If, like me, you thought that a dissection of different types of cyclist in a Chaucarian style might not be your thing, don't be put off!
Parker's power lies in his acute observation: this is clearly the work of a seasoned cyclist, yet the portrayal of the various cyclists never becomes condescending or partial. From the Lycra clad 'roadie' to the long distance randonneur, the characteurs cannily address each in turn; their motivations and foibles, their eccentricities and fears.
While we may not like to be typecast, it's only natural to wonder which of the featured cyclists most resemble ourselves. At his best best Parker is highly poetic, really hitting the nub of what makes each cyclist do what they do.
I love these lines from 'The Randonneur's Tale':
"There is a certain place I like to ride
To get there I spend many hours outside
Beyond the pressing walls of time and space
Without the agitation of a race"
In short I really enjoyed this: it made me want to go out and ride!