30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
three tales in one, highly readable, though not sure why,
By A Customer
This review is from: One More Kilometre and We're in the Showers (Hardcover)
A very interesting book for a number of reasons. Firstly, its not a typical contemporary cycling book - its quite interesting to hear about Hilton's youth, how he was brought up in a Midlands Communist party household and cycling being part of his escape to all sorts of places and people. Second, the history of club cycling in Britain - the racers, races and politics / organisation. Finally, he covers the history and characters of the classic races in Europe (but not through to latter day - he certainly gives the impression that he doesnt like the commercial modern ways of big races like the TdF). All of which is sometimes a bit hard going (personally I would have liked to learn more about Fausto Coppi and Eddie Merx than so many of the British riders and club politics) and occasionally mixed in with bouts of poetry and other literary pieces.
The book can sometime be a little pretentious in the ways it views the 'golden era' of cycling, traditions, French verses without translation for people like me... and so on
But the bottom line is it is hard to put down and before I knew where I was, I was at the end. I would summarise this as a worthwhile read from many different dimensions, I enjoyed it.