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It's Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life
It's Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life
by Lance Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

92 of 108 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not about the bike....it's about the EPO, cortisone, actovegin, testosterone and blood doping, 11 Oct. 2012
It's not about the bike....it's about the EPO, cortisone, actovegin, testosterone and blood doping.
It's about bullying teammates and team staff to build a massive doping conspiracy, ridiculing and marginalising anyone that questions you or your unbelievable performances, and discarding and trashing the reputations of those that want no part of it.
Mind you, it's a groundbreaking employment of the unreliable narrator in a biography.
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Gold
Gold
by Chris Cleave
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a book about cycling...but only just, 19 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Gold (Hardcover)
I was given this book as I am a keen, if limited, cyclist. I am perhaps being a touch pedantic as a consequence, but this strikes me as a poorly researched book, or one which discards any pretence at realism to spice up the story. And given that it is overwhelmingly about cyclists and cycling, that is a slihtly surprising approach.

The most annoying invention is the idea that one person can be an olympic champion at both the pursuit (which lasts longer than 4 minutes...more than the 1500m) and the matched sprint(where, tactics aside, the result is typically determined by raw speed over a distance covered in a little over 10 seconds). In athletics it would be like Usain Bolt winning the 1500m or Kelly Holmes winning the 100m....something that will never happen. There are plenty more glaring errors (nonsense race formats, phantom velodromes, cyclists preparing and training in ways they wouldn't dream of doing) but I perhaps shouldn't bore you with them. Factor in the pen-portrait characters of Jack - Chris Hoy (charismatic, nice, scottish, supremely gifted and confident without ever seeming arrogant), Kate - Victoria Pendleton (slight for a sprinter, racked by self doubt) and Zoe - Rebecca Romero (ferociously self assured and with an absolute determination to win) and the story resembles fan fiction. Entertaining, but with ciphers as characters, badly researched, and a bit lightweight as a result.

I won't say you won't enjoy it a bit, but don't expect any more than an airport novel.

If you want something better, might I suggest the following:

For a novel about cycling, read The Rider or Bad to the Bone (Original Fiction in Paperback). If you want to read a true story about a cyclist dealing with the themes of illness explored in the book then read The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle. It is an absolutely wonderful book. If you want to find out more about the wonderful sport of track cycling from a human perspective read Chris Hoy: The Autobiography or the less well known Heroes, Villains and Velodromes: Chris Hoy and Britain's Track Cycling Revolution.


The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle
The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle
by Matt Seaton
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful elegy, 5 Dec. 2010
Matt Seaton's book is richly evocative of so much. For someone like me who knew and recognised many of the characters behind their pseudonyms, it brings back very fond memories of training sessions at Herne Hill, rides around the north downs and getting hooked on racing. But his description of ultimately having to put cycling into perspective as a hobby and not the all-consuming passion one might want it to be, when other responsibilities have to take priority, relates to a near-universal rite of passage; how much we have to let go of that past life is just a matter of luck. The passages about his wife's illness and death are beautifully written and incredibly sad. If you can bear it you should also read Ruth Picardie's Before I Say Goodbye, which is her own telling of her story.
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Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ 320GB HD Digital TV Twin Tuner HD Recorder - Installation Recommended (Old model)
Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ 320GB HD Digital TV Twin Tuner HD Recorder - Installation Recommended (Old model)

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly unreliable, 28 Nov. 2010
Repeatedly freezes when performing hard disc operations, requiring a 5+ minute reboot to clear. Recording appears haphazard, with programmes being missed inexplicably. To cap it all, today it formatted the hdd on reboot, wiping all programmes with no option to cancel out of this process. It leaves me seriously considering switching my 4 year old free view hdd with 80gb back in for it - far more reliable.
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In Pursuit of Glory: The Autobiography
In Pursuit of Glory: The Autobiography
by Bradley Wiggins
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rushed book doesn't do justice to the subject, 22 Jun. 2010
Bradley Wiggins is a great rider and an interesting character. This barely proof-read book, with its grammatical, spelling and factual mistakes, does not do him justice, and smacks of being churned out in (too) short order to turn a quick buck following his performance in the 2009 TDF. Regardless of Wiggins' relative merits as a subject compared to (say) Chris Hoy or Mark Cavendish, this book is far less readable than either 'Boy Racer' or 'Heroes, Villains and Velodromes'. Once you've read them there are still about 2 dozen books I'd recommend in preference to this.
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