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Tomorrow, We Ride [Paperback]

Jean Bobet , Adam Berry
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3 Sep 2008
"Tomorrow we ride. that's what my brother Louison and I used to say as we arranged to meet: every day while we were racing cyclists, and then just on Sundays when we weren't competing any more. We kept on riding until the end of his life, because even then - especially then, perhaps - we always understood each other best on bikes. We had always needed a bike beneath us. In the words of the song, we took the high road and the low road: in cycling, the glory days always have less glorious ones on their tail. Thanks to Louison, I had the good fortune to ride with him through the golden years, the 50s: the years of post-war reconstruction, of Coppi and Bartali, of Kubler and Koblet, of Gaul and Van Steenbergen, Anquetil and Darrigade. These are names that speak of the aristocracy of cycling, and the fierceness of the competition. Every day, Louison and I took pleasure in cycling together, whether on our intimate journeys through Brittany or the Alps, or in the frenzy of the Tour de France or Giro d'Italia." Jean Bobet. Jean Bobet's book is not so much a biography of his superstar brother Louison, nor his own autobiography, but rather an account of the intermingling of their two lives. And what lives - Louison, triple Tour de France winner and World Champion and Jean (no mean rider himself) who gave up an academic career to ride in the service of his brother in pursuit of sporting glory. Set in the period after the war, this story brings alive the romance of the great races and the star riders of the day whose exploits lifted the public spirit after years of conflict and economic hardship.

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  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Mousehold Press (3 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187473951X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874739517
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A moving account of how two lowly Breton 'ploucs' upheld French honour during an era of great champions, epic Alpine battles, and the hard realities of postwar Europe." Luke Edwardes-Evans, Cycle Sport; "His story is of courage and disappointment, of highs and of lows and of two young Breton brothers who set out together on a road to cycling glory. It's a wonderful read that's just as inspiring as all those superb old Tour mags from years ago." Roger St Pierre, Cycling Plus

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tomorrow We Ride 21 Sep 2008
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Jean Bobet is a cultured and articulate man. His book is an evocation of his famous brother, Louison, and a memoir of the traditions of the peloton and the workings of pro cycling in the fifties, the Golden Age of Continental road racing. The brothers' lives intertwined, the clever academic and the iconic champion. Everyone wanted to see Louison, to touch him, to read about him. He was the first to win the Tour de France for three consecutive years. Flamboyant, for some he could do no wrong. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, the writing is largely uncritical of its main subject, but he was not beyond rebuke from his younger sibling.

Louison Bobet's career ran in parallel with French society as it came to terms with occupation and collaboration together with post-war social and economic modernisation. However, by the end of the decade there was a shift in cycling hierarchy. Koblet and Kubler were gone. Coppi died in 1960 and Bobet retired not long afterwards. Jean Bobet himself quit cycling in 1958 disillusioned by the influence of drugs on the peloton. He became a journalist, kept the secret until he could stand it no more and joined his brother in his thalasotherapy institute.

Jean Bobet offers unique insight into the mores of pro cycling when in its pomp. His book is memorable and emblematic of the period yet, more than that, it overflows with the intimacies and delight of cycling for its own sake
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very evocative of the era 18 May 2009
I enjoyed this book a lot, as it was a wonderful evocation of cycling in the golden era of the 50's. All the great names are here, and lots of good yarns about Coppi (who Bobet along with all other ex-pros reckons to be godlike), Gaul (a great story about the battle in the Giro in '57), and Geminiani, who is rapidly emerging (to me) as a great character. The story about him bashing tifosi with his bike pump is a classic!

