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The Hour Paperback – 22 Jun 2006
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`constantly absorbing...frequently very funny'
-- The Saturday Telegraph. Rev by Toby Clements.
Wonderful new addition to the Yellow Jersey cycling list, the story of the only cycling record that matters.See all Product Description
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A thoroughly entertaining read about a subject I didn't know too much about.
Once you are into Hutch's endeavours the book is difficult to put down as you will him to succeed. A great holiday read.
While I cycled in the late 80's and kept up with news through the 90's, for me cycling in the new millennium has probably been restricted to the Tour. As a result I wasn't aware of Hutchinson or his attempt and the tale of his preparation had me equally gripped and aghast at the logistics and how it was pretty much on a wing and a prayer.
Somewhat perversely I found myself almost hoping the attempt failed as a result of the comedy of errors masquerading as preparations. Having got to the end I can only apologise to the author for ever having entertained such thoughts and not providing wholehearted support. He certainly deserves it for his application despite the numerous obstacles placed in his way and more so his ability to tell a story.
Read and enjoy!
Michael Hutchinson charts his sometimes erratic progress in pursuit of the ultimate cycling record - "How far can you ride in one hour?". He also takes us back to examine the lives of previous holders of this blue riband event of the cycling world - often with a wry smile at the unusual characters that have been involved.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. A great read!
The Hour is several books in one - Hutchinson intertwines the tale of the obsession and effort involved in preparing for his attempt on the hour record with a witty and interesting history of professional cycling, particularly past hour record attempts.
Hutchinson vividly brings to life characters from professional cycling past and present, including Coppi, Anquetil, Mercx and Obree. Perhaps as interesting as any of the old pros, however, are the characters involved in Hutchinson's own record attempt, not least his partner Louisa who comes to the fore as the book progresses.
The Hour is as interesting as either volume of Lance Armstrong's autobiography, its infinitely funnier than Tim Moore's French Revolutions and is as insightful as Paul Kimmage's Rough Ride - if you only read one non fiction book this year it should be The Hour.
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The writing sometimes seems a little odd, but my native language is not english.
It is fun though. To say more interesting things would be a spoiler
The service in receiving the book was very good. I enjoyed reading the book aqs it had been recommended to me. .Published on 30 Sept. 2013 by FRED
I haven't written a negative book review before, but I have to say, this is one book I wish I hadn't wasted my time reading. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2013 by ht
Great story of obsession, written with humour and insight.
An uexpectedly good read!