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Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro
Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro
by Charly Wegelius
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, bad language, 9 July 2014
A good book for enlightening starry eyed amateurs about the shady world of pro cycling, spoilt by the constant inclusion of bad language. Why authors think a cart load of Anglo-Saxon expletives will increase sales I just don't know. This language is fine for the factory floor or the peloton, but has no place in a book. I almost gave up on it after two chapters. I'm pleased I didn't as Charly has a salutary tale to tell of an insecure world, and you do feel empathy for him. His version of the betrayal of the British team in the world championships (for 30 pieces of silver read 2,500 euros) does little for him other than highlight the murky scene he was part of. He's quite right that the expectation that riders work for free for another pro is wrong. However, betraying your country is not an action that finds favour with either fans or the public at large, and I'm sure his action closed more doors than it opened.


Epson Stylus Photo P50 6-Colour Photo Printer with Individual Inks
Epson Stylus Photo P50 6-Colour Photo Printer with Individual Inks
Offered by jj-pc-store
Price: £189.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good printer, pity about no USB lead, 7 Dec 2011
Good quality printing, reasonable speed, easy software installation. It would get 5 stars but for the absence of the USB lead. THERE IS NOT ONE SUPPLIED. You have to study the tech. spec to find its absence noted in the small print. They're are not expensive, £4, but it is frustrating when you've waited in all day for the printer to be delivered, only to find you cannot set it up as the equipment is incomplete. Hopefully someone in the company will make the product description clearer


Sky's the Limit: British Cycling's Quest to Conquer the Tour de France
Sky's the Limit: British Cycling's Quest to Conquer the Tour de France
by Richard Moore
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 6 Nov 2011
A good story, and a testament to David Brailsford and his employees' hard work in establishing a world class team in a short time. It is therefore a pity that the author has chosen to garnish his text with swearing and bad language in every chapter. Anglo-Saxon expletives may be the lingua franca of the peloton, or indeed any workplace, but including such words in the text is poor. Any worthwhile writer should be able to get his message across without such words, and including them is like taking drugs to win races - cheating. Similarly making comparisons with, and taking analogies from, football and its personalities detracts from the story. Use the odd one or two by all means, but constant references to Man Utd and Alex Ferguson for example indicate a limited imagination. I'm pleased I only paid £9 and not the cover price. I am unlikely to read it again, and certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. I think my best bet is to lend it to someone and hope they don't return it.
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In Pursuit of Stardom: Les Nomades du Velo Anglais
In Pursuit of Stardom: Les Nomades du Velo Anglais
by Tony Hewson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific story by a pioneer, 29 April 2009
Tony Hewson's story of his attempt to make the grade as a professional cyclist in Europe makes compelling reading. Had he been born 50 years later his career would have been managed by British Cycling's Academy, and he could have looked forward to success of the standard of Chris Hoy and Mark Cavendish. Unfortunately, in his day, you had to attempt this alone, coping with illness, injury and culture differences single-handed.
To make the progress he did (along with John Andrews and Vic Sutton) speaks volumes about the guy's character. It should be read by every youngster with ambition - whatever his or her sport


Man on the Run: The Life and Death of Marco Pantani
Man on the Run: The Life and Death of Marco Pantani
by Manuela Ronchi
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing tale ...., 27 May 2006
As someone who has unsuccessfully tried to pull back a work colleague from alcoholism and its fatal consequences, I have great sympathy with Manuela Ronchi and her harrowing tale. However, from a cycling perspective it makes sad reading. All the '90's pro's were using EPO and Pantani was unlucky enough (like the Festina team) to get caught. His lack of contrition led the authorities to hound him, and his profligate use of cocaine to blot out the truth could only end one way. If you want to read about Marco Pantani, the biography by John Wilcockson (published by Velo News) makes a much better choice.


Inside the Peloton: Riding, Winning and Losing the Tour de France
Inside the Peloton: Riding, Winning and Losing the Tour de France
by G Fife
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.19

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing read, 16 Dec 2003
As a lifelong cyclist, I was pleased when a colleague lent me this book. A couple of hours later that pleasure had evaporated by the time I had trawled my way through this hotchpotch of a book. There are plenty of facts about the those cyclists whom Fife regards as key T de F characters, and most of them are correct. However, the overall impression is that this author has cobbled together a series of second and third hand stories to use as a platform for self promotion.
Few cyclists have much interest in mythology, French slang, and quotations from Noel Coward, for those who are this book would be ideal. For the rest of us there are other cycling books which would make a better choice of reading this Christmas - William Fotheringham's Simpson biography, or Graeme Obree's 'Flying Scotsman'.
I'm just relieved I hadn't actually bought 'Inside the Peloton'. It certainly isn't on my Christmas list this year, and won't be in the future.
John Richards


Flying Scotsman: The Graeme Obree Story
Flying Scotsman: The Graeme Obree Story
by Graeme Obree
Edition: Paperback

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving story, 8 Oct 2003
Graeme Obree's motivation to achieve the cycling one-hour world record must make him unique. His childhood left him feeling worthless, an emotion that has dogged him throughout his life as his personal barometer swings from high to low and back with alarming consequences. On high, he undertakes training schedules few could match, and combines his athleticism with an insight into bicycle design which is sensational, given that the machine has remain vitually unchanged for 100 years.
On low, he attempts sucicide, conflicts with those closest to him who are trying to help, and drinks to forget.
Reading this candid autobiography is compulsive, you just can't put it down. As you finish the last page you hope that the tide has turned, and the Obree family will live happily ever after. If you buy this book you will be helping to ensure that they do.
John Richards


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