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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571303625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571303625
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Fotheringham writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. He is the author of a biography of Tom Simpson, Put Me Back On My Bike, which was acclaimed by Vélo magazine as 'the best cycling biography ever written' and Roule Britannia: A History of Britons in the Tour de France.

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In William Fotheringham's Racing Hard, the UK's leading cycling journalist looks back at a tumultuous time in the history of the sport.

About the Author

William Fotheringham began writing about bike racing in 1988 and was covering the Tour de France within two years, one of maybe half a dozen British journalists on the race. He spent much of the 1990s writing for Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport, combining that with work for the Guardian, who talked him into covering the Tour for them in 1994. On the sports desk in the Guardian he covered rugby as well as cycling, reported on the World Cup in 2003. His first full-length book, Put Me Back on My Bike, was published in 2002.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Safari Dino on 16 July 2013
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I've really enjoyed this and was thrilled to pay so little for a Kindle copy!

This is an interesting book and I like the way Fotheringham has put together his articles to make a cohesive story of cycling and in particular the rise of British cycling.

My main criticism of the author and most other cycling commentators is that they sat back and did little to challenge the doping culture and yet post armstrong confession feel they have a right to moralise over it all. Thank goodness for the likes of David Walsh!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By emma who reads a lot TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2013
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William Fotheringham has always struck me (in the Guardian) as occupying a rather cool position (unenthusiastic even?) with regards to cycling. Reading this book I've had to reformulate that opinion and have grown to love his style. He writes fantastically well, though always maintaining that certain distance from his subject. He prefaces this volume of collected journalistic pieces from over his whole career by explaining that he has always seen the role of the writer to be 'discreet, almost invisible where possible'. And at the same time, he has felt compelled to comment on the articles he has included, especially those which chart the stellar career of Lance Armstrong, even interrupting his former self at one point to explain why he hadn't made more of Armstrong's first infringement, the 'saddle sore' steroid finding of 1999.

I found completely compelling this combination of his desire to step back and observe, with our new-found knowledge of what was 'really' going on. It's particularly enjoyable because Fotheringham switches from including 'local colour' pieces, describing merguez sausage roadside barbecues, etc, to Tour De France diaries of each day's events, to proper large review articles taking overviews of the race as a whole. He captures the flavour of the race, and has a special ear for the telling detail, whether arguments within camps, horrific crashes, transport logistics or salary cuts; he manages to weave all of these in wonderfully.

And this is just the first half of the book! It is however what interested me the most, so I am focusing on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alipally on 8 July 2013
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What a find! As a cycling fan and cyclist since early teenage in the 80s this was perfect in covering the events and characters of my memories whilst still giving a nod to the cycling gods of earlier eras. How the book is structured takes a little getting used to, presented as almost a scrapbook of William's favourite reports / articles however once into the flow it works well, added to by his comments either introducing each of making a point with retrospective knowledge at the end.

From covering the evils of doping to giving an excellent insight into Team Sky and British Cycling this book has been an education, a trip down memory lane and a reminder of how special this sport is - especially as a British cyclist in these golden times.

Definite 5 stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Thomas C. Chatterley on 29 July 2013
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A good summary-type read of some of the best articles written by Will Fotheringham on al matters cycling.

The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars was because, as a Guardian reader for many years, I had read most, if not all of these articles in the newspaper, when they were first published.

Never the less, I recommend this book highly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren Rossiter on 3 Sept. 2013
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On the back of a series of great cycling books this one is a fascinating chronology of stories surrounding his years reporting on racing
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By Mr B. on 2 April 2014
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Can't go wrong with Fotheringham and this is no exception. Perhaps a fresh edition should be released considering the latest, I would probably buy it again as the book would be rounded off nicely.
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By Monty on 28 Mar. 2014
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A good read if you like cycling. Lots of short stories from the author which makes it nice and easy to read. His experience as a cycling journo show through in his broad knowledge of the pro cycling scene and all that goes with it. I would heartily recommend it.
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Well written in William Fotheringham's concise but informative style. Packed with information. Very easy to dip in and out of.
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