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Ronde van Vlaanderen
on 9 September 2014
The Tour of Flanders one of the monuments of cycling, one of the oldest and greatest races in the world steeped in history and one of the intricacies of the sport in that the winner is generally considered more worthy than the world road champion! This book helps to explain why this is.
The book is not exceptionally well written, I found myself having to go back and work out who or what the author was talking about a few times. However I think that this can be put down to the authors over enthusiasm for the subject and not a lack of care on his part. His obvious enthusiasm added to my enjoyment.
I am not sure how this book would read to someone who did not have a fair knowledge of cycling and its characters and traditions, maybe you need to know, or be willing to learn about who they were and what made them special, otherwise it is a barrage of faceless names. I have been around cycling for a long time!
A definite must read for the cycling enthusiast on a wet and windy day when you are thinking that you will curl up in front of the fire and leave the bike in its shed!