- Paperback: 179 pages
- Publisher: Mousehold Press (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 187473951X
- ISBN-13: 978-1874739517
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tomorrow, We Ride Paperback – 3 Sep 2008
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"A moving account of how two lowly Breton 'ploucs' upheld French honour during an era of great champions, epic Alpine battles, and the hard realities of postwar Europe." Luke Edwardes-Evans, Cycle Sport; "His story is of courage and disappointment, of highs and of lows and of two young Breton brothers who set out together on a road to cycling glory. It's a wonderful read that's just as inspiring as all those superb old Tour mags from years ago." Roger St Pierre, Cycling Plus
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Louison Bobet's career ran in parallel with French society as it came to terms with occupation and collaboration together with post-war social and economic modernisation. However, by the end of the decade there was a shift in cycling hierarchy. Koblet and Kubler were gone. Coppi died in 1960 and Bobet retired not long afterwards. Jean Bobet himself quit cycling in 1958 disillusioned by the influence of drugs on the peloton. He became a journalist, kept the secret until he could stand it no more and joined his brother in his thalasotherapy institute.
Jean Bobet offers unique insight into the mores of pro cycling when in its pomp. His book is memorable and emblematic of the period yet, more than that, it overflows with the intimacies and delight of cycling for its own sake
It is unusual mixture of autobiography about Jean Bobet and biography about his brother Lousion, falling exactly half way in between the two. This works well, as the two brothers stories are so closely linked anyway, and Jean adds quite a few telling insights without labouring the point, or writing about his brother at huge length. The final chapter is very touching as the two continue to cycle every Sunday into their old age, until Louison's death. Worth the money, for sure.
Within the first 17 pages Roland Barthes has been quoted, and a couple of pages later the protective Jean actually turns Barthes away from Louison's hotel room after a hard won stage victory. This is a book that really could only be written by a Frenchman or woman. As well as bringing to life the strain and horror that is climbing the Ventoux on a scorching hot day, Jean also draws from many aspects of life-intellectual, physical, cultural- and with an obvious love of language has created what I consider the best sporting book I have ever read. He is poetic but never mawkish in describing the sight of Coppi, Gaul, Kublet, Kobler and other post war greats heading the peloton, taking on the pave or conquering the legendary climbs that make up the Tour, the Giro and the Veulta. His writing is so enlightening and eases the reader in, that even someone with no interest in cycling would get drawn into it.
It is probably obvious that I am a big fan of this book, and its combination of influences mean it is no simple "he did this, I did that" narrative, but an inspiring, emotional and sometimes funny revelation of what life as a pro-cyclist in post-war France was like.
This short book by Jean Bobet recaptures the excitement and thrills of competitive cycling in its heyday, the time of Fausto Coppi, Louison Bobet, Koblet and Kubler and all the post WWII aces that rode in the Tour de France. He also describes the sheer physical joys of cycling in ways that I have not read before. As a piece of recorded history it is unbeatable, not least because so few professional sportsmen have the ability and training to write well.
Jean Bobet above all comes across as a decent man. He sticks by his brother throughout and clearly worshipped him, but even so he was not blind to his faults. Through his writings we get to understand a little about the self doubt that can beset a champion. They are there to be shot at, and none can stay on the pinnacle forever. The decline of the champion who can no longer keep the wheel is touchingly described. Bobet doesn't forget to describe the simple joys to be had from cycling with his brother after they were both retired. The `volupte' as he describes it. He speaks candidly about the use of drugs on the circuit. In those days it wasn't illegal. The great races are described and the characters around them. It was a book that I was sad to leave. Above all it was a book about brotherly love.Read more ›
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This is far more than just a memoir of a racing cyclist. It almost made me cry. (Not so my wife who thought the Bobet wives were poorly represented).Published 7 months ago by Eric Dolphy
A beautiful book. You don't need to be a cyclist to appreciate the dedication and love expressed in this.Published on 18 Nov. 2014 by James Gubbins
This is a great book and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is interested in cycling and the Tour de France.Published on 21 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book as a birthday present for a real cycling fan, he just loves it. There are too few 'good' books about cycling.Published on 4 Oct. 2013 by Arsinoe
The Bobet's were from a time when cycling was still a working man's sport. Jean was able to provide unending support & love for his more talented brother, despite him not always... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by Mark Allen