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Riding Through The Storm: My Fight Back to Fitness on the Tour de France Kindle Edition
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Each chapter is titled after the corresponding stage of his 2005 Tour and contains a delicate balance of anecdotes about the stage, his football career, his battle against Leukaemia and some of the fellow sufferers he has met since undergoing treatment - done in such a way that it did not make me want to put the book down, or fast forward the discussion of your football career.
I see that Geoff is undertaking another Tour this year and he will certainly be getting my backing again this time round, especially after reading this... Chapeau Geoff!!
I picked up the book expecting it to be a focus on the ride and the battle against leukemia. It's a mixed bag and I was left with the feeling that it tried to cram to much into too few pages, it was autobiography, ride highlights vs. low points and the cancer battle story.
For me it had too much emphasis on the football, the missed chip against France is an obvious and overstated sore point and in places the narrative repeats itself or contradicts itself in a short space. On meeting Graham Taylor again at Wolves, we are told that he grinned as if to say we meet again Geoff, a few pages later we are told that when they met again Graham Taylor said ahh we meet again. I suppose the editing of the book lets it down.
There are great moments concerning the ride such as when the fans emerge from their camper vans late in the night to cheer the riders up the final climb of the day. You get a sense of the suffering endured everyday and I suppose that the ride is one long punishment with a few noteworthy events occuring every other day.
Just to ride one stage of the Tour is a great achievment for an experienced rider but for Geoff and the team to do it after only six months of cycling and training is a hats-off colossal thing - good for you Geoff.
I like football and cycling so for me it was Good
I never realised what he'd gone through with his illness and all that comes with it
I just remember hearing about it at the time
It gave me motivation to get my bike out and get up those hills
So thanks Geoff for the inspiration.
But a book on Geoff's days as a player would not be that interesting to any but a hard core of fans, even one who underwent 27 operations during his career. Instead of a linear autobiography, this book has three strands interposed: his playing days; his being diagnosed with leukaemia and the treatment he endured; and - the effort that really makes his story stand out - his decision to lead a small team to ride the entire course of the Tour de France in 2005 in order to raise money for research into the disease which nearly - and still could - kill him.
The Tour is the only section of the book that is presented in chronological order. It is split up with excerpts about his footballing days, and the harrowing tales of his cancer treatment. This is a good idea as the tales of chemotherapy and radiation treatment are harrowing. The cycling sections are also full of angst at times, as the sheer scale of the team's achievement shines through.
Don't buy this book if you want to read about Geoff's playing days, as there is not much of that. But if you want a tale of overcoming great obstacles and the successful accomplishment of a man who frankly should never have even contemplated the training required, let alone tackling the Alps and the Pyrenees, then I thoroughly recommend it.
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Loved this book, inspired me to put a whole lot more effort into my riding. Have re read it a couple of times now.Published on 14 Dec. 2012 by Sydneysider
Whenever you feel that life is throwing things at you that you can't handle, take a read of this book. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2009 by Mr. P. Haslam
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