Put Me Back on My Bike

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Put Me Back on My Bike

Put Me Back on My Bike

In Search of Tom Simpson

  • Author: William Fotheringham
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1446435873
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 272
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Discover the story of Britain’s ultimate cyclist and his ill-fated race during the 1967 Tour de France, from the bestselling author of Half Man Half Bike Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist, world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He died a tragic early death during the 1967 Tour. A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs, and was accused of fixing races, yet the dapper 'Major Tom' inspired awe and affection for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life. Put Me Back on My Bike revisits the places and people associated with Simpson to produce the definitive story of Britain's greatest ever cyclist. The fully revised and updated edition of William Fotheringham's classic biography features a new foreword and postscript further exploring the truth behind the legend. ‘The best cycling biography ever written' Velo ‘A beautiful explanation of why Simpson's legend still exerts such a powerful hold’ Sunday Times

The Man and His Bike

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The Man and His Bike

The Man and His Bike

Musings on life and the art of cycling

  • Author: Wilfried de Jong
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1473529107
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 256
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The world as seen from a bike 'Understated, comic and melancholic... It’ll inspire you to get back on your bike.' Martin Love, The Guardian ‘One of the most entertaining sports books I have ever read’ Joe Short, The Daily Express In this award-winning collection of cycling tales, Wilfried de Jong uncovers the true soul of cycling – why we do it, why we watch it, why we hate it, why we love it – stripped bare. With his distinctly comic and melancholic charm Wilfried ponders life, love and death on his trusted bike, chasing the essence of our existence against the backdrop of major cycling events or while roaming alone in nature. Whether he is describing being ejected from Paris-Roubaix, a terminal incident with a bird while out riding, or explaining why he is standing stark naked on Belgian cobbles with a tyre in his hand, Wilfried unlocks a sport that involves so much pain, punishment, and a high probability of failure, but that will always liberate and inspire us.

What They Didn't Say: A Book of Misquotations

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What They Didn't Say: A Book of Misquotations

What They Didn't Say: A Book of Misquotations

  • Author: Elizabeth Knowles
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191500542
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 176
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Follow the money Fresh fields and pastures new A good day to bury bad news If the glove doesn't fit you must acquit Brings together a fascinating range of wrongly remembered sayings, popular summaries of original thoughts, and apocryphal or unverifiable comments attributed to a particular person. By revealing what was (and was not) really said, this book celebrates the colour and inventiveness of language change.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

  • Author: Susan Ratcliffe
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0198614179
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 580
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Provides coverage of literary and historical quotations. An easy-to-use keyword index traces quotations and their authors, while the appendix material, including Catchphrases, Film Lines, Official Advice, and Political Slogans, offers further topics of interest.

Le Tour

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Le Tour

Le Tour

A History of the Tour de France, 1903-2003

  • Author: Geoffrey Wheatcroft
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0743449924
  • Category: History
  • Page: 389
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When Henri Desgrange began a new bicycle road race in 1903, he saw it as little more than a temporary publicity stunt to promote his newspaper. The sixty cyclists who left Paris to ride through the night to Lyons that first July had little idea they were pioneers of the most famous of all bike races, which would reach its centenary as one of the greatest sporting events on earth. Geoffrey Wheatcroft's masterly history of the Tour de France's first hundred years is not just a hugely entertaining canter through some great Tour stories; nor is it merely a homage to the riders whose names -- Coppi, Simpson, Mercx, Armstrong -- are synonymous with the event's folly and glory; focusing too on the race's role in French cultural life it provides a unique and fascinating insight into Europe's twentieth century.

Seven Deadly Sins

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Seven Deadly Sins

Seven Deadly Sins

My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong

  • Author: David Walsh
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1476737126
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 432
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The basis for the upcoming major motion picture The Program directed by Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen, Philomena), starring Chris O'Dowd as journalist David Walsh and Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong. When Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France in 1999, the sports world had found a charismatic new idol. Journalist David Walsh was among a small group covering the tour who suspected Armstrong’s win wasn’t the feel-good story it seemed to be. From that first moment of doubt, the next thirteen years of Walsh’s life would be focused on seeking the answers to a series of hard questions about Armstrong’s astonishing success. As Walsh delved ever deeper into the shadow world of performance-enhancing drugs in professional athletics, he accumulated a mounting pile of evidence that led a furious Armstrong to take legal action against him. But he could not make Walsh—or the story—go away, and in the autumn of 2012, Walsh was vindicated when the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. With this remarkable book, Walsh has produced both the definitive account of the Armstrong scandal, and a testament to the importance of journalists who are willing to report a difficult truth over a popular fantasy.

