4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A thought provoking reflection of UK amateur cycle racing,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle (Hardcover)
'The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle' is primarily an account of the ingredients that make up the world of UK cycle racing and therefore is ideally directed towards the amateur racing cyclist. For a reader, such as myself, who has competed for a number of years in the sport, Seaton's account enables them to compare their own experiences of diverse issues such as leg shaving, road rage, the unwritten rules of the racing peloton and the feelings experienced when pushing your body to its limit with his own. From another angle, the book is very educating for those interested in UK cycle racing. Having started my racing career a few years after Seaton's ended, it was possible to learn about previous racing eras such as the 1974 Tour, when helmet use became compulsory in UK races and the battle between Boardman and Obree that captured everyone's imagination at the time. But most of all, this account shows the true world of the racing cyclist through the description of race days and Seaton's views of drug abuse in the sport. Furthermore, this book helps identify to the empassioned cyclist when it is time to hang up their wheels; the point when they no longer shave their legs.