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On the Road Bike: The Search For a Nation's Cycling Soul by [Boulting, Ned]
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"Funny, fascinating and frequently touching ... will be enjoyed by anyone with even a passing interest in cycling. No bib shorts required" (Helen Pidd Guardian)

"Don't expect to read a better sports book this year. Funny, serious, quirky, hard hitting." (Brendan Gallagher)

"Quirky, insightful, soulful. Could be subtitled 'cyclists are odd - discuss'" (Matt Dickinson @DickinsonTimes)

"It's very funny, surprisingly insightful and features telling observations from a litany of engaging personalities along with Ned's amusing take on his own cycling experiences" (Wheelsuckers)

"Boulting is a delightful narrator, amusingly preoccupied by his own middle-class roots" (Financial Times)

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An amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cycling from Ned Boulting, the author of How I Won The Yellow Jumper.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; Reprint edition (30 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CA88LHO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read Neds Yellow Jumper book before this and saved this until I went on holiday. I got more than halfway through this book just on the outbound flight, it's a fantastic book. I'm fairly new to cycling, I don't know much about it's history in the UK - some names are talked about but others I have never heard of. Ned has met many British cyclists through the process of writing this book and he tells their stories very well. I feel I now know so much more about the history of British cycling thanks to this book.

For those who haven't grown up in the world of cycling, it is a good insight into the past and how it's led to the present day, the traditions of the sport and the unspoken rules. There is as much focus on the everyday man (or woman!) cycling on the local country roads as there is of British riders from the Tour de France from years back. I think this book has something for everyone and it's well worth a read.
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Good read.
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If you're at all interested in the history of British cycling read this- full of amazing anecdotes and a great tribute to a lot of the early pioneers of the sport in this country.
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Funny, informative and easy to read - recommended.
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After tackling the Tour de France in his first outing, Ned Boulting now gives us a book about Britain's domestic cycling scene: an affectionate one, but laced with the properly British quota of eccentrics and devoted amateurs. Each chapter is devoted to a different portrait, ranging from Tommy Godwin, who cycled 75,065 miles in a single year (1939), to a sharply-dressed Gary Kemp, from 80s pop band Spandau Ballet, who now spends Friday morning nipping round Regents Park with other sartorially-minded cycle enthusiasts.

It has no pretensions to be comprehensive, instead picking out details beautifully. Ned Boulting would, I think, like to have us believe that he is a rather bumbling journalist (he is full of stories of calling people the wrong name, emailing the wrong champion, not knowing he's been talking to a cycling great etc). And yet his writing style is evocative, detailed where it needs to be, but never dull; he tells a story with such verve, and captures each interviewee's conversational tics with great style. This is a sharp, very funny book, but also shows Boulting to be a highly-crafted writer: "you really are much stronger than you realise", texts Chris Boardman to him re cycling, after they do a long ride together, and I can't help agreeing, bookwise.
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I bought this to read in the evenings during my week following the TdF and wasn't disappointed. It's written in the same casual conversational style that Ned's Yellow Jumper book uses, and it makes for a relaxing read esp outside a tent with a vin rouge late into a french evening.

The early chapters do contain a bit too much of Ned doing the "I'm not good enough to be any part of this" routine but once he gets into the meat of the book, talking to and about characters from cycling's past the book takes off and soars. The chapter devoted to the two Tommy Goodwins is brilliant. I read it twice.

It's a thoroughly enjoyable ramble round the history and background of the UK cycling scene, and would be equally suitable for those who have been part of it, or will be in the future. As a bonus I bumped into Mr Boulting (my mate Ned!) at the end of the St Malo stage of this year's tour, and he's a decent bloke so I'm happy to recommend this book wholeheartedly.
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Another cracking read from Ned, he writes as an oursider who is new to cycling and makes sense of it as he write but really he's becoming part of the British Cycling Establishment so this tour of the characters that make up the history of British cycling is a great book for him to have come up with. We've had enough of reading about the great riders and races of the continent it's time to have the British Isle story put on a paper. This is really a series of separate essays, some touching others hilarious, some both. Keep riding and writing Ned!
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By Big Jim TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2013
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Anyone familiar with Ned Boulting's previous books, his work on the telly or indeed his Twitter feed, will know what to expect here. A humorous, self-deprecating wander through the modern cycling world from pro to amateur and everything in between. I don't think I'm doing him down by saying that he wouldn't have any great pretensions at having turned out an overly psychological or technical book. No, this is a personal journey through the sport delivered much as it might be discussed down the pub and is all the better for it. My only complaint? Can we have some more please?
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