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Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike by [Fotheringham, William]
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Within the world of professional cycling, no name conjures such complete dedication and domination of the sport than that of Eddy “the Cannibal” Merckx, dubbed for his voracious appetite for winning. Fotheringham expertly traces Merckx’s career from his early races in Belgium to his successes at the Tour de France, painting a nuanced portrait of a man best described by his wife as “driven on by a power that was unique to him.” The power behind this account is Fotheringham’s skill in bringing Merckx’s races alive on the page. Woven throughout is a thoughtful discussion of the impact of Belgium’s ethnic divide between Flemish and French and its affect on Merckx’s career, as well as insightful analysis of how Merckx’s quiet and introverted personality helped to build his mystique. While Fotheringham clearly holds Merckx in high regard, he avoids the sycophantic tone of many sports biographies by placing Merckx within the wider cycling world at the time. This approach gives a rich depth to the book while still paying tribute to a remarkable athelete. --Eve Gaus

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"Merckx - a natural champion who regularly rode himself and others into agony and glory - is a fine choice for a writer of Fotheringham's skill and cycling knowledge... A fascinating, often bleak portrait of remarkable athlete and an unnerving man." -- Brian Schofield Sunday Times "A fine portrait of obsession" Financial Times "Remarkable and impressive ... everything you want to know about Merckx and more." -- Richard Abraham Cycling Weekly "The Cantona or Muhammad Ali of cycling, this Belgian's story is amazing - and it's told by one of the greatest cycling reporters around... Top Notch" Loaded "The full unvarnished of one man's heaven, and hell, on wheels." i, Independent

Product Details

  • File Size: 3044 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (March 22, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224074482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224074483
  • ASIN: B00778MI0S
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I would strongly recommend this book even for those only faintly interested in cycling. As a current recreational rider and former amateur racer this was both an informative and insightful read. I particularly enjoyed reading about his family and upbringing and the touchy relationship in Belgium between the Walloon's and Flemish. It was also informative to the read the politics in the early years around not him chasing Belgian teams but rather switching to Peugeot and then Faema and Molteni. However the book shines in descriptions of classic races and victories, particularly the clashes with Ocana and Fuente. Cycling is poorer for an era where there was much greater variability in performance and Merckx could lose 8 minutes in a stage when at his prime. In the current climate his two positive tests were a good read, a product of naivety rather than a systematic attempt to deceive it seems. The short description of family and an amazingly supportive wife will stick. Great book.
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This is an excellent book. It is very hard in the US to find books on Eddy Merckx yet we're drowned in Lance Armstrong profiles. This is a travesty that this book cures. Everything that you've ever wanted to know just as advertised "half man" about his life, upbringing and the little bits along with "half bike" where we get vivid descriptions of his triumphs as well. All of this and with the benefit of interviews with participants decades afterward fill-in the full picture of what happened during the Merckx era that has never been actively covered in the states. This is such a vivid book that whenever I read portions relating to a race....I could literally feel it in my legs! Enjoy the era of Le Cannibal!
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This was a birthday gift from my daughter who knows how much I love bicycling. I was skeptical when I started reading the book because I have read other biographies that were poorly written or I didn't care for the attitude of the cyclist (Lance Armstrong). If I were to find fault with this book it would be the lack of information about his wife. She needs a medal. I bought copies for my bicycling relatives.
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I actually bought this book for my husband and he says that while it is interesting, he prefers books about professional bicycling that are written by the star of the book (for instance, a recently read book BY Laurent Fignon). I'm just pleased that he is back into reading again. Now I'm searching for more Tour de France riders personal accounts for him to read. Wish Bernard Hinault would write a book, also Miguel Indurain. Recommendations requested!
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I am not and have never been a "bike rider" and know next to nothing about "the Tour de France" or other such events, but reading this book was amazing! What this guy accomplished during his career is staggering! I have read many books about different athletes but have never come across such a career in any sport! Quite amazing....I'm now looking for a bike!
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I enjoyed reading this book. I had heard of Merckx like almost anyone that follows cycling even a little but I didn't know much more than him being praised as the greatest cyclist of all time. I wanted to know a bit more about him, his origins and his personality and his exploits during his racing career. This book covered all those elements well. I left with a good overview of his career and of his style as a cyclist. The writing was clear and concise. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Merckx and his racing career.
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Any cycling fan needs to read this!! Eddy is an icon in our world and a perfect example of perseverance! Read his story, learn about the man and the bike! You will learn things to use in any part of your life, whether a cyclist or not. Very well written and the story is told in a very engaging way!
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I was an early teenager living in Belgium (live overseas now) when the Merckx era started.

He certainly had a good influence on our generation.

We didn't have time for naughty stuff, all that mattered was jumping on our bikes after school or during Holidays, race friends, pretending to be Merckx (I did).

The writer reveals a lot of details of Merckx's career in his book. The drive, the ambition, the struggle of the Man. Details I was never aware of.

My admiration for Eddy Merckx remains the same after all those years and it was nice to be able to look back at all the achievements of his.

If you are a cycling fan or a Merckx fan, certainly worth reading.
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