It is unusual mixture of autobiography about Jean Bobet and biography about his brother Lousion, falling exactly half way in between the two. This works well, as the two brothers stories are so closely linked anyway, and Jean adds quite a few telling insights without labouring the point, or writing about his brother at huge length. The final chapter is very touching as the two continue to cycle every Sunday into their old age, until Louison's death. Worth the money, for sure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great nostalgia for cycliing buffs 13 May 2009
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"Tommorow we ride" by Jean Bobet, brother of Louison Bobet.
This short book by Jean Bobet recaptures the excitement and thrills of competitive cycling in its heyday, the time of Fausto Coppi, Louison Bobet, Koblet and Kubler and all the post WWII aces that rode in the Tour de France. He also describes the sheer physical joys of cycling in ways that I have not read before. As a piece of recorded history it is unbeatable, not least because so few professional sportsmen have the ability and training to write well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 9 Mar 2010
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Remembering Jean Bobet as an occasional contributor to the "Sporting Cyclist" magazine back in the 1960s, I eagerly awaited the delivery of this book.
I wasn't disapointed, although in essence a cycling autobiography of Jean Bobet, the intertwining with his more famous brother Louison is inevitable. This gives a very unique insight into life in the profesional peleton in the 1950s.
My only slight criticism is that in places the translation to English is a bit clumsy, and you can only wonder why Jean who was a confirmed Anglophile as well as studying at Aberdeen University didnt undertake the task of translation himself. That is though a very minor criticism of what is an excellent outstanding read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brotherly Love! 27 April 2014
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I have to admit that I haven't read much from the `golden age' of cycling. The era of toe clips, non wicking clothes, no helmets and the galacticos of their time who did not disappear after a race to the blacked out team coach. The author Jean Bobet was a fine professional cyclist in his own right. He managed to win the 1955 Paris/Nice race which was no mean achievement. He was a man always doomed to live in his brother Louison Bobet's shadow. Not an easy cross to bear, but one that he bore lightly. Louison was the first cyclist to win the tour de France three times in a row. A mighty achievement given he was up against legends like Fausto Coppi and Charly Gaul. More than enough to make him an adored sporting icon in France! Bespectacled Jean was the more thoughtful and scholarly of the two. He was an anglophile who studied in Scotland. No surprise he finally gave up cycling to pursue a literary career, where he clearly had great talent.

Jean Bobet above all comes across as a decent man. He sticks by his brother throughout and clearly worshipped him, but even so he was not blind to his faults. Through his writings we get to understand a little about the self doubt that can beset a champion. They are there to be shot at, and none can stay on the pinnacle forever. The decline of the champion who can no longer keep the wheel is touchingly described. Bobet doesn't forget to describe the simple joys to be had from cycling with his brother after they were both retired. The `volupte' as he describes it. He speaks candidly about the use of drugs on the circuit. In those days it wasn't illegal. The great races are described and the characters around them. It was a book that I was sad to leave. Above all it was a book about brotherly love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic
This is a great book and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is interested in cycling and the Tour de France.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
I bought this book as a birthday present for a real cycling fan, he just loves it. There are too few 'good' books about cycling.
Published 13 months ago by Arsinoe
5.0 out of 5 stars A cycling classic
The Bobet's were from a time when cycling was still a working man's sport. Jean was able to provide unending support & love for his more talented brother, despite him not always... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cycling book I have read - possibly
Yes I think it is the best. I think it was the language, the intelligence of Jean Bobet, his style of writing rather than the content perhaps. Read more
Published 20 months ago by jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Beryl Burton's "Personal best"
A really evocative ramble through continental pro cycling of the 50s. Some description of doping practices, which is interesting in comparison to today. Read more
Published 23 months ago by DorsetBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest sporting book I have ever read
"On the following Sunday, he escaped"- a single sentence that, like Hemingway's "For sale, baby shoes, never worn" uses six words to tell a gripping, emotional story more than... Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by M. McCann
5.0 out of 5 stars From [...]
A warm and illuminating memoir by a rider with unique access to the European stars of the 1950s

Jean Bobet's story is an amazing one. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by T. E. Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful
This really is a must for cycling fans with any kind of interest in the sport's history. Before I picked up the book, I had heard of Louison Bobet as the first person to win three... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by Pete in Wiltshire
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read!
A beautifully crafted book/translation, highly recommended, my only regret is not being able to read it in the original French!
Published on 21 Sep 2010 by Alan Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended read for those with a passion for cycling!
Great read!! Fascinating perspective from someone who was very very close to one of cycling's greats - Louison Bobet. Read more
Published on 23 July 2010 by Brad
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