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Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy Paperback – 1 May 2014
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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)
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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
It'll restore the faith of those of us that have copies of Not About The Bike staring shamefully down from the bookshelves.
Please do read this book - I guarantee you will enjoy it.
As well as being genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, in parallel with his own exploits Moore charts the progress (which would make an astonishing book in its own right) of the actual 1914 Giro competitors – of which over half of the 81 starters did not make it past Stage 1 and only eight survived the entire race! Along the way, Moore also gives us an entertaining and intriguing glimpse into the Italian psyche (see Tim Parks’ writing for more on this subject) and evocatively conveys the country’s love for, and long history of, this most addictive of endurance sports.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent. You won't get a better book for a light-hearted account of such an event that became almost beyond human capability.Buy it, you will not regret it.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant. Interesting and funny follow-up to French Revolutions.Published 16 days ago by R. M. Dewsbery
I have read several of Tim Moore's books and enjoyed them all, but this was top. Excellent combination of personal mission, cycling history, travelogue and wit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr Brendan Langan
You don't need to enjoying cycling to enjoy this adventure. A very interesting read with a mixture of cycling insanity and humour!Published 4 months ago by Steve Bryant-Pulfer
So good I bought it for a friend too. Even better than his epic Tour De France book. The best cycling travelogue I have ever read.Published 4 months ago by Mr. J. R. Whiteley
The story of an enthralling, albeit gruelling, ride through Italy. The undertaking was indeed a mammoth task for anyone in middle age, but one admires even more the manner in which... Read morePublished 6 months ago by reader