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Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson(9 posts)

Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpsonpitt83
Nov 18, 2003 5:10 PM
Anyone else read this? I just finished it and it's a powerful book. It's a retrospective biography of Tom Simpson and his life and death on Mt. Ventoux.

Goes into great depth about what racing and the tour was like in the early 1960's. Doping scandals and the "wink and a nod" attitude explained in frigthening detail. Highly recommended and a quick 2-3 night read.
I'll check it out...desmo
Nov 18, 2003 5:18 PM
Not much good cycling reading out there. One I really liked is "The Rider" by Tim Krabbe. A novel which follows the chess-like thought process of an European amateur throughout a one day race. From the 70's and I guess a bit of a "cult" classic, it's in print in paperback and available through Amazon, etc. My wife got it for me for my birthday a couple of of months ago. Swell read.
A couple others.Dave Hickey
Nov 19, 2003 4:55 AM
I liked "The Rider" also. Very good read. If you can find "Tales from the Toolbox". It's another good book. It's written by a former Motorola team mechanic. Currently, I'm reading "French Revolutions" by Tim Moore. This guy wants to ride the Tour Route just before the 2001 Tour. He has little or no training and wants to ride it in 6 weeks. So far, it's very funny.
re: Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpsonrussw19
Nov 18, 2003 10:15 PM
If you want to know a bit about the doping scene in cycling and how pervasive it was, read "Rough Ride" by Paul Kimmage.

I read it for the first time a few years ago, before the whole Festina Affair in the Tour.

It was interesting to say the least.

re: Tom Simpsonthe flying bean
Nov 19, 2003 1:28 AM
It was a great read. Particularly interesting because Tom Simpson's room mate on that fateful Tour, runs a bike shop in this part of the world. Colin Lewis is still passionate about cycling and it's always a great privilege to see him on the road, even better to ride with him.
The Flying Bean
Another Colin Lewis fan!!Cat 3 boy
Nov 19, 2003 2:40 AM
Hey it's good to hear from another Brit on this board.It's very seldom that Colin talks of his time in the Tour, but if you catch him on the right day he has some tales to tell. I managed to get him talking after describing my pathetic attempt to climb the Ventoux.

Are you in the Mid Devon CC?? Might see you at the club lunch next Sunday.

From a MDCC rider now moved to Somerset :-(
boring flat place......grumble grumble.......
The Unknown Tour by Les Woodlandteoteoteo
Nov 19, 2003 6:06 AM
I read a book called The Unknown Tour by a writer named Les Woodland. A pretty good read with some interesting detail you won't find in other books.
Two more cycling books: "Major Taylor" and "Graeme Obree"JonnyHu
Nov 19, 2003 7:07 AM
Just finished both of these. The Major Taylor biography is excellent and is a well-researched scholarly publication. An incredible story with an unfortunate ending. It's amazing most of us Americans are completely unaware of this guy. The Graeme Obree autobiography is just out this year and deals with his life up until the beginning of 2003. What a difficult trail he has ridden. It's well worth reading, but this is a REAL autobiography and is very unlike anything Lance has ever "written". This is the real deal - a guy trying to put his difficult life and times and feelings into words. I sure hope he's "out of the woods" and lives happily everafter. To my knowledge the Obree book isn't available in the U.S. yet - I ordered it from Amazon UK (shipping almost as expensive as the book).
Andrew Ritchie's "Major Taylor" is a great book....Gregory Taylor
Nov 19, 2003 8:13 AM
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, it should be required reading if you were going to teach "Bicycle 101" here in the 'States. Taylor was a class act, against some pretty incredible odds.

Right now, I'm re-reading some biographies of the Wright brothers, the inventors of the airplane. The 100th anniversary of powered flight is coming up in December. "The Bishop's Boys" is currently in process. I'm also working on writing a short article highlighting how bike technology found its way into the Wright's 1903 Flyer.