On the Road Bike The Search for a Nation's Cycling Soul, or, Sniffing the Yak-Skin Show, or, the Great Eccentrics of British Cycling

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Publisher's Synopsis

'British cyclist. It used to be an oxymoron, a sort of silliness. Like French Cricket'

Ned Boulting has noticed something. It's to do with bikes. They're everywhere. And so are their riders. Some of these riders seem to be sporting sideburns and a few of them are winning things. Big things. Now Ned wants to know how on earth it came to this. And what, exactly is 'this'.

In On the Road Bike, Ned Boulting asks how Britain became so obsessed with cycling. His journey takes him from the velodrome at Herne Hill to the Tour of Britain at Stoke-on-Trent via Bradley Wiggins, Chris Boardman, David Millar (and David's mum), Ken Livingstone, both Tommy Godwins, Gary Kemp (yes, him from Spandau Ballet) and many, many more. The result is an amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cycling.

'Funny, fascinating and frequently touching ... will be enjoyed by anyone with even a passing interest in cycling. No bib shorts required' Guardian

Book information

ISBN: 9780224092098
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Yellow Jersey Press
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 796.60941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 322
Weight: 244g
Height: 198mm
Width: 132mm
Spine width: 21mm