The Great Bike Race

The classic, acclaimed book that introduced a nation to the Tour de France

Geoffrey Nicholson

The Great Bike Race is revered by modern cycling critics and was the first book in English to tell the entire story of a full tour. Vivid descriptions of the racing, the personalities, tactics and intrigues of the 1976 race are rotated with insightful thematic chapters.
Publication date:
April 2019
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Contributor(s) :
William Fotheringham
Language:
English
Illustration :
photos
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781612007007

Dimensions : 198 X 128 mm
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£8.99

Overview
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• Complete with illustrations from the 1976 race and some additional examples of Nicholson's cycling writing
• New introduction by William Fotheringham, cycling correspondent for The Guardian

"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.