life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geoff of Wentnor on 21 Aug. 2009
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Again Tony Hewson has produced an enthralling insiders view of competitive cycling, complete with explanation of the politics involved and many stories and anecdotes, combining to form an unputdownable read full of insight and humour.
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Having read in Pursuit of Stardom Tony Hewson's previous book & enjoyed it i was equally happy with A Racing Cyclists Worst Nightmare. I related to his first book having raced in France , but over a decade later , however is was much the same story for myself . His latest book however is very informative on many things i was too young to take in at the time , especially the politics involved in cycling . I have a much clearer understanding of how the modern road racing , which i participated in in the UK came about . I have always had respect for the likes of Percy Stallard , Dave Orford, etc , but with this book i see things much clearer . All the other stories within the book are excellent stories in their own right . A Golden Age well yes & no , another time however when people had to make do with what they had . An enjoyable read , just one question Tony how come a ex racing cyclist can write intelligent stuff? Keep it up !
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By John Dowell on 16 April 2015
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