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Mindless good fun, it's not a cycling oddessy.
on 12 December 2009
I was originally going to leave a stunning review, but before I did, I thought I'd have a read of other reviews, and it didn't colour my thoughts, but it made me think a bit more clearly about the book itself.
It is a good and funny book, but please do not read it if you are interested in improving your own cycling or want to read it as some form of achievement, he does complete most of the course, but cheats, diverts and moves away from some of the discipline that the tour riders themselves can't, he uses drugs, loosely interprets the route and as a few other reviews have mentioned, the repetitiveness of the stages does wear a little
He does pick and highlight some very French habits, and intersperses some very interesting facts throughout the book, but you do end up feeling that the lack of direction in the book has led it to be part travelogue, part experience, part personal journey, part comedy effort....
If I could have, it would have got 3.5 out of 5