Catriona McCabe, 28, only ever known at Cat, is trying to improve her career as a sports journalist and get over a failed relationship.
What better way to do both than to spend the summer following the Tour de France?
Plunged into a male press corps, Cat has to fight for space and for stories. From Provence to Paris, up the Pyranees and over the Alps, Cat and her entourage of podium girls, anxious wives, autocratic team directors and seasoned hacks pursue the boys on bikes. With sex, drugs, large bulges and larger egos, the soap opera that is the Tour de France unfolds, with Cat's life frequently mirroring the peaks and perils of the race. Take a ride on the wild side...
Catriona McCabe, 28, only ever known as Cat, is trying to improve her career as a sports journalist and move on from a failed relationship. What better way to do both than follow the Tour de France one Summer? From Provence to Paris, up the Pyrenees and over the Alps, Cat and an entourage of podium girls, anxious wives, autocratic team directors and seasoned hacks pursue the ruthless riders. With sex, drugs, lashings of lycra, glistening thighs,large bulges and larger egos, the soap opera that is the Tour de France unfolds with Cat's life frequently mirroring the peaks, perils and pace of the race.
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Cat McCabe is 29 and the youngest of three sisters brought up by their Uncle Django--a man with unusual culinary tastes ("I made pizza tonight," Django says proudly. "I had some bread that was going a bit off so I tore it up, added a little oil and beaten egg and a drop of ketchup, formed it into a base and baked the bugger. I added a topping of sardines, chicken liver, a little more ketchup and some Stilton.")--after their mother ran off with a cowboy from Denver.
A budding sports journalist obsessed with cycling, she's just been offered the chance of a lifetime--covering the Tour de France for the Guardian. But she's a little on the fragile side, having been dumped by her boyfriend of five years, and thus lost loads of weight and self-confidence. How will this English version of Ally McBeal survive the testosterone-fuelled cycling race? Will she succumb to the muscular thighs and obvious bulges of the sexy cyclists--and they to her slim English gorgeousness? How will she cope as one of only 12 women in the thousand-strong press corps? Will her Ex show up? Will he want her back? Does she want him back? And what about Ben York--team doctor for Megapac, the American outsiders? He seems to be flirting with her, and there's definitely Chemistry. But if he's after Cat, why was he looking deep into the eyes of Monique, the stunning Coca Cola podium girl? And, when the three gruelling weeks are over, will Cat get the features editorship she craves at Maillot magazine?
Lots of sex, angst, female bonding, cycling and lycra, plus a realistic smattering of wee and dysentery from the acclaimed author of Sally, Chloe and Polly. --Lisa GeeReview:
"Very racy indeed -- Jilly Cooper on wheels." --"Woman's Own"
"An original, direct, funny new voice." --"Independent on Sunday"
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Book Description ARROW, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099446774
Book Description ARROW, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099446774
Book Description ARROW, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99446774