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Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy [Kindle Edition]

Tim Moore
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Book Description

A 3,162 km race. A 48-year-old man. A 100-year-old bike. Made mostly of wood. That he built himself.

Tim Moore sets off to recreate the most appalling bike race of all time. The notorious 1914 Giro d'Italia was an ordeal of 400-kilometre stages, cataclysmic night storms and relentless sabotage - all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine. Of the 81 who rolled out of Milan, only eight made it back.

Committed to total authenticity, Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless, wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike with wine corks for brakes, some maps and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles.

From the Alps to the Adriatic the pair relive the bike race in all its misery and glory, on an adventure that is by turns bold, beautiful and recklessly incompetent.

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"A considerable achievement" (Duncan Craig Lonely Planet Traveller)

"Painfully funny" (Tim Dowling Week)

"A wonderfully written, extremely funny book... You read Gironimo! with a permanent smile on your face" (UK Press Syndication)

"A superbly funny read" (Cycling Weekly)

"Readers of Moore’s French Revolutions will not be disappointed by this hilariously painful, and poignant, adventure" (Anna Carey Irish Times)

About the Author

Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points, I Believe In Yesterday and You Are Awful (But I Like You). He lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8083 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (1 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points and I Believe In Yesterday. He lives in London.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars might cause silliness in the old 31 May 2014
By John R
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I rode over the Connor Pass at age 61 after reading a couple of chapters of tim's great book. I wasn't laughing when I made it to the top. This man will cripple you if you give him a chance - laughter or coronary, it's up to you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic ride described with wit and skill 2 Sept. 2014
By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I've always thought that long-distance cyclists are the greatest athletes and reading Gironimo by Tim Moore has convinced me. To ride round Italy on the route of the 1914 Giro d'Italia is no mean feat, but to do it on a vintage bike with reproduction clothing from the period is an amazing feat

Tim already amazed his readers by cycling the route of the Tour de France (recorded in his book French Revolutions) but Gironimal describes roads and mountains which seem to be even worse, and with the addition of the immense heat (40+ degrees Centigrade) and the ongoing problems of his ancient bike, I could only admire his great stickability which kept him going day after day until he arrived back at his starting point 400 kms later.

There are three things which make this a fantastic read

1. The combination of Tim's ride with frequent flash-backs to events on the original 1914 tour - of interest to anyone who is interested in the limits of human endurance;
2. The travel aspects - this is a real tour of Italy and we learn much about the geography and culture of the country along the way;
3. Tim's huge sense of humour which pervades the book and makes it not only very interesting but also very funny.

I can't imagine how Tim managed to complete this ride - at times he appears to have been in the depths of hell, on the verge of losing his mind with despair and exhaustion. Yet he managed to find the inner reserves to keep going. I love the way that at the end of his epic ride he finds the acclaim he richly deserved, but in a very unexpected way.

I've read all Tim Moore's book, but this is the best. Buy it and see what travel/sport writing is all about.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous offering from Tim Moore 7 May 2014
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Ever since reading 'Frost On My Moustache' over a decade ago, I have eagerly awaited each new book from Mr Moore and this is no disappointment. Part travelogue, part record of athletic achievement and part work of history, it is chock-full of self-deprecating humour and fascinating information. I devoured it over a weekend. Hugely recommended.

Forza Tim!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravissimo, Tim! 3 Jun. 2014
I caught a couple of episodes of Gironimo! on Radio 4 and had to stop myself from listening to any more and buy the book. I giggled and snorted my way through the 300-odd pages in one very late night and a couple of red-faced, teary-eyed train journeys. This is not quite, erm, man and machine in perfect unison, but rather adventures and more often than not, misadventures of a bumbling, eccentric Brit on his ancient deathtrap of a bicycle, all recounted with great humour (and that slight tinge of madness after a long day in the saddle).

It is also quite moving in places, Tim obviously has a lot of affection for the hardy boys of the 1914 Giro, most of whom went on to never win a race or a stage again, some killed in the war not long after, all long dead. He brings the ghosts of those riders to life vividly, as he wobbles about in their tyre tracks in a long forgotten edition of the Giro.

