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Tour of Flanders: The Inside Story. The Rocky Roads of the Ronde van Vlaanderen

Tour of Flanders: The Inside Story. The Rocky Roads of the Ronde van Vlaanderen [Kindle Edition]

Les Woodland
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The Tour of Flanders is Belgium's most brutal day in the saddle. The bike-crazed Flemish don't just send riders over cobblestone roads. Nor are they content to break the racers' legs with nearly 20 steep hills. No, the worst of all cycling worlds meet in Flanders with narrow, vertical roads paved with slippery, dangerous cobbles. The hills are so steep they are called "muurs", or walls, and they come one after another, for hours, until the riders are shattered with exhaustion. The Tour of Flanders is so fiendishly difficult that the man who wins it earns everlasting fame.

Les Woodland tells the inside story of how the Flandrians became the world's most formidable racers, and of the dream of one writer to create a signature race, one that would showcase the Flemish virtues of toughness, endurance and determination. That dream became the Tour of Flanders, one of cycling's monuments. Come join Les for a fascinating ride in the cobbled hills of Flanders.

About the Author:
Les Woodland has been cycling for 50 years and has been writing about cycling since 1965, when he wrote his first reports for the British publication "Cycling". Since then he has been a prolific contributor to newspapers, magazines, web sites and radio stations in the U.K., the U.S. and Belgium as well as authoring more than 25 books. Mr. Woodland, who lives in France, speaks several of the languages of cycling: English, Dutch and French.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1170 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: McGann Publishing (1 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Why would a man publish a picture of himself in the shower? Because this isn't an ordinary shower. It's one of the showers in which riders wash away the blood, grime and exhaustion at the end of Paris-Roubaix.

I've been a writer ever since my mother told me it was no fit job for a grown man. That, of course, was all the incentive I needed and I joined the staff of Cycling in its greatest days. And I've carried on writing ever since, a job I recommend because it rarely demands going out in the rain for hours. Unlike cycling, where it seems to happen an awful lot.

I've spent all my life unearthing strange stories and personalities behind the world's greatest and oddest sport. It's been a huge pleasure.

People seem to expect this sort of thing, so... I'm French, I live near Toulouse, I never much troubled judges at the end of road races beyond making them stand around in the cold when they wanted to go home, and I have thinning hair.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Flanders puts Paris Roubaix in the shade 8 Feb 2014
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If you're passionate about cycling and the history of the classics then this is a must read. Having ridden this twice (sportive) it puts the pros event into absolute perspective
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 6 Feb 2014
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Brilliant book, very fun to read and very insightful on the history
and some of the characters around the race
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling - great insight into La Ronde 1 Feb 2014
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A very good read with lots of background history.

Author is a very respected and capable author.

Read it, do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short history of the country and race 22 April 2014
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Felt it was too short. Brief history of the development of the country and the north south divide. The division added nothing to the story and after that the race details were average. Pleasant read but not too taxing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic gift 22 Mar 2014
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Bought as a gift for someone with a family history to Belgium, absolutely loved it, makes a fantastic gift to anyone intrested in cycling, great maps inside
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