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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)

Book Description

The author of the bestselling French Revolutions does Italy - cycling the course of the 1914 Giro d'Italia on a wooden bike. 'Bill Bryson on two wheels' Independent

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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 (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,216 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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13 of 13 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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5 of 5 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 Loved it. 28 Feb. 2015
By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE
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In this book, Tim Moore, disgusted by Lance Armstrong's drug use and general attitude, decides he will return to a more noble age. He will ride the route of the 1914 Giro d'Italia on an original bike. Or as close as he can get to one. The first section of the book is taken up with Moore acquiring and then renovating the bike. Then he heads off to Italy and spends the rest of the book riding round.

What makes this more interesting than it probably sounds is the humour that Moore injects - it is (genuinely) laugh out loud funny on a regular basis - and also the history. he compares his efforts with the efforts of the 1914 Giro. And those were the days when stages started at midnight and took up to 20 hours to finish (Moore tries to do each stage in 3/4 days). So we get an affectionate history of the Giro as well.

Sensibly, things speed up towards the end. Ultimately, it's a bloke riding through italy on an increasingly knackered old bike. But it is interesting, informative, well written and funny.

if you have any interest in cycling at all, give it a go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars a good book to dip into
Very witty, a good book to dip into.
Published 1 month ago by R Crump
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!
If you liked French Revolutions, you'll like this, too. When Tim Moore is on form, he makes me laugh so much I have to put the book down, and there were several such incidents with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ellie may
5.0 out of 5 stars Equally Entertaining and Interesting
If you've read any Tim Moore books before, you'll know what to expect; a wry and self deprecating account of an adventure, full of insightful observations and humour. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, thank you
Published 2 months ago by Ms B Domaille
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fab read
Published 3 months ago by sue in the hills
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by D. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked Tim Moore's other book, and this was more of the same,
Published 3 months ago by Guy W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Filled a gap in a groaning cycling bookshelf.. ...
Filled a gap in a groaning cycling bookshelf.... Its exactly what it says on the tin . Heard abridged version on radio n bought this on the back of that .
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