Stephen Roche, whose cure for exhaustion was to go up a gear and fight harder, all the way to the ambulance.
Eddy Merckx, who hurt himself so badly in breaking the Hour record that, he estimated, he shortened his career by a year.
Beryl Burton, who crushed her (male) rival's morale with the offer of a piece of liquorice, before speeding past to victory.
Nicole Cooke and Edwig Van Hooydonck, who rejected dope and became legends.
The Hardmen tells the stories - the good bits, anyway - of the 40 most heroic cyclists ever. Their bravery, their panache and their perfect amount of dumb.
It reminds us that suffering on a bike liberates us from our daily lives, and that, in the words of Lance Armstrong 'pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever'; proof that even assholes can be insightful.
A fabulous insight into the pain and the glory from The Velominati as well as a beautifully produced book which will grace any cycling fan's shelf.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 365 g
Dimensions: 201 x 135 x 20 mm
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