- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Random House UK; 2nd edition (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224061704
- ISBN-13: 978-0224061704
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,818,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist Paperback – May 30, 2001
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From the Inside Flap
e 1990 William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
A former rider in the Tour de France tells what life is really like in the world of professional cycling. This new edition is fully updated with two new chapters on the escalation of the use of drugs in sports.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Paul shows how tightly knit the community of riders is and what he had to put up with as someone who spoke up against doping. I think that culture may have changed now, as riders in 2013 have turned viciously against dopers in an effort to clean up the sport and their own reputations - but Paul was a pioneer in that regard. He writes about the bitter rejection he received and the abusive letters that came his way from members of the cycling establishment and then the media establishment, once he became a journalist and wrote about cycling.
Even though my knowledge of pro cycling is not what I would call great, I enjoyed this book immensely for its candour and for the revelations about a life lived on two wheels. For sure it's easier today for riders (Paul had to wash his own kit - unthinkable today), but the grim aspects of life as a domestique survive to this day I'm sure. The book is well written and compelling, and I found it hard to put down.
There is much more in this book but I found the book to lose focus after the original story with chapters of a lost cycling friend and also the death of another. But in closing he revisits the tour where he has been ostracized for writing of the doping while he was on tour. Actually, that's almost comical because all they used was amphetamines. The tour he revisits is won by Floyd Landis, disavowed French Open winner, also primarily responsible for Lance Armstrong's fall from grace. How is that for poetry?
I strongly recommend this book even though dated, for all cyclists or those with interest in cycling. Slow in parts but the primary story survives in tact and is very compelling.
He speaks from the point of view of the average rider. While he is tight with the Irish greats of his day (Tour de France winner Stephen Roche and TdF points winner Sean Kelly), he can't and doesn't speak of them beyond his personal experiences from sharing hotel rooms, training rides and personal relationships. If you are looking for a tell-all book about the greats of the Tour de France, you will not find it here. This is his story, no one else's. It's not a comprehensive book about sports doping or even doping in the professional peleton. What made his story notorious in its time was the fact that he dared to speak of it at all. His transgressions were minor but his story ostracized him from his cycling generation for years.
He updated the booking in 2005, when he ventured back into that world, albeit as a journalist rather than a rider. Things had changed yet stayed the same. His point of view is tainted now, in that he sees doping everywhere, just in a more sophisticated form than in his day.
This book is interesting not so much for the details but for the pressures on the riders to perform and to do anything/everything that the others must do. You and I have long commutes and sedentary lives that are required by our jobs; they have different job constraints that are just as binding, only theirs will kill them sooner. What a life! Thanks, Paul, for letting us see this life from your point of view.