A Race for Madmen: The Extraordinary History of the Tour de France

3.86 avg rating
( 265 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780007321414: A Race for Madmen: The Extraordinary History of the Tour de France

No sporting event has had its past and present, its highs and lows so intricately entwined with those of a country like the Tour has with France. The Tour de France is the biggest annual sporting event in the world, and at the same time it transcends sport. The Tour de France comes to the people. It passes their houses, it turns right in their village squares, it thunders through their suburban streets and into the hearts of their towns and cities. It is a unique event in that people don't so much go to see the Tour, as it comes to see them. A Race for Madmen traces how the Tour de France has developed and examines tactics, bike technology and rider preparation too. It profiles some of the men who have won the Tour de France, and others who have been key players, looking closely at their lives and motivation. Subsidiary competitions, such as the King of the Mountains prize, are featured, as well as Tour lore and traditions. The book examines the Tour's extraordinary history, and how a bike race, a simple sporting contest captured the imagination of a country, then a continent and then the world, while at the same time it has stayed uniquely French, even though a Frenchman hasn't won it for over 20 years.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Chris Sidwells is a bestselling author, journalist, photographer and broadcaster; a writer of books, magazine and newspaper features on every aspect of cycling and fitness.

Review:

* `An intriguing read for almost any reader, not only those who are interested in cycling.'Tuam Herald* `[An] engaging and accessible account of the race's history.'Sunday Business Post

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Chris Sidwells
Published by Collins (2010)
ISBN 10: 0007321414 ISBN 13: 9780007321414
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Collins, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 480 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007321414

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Chris Sidwells
Published by Collins (2010)
ISBN 10: 0007321414 ISBN 13: 9780007321414
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Collins, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007321414

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
40.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.06
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds