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on 13 August 2014
A tragic story brilliantly told about the death of (at that time) the greatest British cyclist who had ever raced. Tommy Simpson was a victim of drugs, the system that operated at the time and the regulations which were enforced (such as limiting the amount of water riders were allowed to have). A great companion to the death on the mountain film, this book examines Tommy in much greater detail and brings home the absolute tragedy of his death.
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on 20 November 2012
I really only became interested in cycling as my son elected to cycle up Mont Ventoux. It is impossible not to be sympathetic to such a charismatic and driven human being as Tom Simpson, even in the light of the current drug problems. The practice being driven by the trainers and promoters (nothing new there then) the way the book switched from the story being told by the writer and the clips from the diary build the drama of the eventual demise of Tom Simpson on the Ventoux. I appreciate that he is kept at a low profile in sport because of the drug issues but he was a remarkable man. I think he looks a bit like Bradley Wiggins!
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on 24 April 2018
Read many years ago still brings a tear. a real message here. Well worth the re read,
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on 12 February 2013
After reading the book you realise how important Tom Simpson was in developing professional cycling in the UK. Without him there might not have been any of the recent UK success on the track or road. It is a shame his death is all most people know of the man. Greatness is not necessarily a measure of your results but how you are remembered. It is clear that great riders retain a magical power over their peers and public - however long ago they rode (or died). I am only sad that I was not aware of the exploits of Tom Simpson while he was alive. This book brings you as close as you possibly could to meeting Tom Simpson today.
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on 5 October 2017
A brilliant look at the racing life and death of Britain's first major cycling star. Well written, insightful - a gripping read.
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on 21 August 2017
thanks
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on 14 December 2014
Despite referring to an earlier era, this is probably one of the best insights into procycling ever written and an amazing biography of a flawed hero.
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on 20 April 2017
Fab read
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on 13 August 2017
Great book.
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on 27 June 2016
A great book about a great man.
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