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Rough Ride Paperback – 3 May 2001
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"Sent shockwaves through the peloton" (Daniel Friebe Outdoor Fitness)
"A devastatingly frank description of life on the professional road cycling circuit, hurtful in its telling of unwelcome truths yet powerful in its capture of what it takes, legally and illegally, to compete" (Mary Perryman Huffington Post UK)
"In the wake of the Armstrong affair, you can’t move for books about doping, but Kimmage, and ex-pro rider himself, was the first to ‘spit in the soup’ back in the 1990s... A must read for any cyclist" (Cyclist) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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Against all this, Paul is forced to deal with the ever-present tumour of doping in cycling. As he struggles to accept his physical limitations as a human cyclist, he finds himself having also to compete against the drugs that fuel those around him to success. Eventually he leaves the sport, disillusioned, bitter but with his head held high.
The honesty, frankness and innocence of the book makes it compelling stuff, and I think it should appeal to anyone, not just those interested in cycling or sport. The 1998 drugs scandal, which happened several years after this book was published, sadly verifies much of what Kimmage describes.
Thoroughy recommended reading for anybody interested in cycling.
That he felt wretched being a part of the politics and cheating is part and parcel of an aspect of cycling that few people knew about until recently. Kimmage's high-profile spat with Stephen Roche was a precursor to Greg LeMond v Armstrong - for similar reasons.
This book was a genuine ground-breaker - Kimmage really put his neck on the line and had to face the predictable fallout for what he wrote. A far cry from the disingenuous "apologies" and press conference conversions we've seen from the likes of Bjarne Riis.
The original and still the best. Unfortunately, it's still all-too relevant.
Paul Kimmage had the going for glory dreams that we all have even now in adulthood. His honest and sometimes very shocking description of what actually goes on in pro cycling is very intreging.
Homourous moments also throughout the book....a must read
This book is a real eye-opener into the whole issue, it openly describes what goes on within the peloton, "charging up" before races. However, one huge important fact comes through. They're not taking drugs to cheat, not to win the race. They're taking drugs to get them to the finish line, even if it's in last place, to be able to start again the next day, to avoid the humiliation of abandoning.
If you have an interest in any sport,or you have any opinion of drugs use in sport, I highly recommend you read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Must-Read for any cycling- or sports-interested person. Disillusioning and honest account of life in the 2nd row of the pro-peleton.Published 4 months ago by Mr W.
I page Turner for sure, sad aspects but insightful and well written. I enjoyed the honest account even if depressing at times. Don't be a pro cyclist, that's for sure.Published 6 months ago by David Kennedy
Well written, a good account of the struggles faced by the pro peloton. Left me wanting more though. Worth a read.Published 8 months ago by Supermurph
Great read and explanation of what was what, whilst he was cycling in a team and afterwards. A real eye opener. Fully recommended even for non cyclists!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer