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5.0 out of 5 stars True account of life as a pro cyclist, 26 April 2002
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This review is from: Rough Ride (Paperback)
I think Paul Kimmage's book is outstanding. The newer edition adds details of the events following the book's first publication (about 12 years ago) into context and how it affected not only the sport of cycling but Kimmage's relationships with one-time pro colleagues (such as Stephen Roche) and the pro cycling 'brotherhood' generally. It is especially sad that the book led to him being an outcast yet in 1998 when half the peloton in the Tour de France were found to be doping, it was treated as a huge shock - yet Kimmage and others had tried before to reveal the truth. This book is a superb contrast to books by authors such as Graeme Fife, whose dewey eyed reviews of glorious champions and direct criticism of Kimmage's book are really put in their place. Read this book if you really want to find out about cycling.
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2011 16:34:37 BDT
Bahoonies says:
Paul Kimmage blew the lid off doping in professional cycle racing with his book and that was something that badly needed to happen for the good of the sport. The taking of performance enhancing drugs shames this wonderful sport and leaves a question mark over the astonishing feats of these amazing athletes. You find yourself wondering if so and so took something to give him that winning edge over other competitors. Your only comment on the book is to say that he betrayed his friends. Do you not agree that he did cycling a great service by exposing the cancer of drug taking or do you condone cheating in sport?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2011 20:47:52 BDT
Bobby Davro says:
Did you read the preface, let alone the book? He explicitly did not finger any of his friends. Yet many of those same sportsmen cast him out and made him a pariah, when they could have taken the opportunity to support his expose of the doping that was ruining their sport. Who betrayed whom?

Posted on 15 Oct 2012 10:15:35 BDT
Rough Ride is still a great book, not only in the sense that it exposes the culture of omerta and doping in cycling in the 80's but it is also a very good account of the mechanisms leading to doping as seen from the ordinary domestiques POW.
Paul Kimmage has ever since stood out as a lone opponent of doping and omerta culture in the world of sports journalists and kept on fighting despite having the world against him. The recent proceedings against Lance Armstrong have definately opened the publics' eyes and proven Kimmage right. Yet he still faces a lawsuit from the UCI for reporting details from the Floyd Landis interview stating that the UCI is corrupt.
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