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Professional cycling has been around for over 100 years, more than enough time for nearly anything imaginable to have happened. Whether it's the Tour de France racer who thought the worst thing that could happen to him was being forced to wear the Yellow Jersey, or the communist team director who insisted, on a whim, that a rider have a toe amputated, or the fit of jealousy that started the Giro d'Italia, the sport has an endless supply of examples of human folly. Les Woodland has the perfect knack for telling these improbable, silly, crazy, and absurd stories.
About the Author: Les Woodland is a tall and balding man who never once troubled the judges in his lengthy and persistently unsuccessful career as a racing cyclist. Having failed to make even a mild profit at cycling, let alone a living, he took to writing about it instead. That was in London in 1970. His mother dismissed the idea as no job for a grown man. Mrs. Woodland is no longer with us and her son now lives in southwest France, 20 km from the route of the first Tour de France. But somewhere unseen, she is shaking her head in despair.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Les Woodland is a long-time bicycle racing correspondent for several cycling publications and websites. He is also the author of "The Crooked Path to Victory: Drugs and Cheating in Professional Bicycle Racing".


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 160 Seiten
  • Verlag: McGann Publishing (20. Februar 2010)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Ride on the Wild Side of Cycling 21. März 2010
Von James L. Witherell, Author, Bicycle History - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
In a sport where professional riders often take themselves way too seriously, it is refreshing to get a glimpse now and then of some of their funny or even strange sides, and this book doesn't disappoint.

While there may be a couple of stories in the book that you've heard before, most of them will be new even to serious students of cycling history, since this book is, for the most part, NOT a retelling of tales we've all heard over and over again. Woodland, who's lived on The Continent since about 1970, put a lot of time and effort into tracking down some of our sport's more colorful, if not always well known, characters for a cup of coffee and a good long chat. A couple of the stories come from Woodland's personal meeting with former Tour de France leader Wim van Est, for example.

In the interest of full disclosure, my book, Bicycle History is also published by McGann Publishing, but, as you can see if you look at my Listmania list from January, (it is March 20 as I write this)you'll notice that I've always been a big fan of Les Woodland, and that continues with this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful cycling morsels... 30. April 2010
Von Paul Scarpelli - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
This is a collection of quirky, anecdotal short stories about competitive road cycling, written by someone who has toiled as a racer as well as a writer. Les Woodland's writing style has a Nelson Algren/Studs Terkel feel, and you find yourself slowing down to savor every word. These are generally little tales about obscure people in and around the sport of cycling, and Les has a talent for making them entertaining and memorable in his two to four page stories. Many, if not most, of the stories are absurdly funny.

My favorite nugget is "How Not To Organize a Tour," which centers around Les' "brilliant" idea to have one stage of the Tour de France actually take place in England. (I believe this is the only story where Les plays a role.) While working at Cycling magazine, they mocked his idea, but now they embraced it. In self-deprecating fashion, Les says "One day people will thank me and talk of my vision and drive." But after preparing for the stage across the Channel with "Biblical zeal," the stage was a dismal failure. Bikes were impounded by customs. Crowds were thin. It was a logistical disastor. The racing stage was lethargic and uninspired. It was a failure..."Unknown to me and everyone else in Plymouth, things had started to go wrong. On the other side of the Channel, the advertising caravan had decided to stay in France. The people who fling out cheap junk from the back of trucks dressed up as dead flies or vacuum cleaners were not going to pay for a long crossing to a country where nobody knew the products they were selling...It was miserable as it was, driving a huge dead plastic fly around France to advertise insect spray; to go to some awful wet country where everyone knew the food was dreadful and where the fly spray wasn't on sale anyway was out of the question."

This is a must read for anyone who has ridden a road bike a long distance in bad weather, any classic Tour de France fans, or just anyone who appreciates finely-crafted funny little stories. I read this delightful book over and over, and when not being read, it sits in a bookcase next to a Thurber collection. For good reason.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Think the world is crazy today ? 30. April 2011
Von valley rider - Veröffentlicht auf
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If these stories were not true, you would say "ridiculous, who expects anyone to read this stuff ?" Bike lovers, if you need a few chuckles on a tough day, buy it.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great 5-minute reads 4. Oktober 2012
Von Victor A. Bary - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
If you follow the Tour de France and other European cycling events you'll love this irreverent history of European cyclists and cycling. The stories are strange, and funny, and all run 2-6 pages in length so are great for when you have quick snatches of free time. The stories run from the very beginning of the Tour, late 19th century, through about 1980, with an emphasis on the last decade of the 19th century and the first 3 decades of the 20th century, a time before cycling was a big money, highly organized sport.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Crazy men, crazy sport 4. Mai 2013
Von SciBin - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
As an ex-road cyclist for a pro-am team I really enjoyed the madness and believe it or not some of these crazy goings on are not one-offs! Thanks for the laughs, and for bringing some old memories back. If you love cycling despite the modern era witch hunts (cry babies!), you'll thoroughly enjoy this book. The author has a great story telling ability, and I'll be reading more of his 'Crazy Stories' books.
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