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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:24 pm 
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"In Pursuit of Stardom: Los Nomades du Velo Anglais" by Tony Hewson.

A really good memoir of the early English 'privateers' who went to France in the 1950s to compete in Road Races over there.

Fascinating and hilarious in parts, possibly one of the best cycling books I've ever read.


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I got sent this book by a customer at work this week.He was having a clear out so natch he thought of me :)

Some of the info is still relative today :)

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Not sure about the bit that says a BMX is not suitable as a first bike though :?


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electronicaeric wrote:
I got sent this book by a customer at work this week.He was having a clear out so natch he thought of me :)

Some of the info is still relative today :)

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Had a couple of those books as I was growing up in the late 70s / early 80s.


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Last night I finished "Racing Through the Dark" by David Millar. It is the first biography/exposé I've ever read and I really enjoyed it.

Towards the end of the book he mentions another book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rough-Ride-ebook/dp/B0031RDVE6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=15SOR8M6ZHFI2&coliid=IVBMWRHDRLECV, so I might give that a try next.

I like the look of this one as well: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bad-Blood-Secret-France-ebook/dp/B0038LB4VW/ref=pd_sim_kinc_3


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Last night I finished "Racing Through the Dark" by David Millar. It is the first biography/exposé I've ever read and I really enjoyed it.


I thought it was a fascinating read.


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Would it be completely mischievous to mention It's not about the bike?


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I thought it was a fascinating read.


I bought it on your recommendation. :D


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I thought it was a fascinating read.


I bought it on your recommendation. :D


Did you? :oops:

I'm glad it didn't disappoint.


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chriscl wrote:
"In Pursuit of Stardom: Los Nomades du Velo Anglais" by Tony Hewson.

A really good memoir of the early English 'privateers' who went to France in the 1950s to compete in Road Races over there.

Fascinating and hilarious in parts, possibly one of the best cycling books I've ever read.


That sounds like an excellent book and probably a good backdrop to 'Put me back on my bike', the Tom Simpson book by Will Fotheringham.


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