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on 25 January 2007
This is a hilarious, delightful, gentle book on cycling by someone who has a wonderfully utopian view of cycling and its effects on people. A journalist who covered the Tour de France and who is clearly mad about bikes, he writes about everything from city cycling to long distance touring, from encounters with animals (both friendly and less so) and with people. If you love cycling this will put into words what you already feel. And if you don't, you may start to understand what you're missing. (And if you read French, couple this with "Un Petit Traité de Velosophie" - A small treates in 'velo'sophy" which I also strongly recommend.
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on 13 January 2011
I have read many cycling books; technical, training ,biographical, fiction and philosophical. This book stands out as the most enjoyable I have ever read which is saying something given the high quality of some wonderful writers on the sport. It is beautifully written and evokes the experiences that compels ordinary club riders like myself to ride. A wonderful description of cycling out from Lourdes before hitting the wall of the wall of the Hautacam. He describes the omnipresent sensation of wind. Interestingly the fiercest wind he ever experienced was in Galway, Ireland and like all of us, he was happy to delude himself as a flying machine when he had the atlantic gale on his back!

A book to read over and over again.
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on 21 December 2009
Make no mistake - this is the best cycling book I've read. Funny, whimsical and astute, it's a genuine breath of fresh air and totally unique

HOWEVER, the publisher should hang their head. Half of the book is unreadable, with pages out of sequence, blank pages and some pages missing altogether. If you're buying it, make sure you check it out when you get it.
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on 15 June 2013
One of the nicest cycling books I've read. Reminds me of all the reasons I cycle and happily returns me to my very first days on the bike.
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on 4 February 2014
You like cycling? You have to own this book: end of. Cheaper than one issue of Rouleur (in which it is serialised).
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