Absolutely and wholeheartedly recommended to anyone who loves cycling and is in need of cheering up! Off to read French Revolutions now in antcipation of Le Tour.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS NOW! 14 May 2014
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Normally I'd only reserve heading into central London for a Monday shopping trip to buy a CD on its first day of release (yeah, I know) but I made an exception for Gironimo! Then I realised it was a fiver cheaper on Amazon, and as I've got my own knackered vintage bike (ok, from 1990) to repair, I waited patiently for the postman to deliver Mr Moore's latest, and save me a few quid. It was worth the wait. Tim Moore is the only author worth looking like an idiot on the 7.31 to Charing Cross for, as I laughed and snorted my way through the book each day. Another excellent edition to the growing list of fantastic cycling literature by the likes of William Fotheringham, Richard Moore and Ned Boulting, which is topped by the mighty French Revolutions by the same author.

It'll restore the faith of those of us that have copies of Not About The Bike staring shamefully down from the bookshelves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a bloke! 7 Jun. 2014
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Hilarious, as always. A really well-written book - lively, engaging, knowledgeable and laugh-out-loud-in-a-public-place funny. Tim Moore really does like to make life painful for himself!
Please do read this book - I guarantee you will enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing And Unputdownable 18 Jun. 2015
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This remarkable account of a middle-aged (well 48-year old) amateur cyclist completing the 3,300km 8-stage Giro D’Italia course of 1914 on 'period machinery’ is my first taste of Tim Moore’s writing and it certainly won’t be my last. As the cover blurb hints, Moore’s writing is reminiscent of (a more profane) Bill Bryson at his best – the closest comparator to Gironimo probably being Bryson’s challenging Appalachian Trail book, A Walk In The Woods. And, the initial stages of Moore’s account, as he tries to reconstruct the 'period bike’ to be used on reliving the 1914 race, are full of Brysonesque (and typically male) geekiness, but it is, of course, the physical scale of Moore’s challenge which makes it near-unique in terms of 'travel writing’.

As well as being genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, in parallel with his own exploits Moore charts the progress (which would make an astonishing book in its own right) of the actual 1914 Giro competitors – of which over half of the 81 starters did not make it past Stage 1 and only eight survived the entire race! Along the way, Moore also gives us an entertaining and intriguing glimpse into the Italian psyche (see Tim Parks’ writing for more on this subject) and evocatively conveys the country’s love for, and long history of, this most addictive of endurance sports.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Masochist Moore
Tim the Masochist Moore does it again - riding the thin line between celebrating his own stupidity/ endurance as opposed to the toughness/ superhuman endurance of the past heroes... Read more
Published 9 days ago by the macrae
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 13 days ago by Mrs M Walters
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for elderly cyclists
Great read for a good chuckle and appreciation of a formidable achievement.Tim reckons he is elderly but he is merely in his second prime.Enjoy
Published 18 days ago by Crickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for cyclists!
Another feat of endurance that us armchair adventurers can only marvel at. To put yourself through all that for our entertainment deserves a medal. Read more
Published 21 days ago by World Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
A must read for any amateur biker. Extremely witty and giving great insight into cycling history and paints a clear image of Italy. Makes me want to cycle through Italy myself.
Published 27 days ago by Susan S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Tim Moore Masterpiece
Every book I have read by Tim has made me laugh out loud.His descriptions of the pain, pleasure, the beautiful and not so beautiful scenery and the culinary delights are fantastic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MRS hedgehog
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very entertaining read. Well written, funny but quite poignant too. Good idea for a book and so well done. A great travelogue for Italy too.
Published 1 month ago by PGP10
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down !
I was not a great cycling fan but curious about this race. Fabulous book. What this man did to re create the race in 1914 was unbelievable. I was hooked from the start . Read more
Published 1 month ago by poppull
5.0 out of 5 stars L'eroica fantastico!
Hilarious as usual by Mr Moore.
If you enjoyed his rumble around France then you're going to spurt espresso out your nose reading this one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bang
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and funny road trip.
Like his other cycling book, this is a warm funny account and since the revelations about "Lance", amusingly reflects the authors feeling of disappointment that many of us... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tim
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