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A lightweight book about hardmen.
24 August 2017
One of those books that doesn't live up to its own hype. The gung-ho prose style loses its novelty factor pretty quickly and the jokes and witticisms seem to all be repeated at least once if not several times. I can't say it was bad, it was okay, but a bit disappointing. With more research, more stories and less of a downhill racer style it could have been a much better book. So many riders left out it even started to admit some of the ones it could have put in! So why didn't they? Couldn't be arsed seems to be the answer. It berates the reader about how great cyclist punish themselves to achieve their greatness but doesn't follow that example and just bashes off this book without putting the sweat and hard grind in to make it something special. Also the cover of the hardback had a curiously rubbery feel to it, rather like a dry condom! This is the sort of book you give as a present, not treasure yourself.