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"The most authentic book ever written on making a living as a pro cyclist in Europe."— Bob Roll, Versus TV cycling commentator
“I saw my first pro kermis race during my first week in Belgium, and it felt like trying to escape a hall of mirrors but not being able to read the exit signs. Everything was larger than life and more grotesque than I had imagined. But kermis racing was not all about the drugs. If the grand tours are like classical music, kermis racing is punk rock, Belgian-style.
At some point during the season, our team was invited to a stage race in France, but our team director had made an agreement for us to race a big kermis in Brugge. My buddy Cocquyt decided that we should go as hard as we possibly could from the gun in the kermis, team time trial style, and then peel off at the end of the 11-kilometer lap, laughing at all the guys we had tortured as we took off for the other race. Of course, we all coughed up blood for the entire trip to France, but it was strangely worth it, as if we had smashed our guitars, poured beer on the audience, and walked offstage before the end of the first song.”
Joe Parkin's life changed when he left America to become a professional bike racer in Belgium.In this brutally frank memoir, Parkin celebrates the glory of racing but doesn't flinch from the cold reality of that life—the drugs, the payoffs, the betrayals by teammates, the battles with team owners for contracts and money, the endless promises, and the sheer physical pain of racing day after day.
Set in the hardest place in the world to be a bike racer,A Dog in a Hatis one rider's story of his love affair with professional cycling.
We have here a true cycling story, but one that's not just for cyclists or cycling fans.
If you are like me and put off reading the last chapter because that would mean the end of a fabulous read, buy this book.
When a book is not well-written it is difficult to stay interested in it, no matter how interesting the subject.
Hilarious, conversational, and blunt I found it a refreshing read compared to the quintessential "Sports Hero" book, of "How I became, and why I am, the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by T. Bear
Enlightening insight into Euro racing in the eighties...and title says it all. Mud, drugs, blood and betrayal. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott
I have already passed it around to my friends who also have enjoyed it. The best part may be Bob Rolls forward!Published 6 months ago by Bruno
Thoroughly enjoyable journey through the less glamorous world of minor league cycling. Further proof that the combination of cycling and Belgium leads to a hard edged compulsion... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Charles Shepherd
It was interesting to read, especially since I have moved just a couple of days ago to Holland and a amateur cyclistPublished 8 months ago by The Gillmers
A great book with insight into Belgium racing. This book does an amazing job of showing the race and non race side of cycling. Read morePublished 11 months ago by MK
I thought that this is one of the few books I have run across that describes what professional cycling is like on the inside. Most of the focus is on european road cycling. Read morePublished 12 months ago by toxdoc49