Pharmacology, Doping and Sports

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Pharmacology, Doping and Sports

Pharmacology, Doping and Sports

A Scientific Guide for Athletes, Coaches, Physicians, Scientists and Administrators

  • Author: Jean L. Fourcroy
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134088809
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 240
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The work of dope testers is constantly being obstructed by the development of ever harder-to-trace new forms of banned substances. Organisations such as the World Anti-Doping Association and the United States Anti-Doping Agency are pioneering cutting-edge techniques designed to keep competition at the highest level fair and safe, and must ensure that their drug testing laboratories adhere to the highest scientific standards. In Pharmacology, Doping and Sports these techniques and procedures are explained by the anti-doping experts who practice them. Broad-ranging in scope, this book examines the effects of performance-enhancing substances on the athlete’s health; the role of anti-doping procedures as an ethical question, and explains the background to, and the emergence of, the anti-doping movement. The book also offers in-depth analysis of key scientific matters, such as: standard analytical and diagnostic tests for sports doping regulatory standards for laboratory proficiency common performance-enhancing techniques such as anabolic and designer steroids, blood doping, growth hormones, and gene doping carbon-isotope ratio testing. Written by some of the world's leading authorities on the science of sports doping, Pharmacology, Doping and Sports provides an invaluable study of up-to-the-minute anti-doping techniques. This book is essential reading for all sports scientists, coaches, policy-makers, students and athletes interested in the science or ethics of doping in sport.

Half Man, Half Bike

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Half Man, Half Bike

Half Man, Half Bike

The Life of Eddy Merckx, Cycling's Greatest Champion

  • Author: William Fotheringham
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • ISBN: 1613747292
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
  • View: 9510
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Eddy Merckx is to cycling what Muhammad Ali is to boxing or Pele to soccer: simply the best there has ever been. Merckx amassed an astonishing 445 victories. Lance Armstrong, by comparison, managed fewer than 100. Merckx didn't just beat his opponents; he crushed them. But his triumphs only tell half a story that includes horrific injury, a doping controversy, and tragedy. He was nicknamed "the Cannibal" for his insatiable appetite for victory, but the moniker did scant justice to a man who was handsome, sensitive, and surprisingly anxious. A number-one bestseller in the United Kingdom, "Half Man, Half Bike" is the definitive story of a man whose fear of failure drove him to the highest pinnacles before ultimately destroying him.

Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation

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Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation

Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation

  • Author: Susan Marie Ratcliffe
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 689
  • View: 759
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Presents proverbs and sayings from across the world to apt and memorable phrases and quotations from across the centuries. This edition of an Oxford classic traces the links between treasured sayings in our language, and explains their varied origins. It includes a keyword index and allows cross referencing.

Cyclopedia

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Cyclopedia

Cyclopedia

It's All About the Bike

  • Author: William Fotheringham
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • ISBN: 1613734158
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 440
  • View: 2983
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A path through cycling-specific information: slang, cycling stars, equipment, and nicknames The essential A-to-Z compendium of everything there is to know about the bicycle, this sports reference is full of amazing facts and enthralling anecdotes. Numerous entries have been updated for this paperback edition. A world of death-defying feats and obscure mechanical oddities, the nature of cycling is both heroic and geeky, and the perils of vicious dogs are given the same attention as the perils of drug and sex scandals. From the history of the Tour de France and Lance Armstrong's rise and fall to the origins of the quick-release system and Chris Hoy's dominance of the Beijing Velodrome, no element is omitted from this exploration of the bicycle and its faithful riders. Cyclopedia has all the equipment, the races, and the faces needed to convert any amateur cyclist into a fully fledged bike expert.