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Anyone Else Read "Rough Ride" by Paul Kimmage?(6 posts)

Anyone Else Read "Rough Ride" by Paul Kimmage?Donger
Jan 6, 2003 2:56 PM
Read it during the ugly weather in No. Calif a couple weeks ago. Book was written awhile back and is an interesting account on life in the saddle as an amateur and anonymous pro domestique in Europe. Some of the stuff on doping got a bit tiresome but all in all a good book. Tough way to make a living...
re: Anyone Else Read "Rough Ride" by Paul Kimmage?12x23
Jan 6, 2003 3:53 PM
Read it about 10 years ago. Best I remember he painted a pretty dirty picture, although he stated Lemond was considered by his peers to be a clean rider.
re: Anyone Else Read "Rough Ride" by Paul Kimmage?GileyD
Jan 7, 2003 4:37 AM
I read it a couple of weeks ago. Interesting look at life as a pro, but, no disrespect to the guy, it came across to me as though he couldn't hack it and so wrote a book whingeing about the demands of the sport in general.

That said, I couldn't do half of what he did!
Yup -- Interesting ReadGregory Taylor
Jan 7, 2003 6:46 AM
The book and subsequent intereviews that he did to promote it didn't make him any friends, and actually cost him a few. He implied that Stephen Roche wasn't above some "help" now and then.

The main knock on the book is that he comes across as a big whiner -- which is true, but you have to remember that he wasn't a top line pro, and suffered mightily as a domestique. That would certainly color how he wrote about your experiences. I imagine that his account of a race would be different than, say, one put together by a Lemond or Fingnon.

You might also want to read "Yellow Fever" by one of the Editors at Procycling - the name escapes me at the moment. Good account of the '98 Tour.
Now you're ready for...Wayne
Jan 7, 2003 7:30 AM
Breaking the Chain by Willy Voet, the soigneur whose bust started the whole Festina Affair. Supposedly the French version is much better than the English version since he names names other than those caught doping. In the English version your just given "A former Giro winner, and wearer of the yellow jersey..."
Knapp Publications carries it...they do cyclingnews.com (nm)Gregory Taylor
Jan 7, 2003 8:03 AM