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Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson Paperback – May 29, 2003
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I read all the books and articles subsequently written about Tom, watched all the programs and videos, and over the years have been left with a cardboard-cutout impression of a talented, ambitious athlete who just tried too hard. Nothing wrong with that I suppose, after all, a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Now William Fotheringham's new book has added a whole new dimension to that flat cardboard cutout, and put real flesh and blood on the dry bones of Tom's story. Far more than a seedy drugs expose, the book puts the many aspects of Tom's character and the various pressures on him in his chosen career into perspective, and into the context of his life and untimely death. There is neither commendation nor condemnation of Tom, but he emerges from this book, as from no other book, as a real person, a real character, a real "lad".
I am now in my second childhood, and Tom is still my hero, and tears still come to my eyes when I think about him, but now I do believe I finally understand.
Fotheringham's Simpson becomes more than the mythical driven cyclist who died on the slopes of the Mt Ventoux. We see a full portrait of not only a talented and ambitious cyclist, but a husband, father, and complex human being. We get to know Simpson the person, not just the myth.
We also get more than just a glimpse at the world of professional cycling in the 60s, pre drug testing days. Just like his treatment of Tom Simpson we get a view of cycling that is more than the standard stories and myth. the treatment of cycling is also non-judgmental and sensitive, without hiding or covering up the facts.
The book is well written and engaging, certainly hard to put down. A great, if tragic read. I highly recommend it.
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