The Great Bike Race: The Classic, Acclaimed Book That Introduced the World to the Tour De France (Paperback)
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The Great Bike Race: The Classic, Acclaimed Book That Introduced the World to the Tour De France (Paperback)

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"If Alpe d'Huez was a rigorous climb, with its mathematical progression of tight corners and steep inclines, the Izoard is far more awesome, a rocky wilderness at 7,743 feet, which needs only a few bleached skulls at the roadside to complete its sense of desolation." Geoffrey Nicholson's The Great Bike Race is universally revered by modern cycling critics as the benchmark English-language volume of the sport and has risen to mythical status. It was the first book in English to tell the entire story of a full tour and truly captivates the reader from start to finish. Nicholson's classic, vivid descriptions of the racing, the personalities, tactics and intrigues of the 1976 race are rotated with insightful thematic chapters where he lifts the lid on the broader culture and lengthy traditions of cycling's most famous race and the greatest annual sports event in the world.

Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 9781612007007
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm


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Nicholson has captured a moment in time, one that will remain so pretty much forever. But in the manner of a novel by Dickens, Hardy or Austen, the Great Bike Race is a volume that can be solely appreciated for its own values, values that are distinct from the race it describes and entirely separate from the final yellow jersey worn by Lucien van Impe on the Champs Elysees in 1976. * The Washing-Machine Post 06/06/2019 *
A reprint of one of the best-written and most thorough analyses of any edition of the world's greatest cycle race * Road CC 06/06/2019 *

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“"...as beautiful as it is brilliant. A worthy edirtion for Nicholson's work."”

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