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The Great Bike Race: The Classic, Acclaimed Book That Introduced a Nation to the Tour De France

Geoffrey Nicholson William Fotheringham

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Velodrome Publishing
14 April 2016
Sporting events, tours & organisations; Cycling
'The Great Bike Race' is revered by modern cycling critics and was the first book in English to tell the entire story of a full tour. Vivid descriptions of the racing, the personalities, tactics and intrigues of the 1976 race are rotated with insightful thematic chapters. Republished on the 40th anniversary of the race and original first publication. If Alpe d'Huez was a rigorous climb, with its mathematical progression of tight corners and steep inclines, the Izoard is far more awesome, a rocky wilderness at 7,743 feet, which needs only a few bleached skulls at the roadside to complete its sense of desolation. Geoffrey Nicholson's 'The Great Bike Race' is universally revered by modern cycling critics as the benchmark English-language volume of the sport and has risen to mythical status. It was the first book in English to tell the entire story of a full tour and truly captivates the reader from start to finish. Nicholson's classic, vivid descriptions of the racing, the personalities, tactics and intrigues of the 1976 race are rotated with insightful thematic chapters where he lifts the lid on the broader culture and lengthy traditions of cycling's most famous race and the greatest annual sports event in the world. On the 40th anniversary of the race and original first publication, Velodrome Publishing is most honoured to republish and celebrate this seminal cycling tome as the launch volume in the 'Vintage Velodrome' series of titles. AUTHOR: Geoffrey Nicholson was one of the most original, prolific and best-liked sports writers of the past 50 years. He helped transform the character of sports journalism in the late 1950s by eschewing tabloid cliches and public relations hype and introducing a quality of writing which matched that of the arts and foreign pages. He was to become sports editor of the Observer and the Sunday Correspondent, sports features editor of the Sunday Times and rugby correspondent of the Independent. Nicholson's main interest was cycling, and he covered the Tour de France for 20 years. 20 b/w photos
By:   Geoffrey Nicholson
Other:   William Fotheringham
Imprint:   Velodrome Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9781911162025
ISBN 10:   1911162020
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   14 April 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Geoffrey Nicholson was one of the most original, prolific and best-liked sports writers of the past 50 years. A modest, unassuming man, he was part of a small team at The Observer, who transformed the character of sports journalism in the late 1950s by eschewing tabloid cliches and public relations hype and introducing a quality of writing that matched, and was sometimes superior to, that on the arts and foreign pages. He was to become sports editor of the Observer and the Sunday Correspondent, sports features editor of the Sunday Times amd rugby correspondent of the Independent. Geoff's main interest was cycling, and he covered the Tour de France for 20 years. He has the distinction of being the first editor to publish a sports picture by Eamonn McCabe. Geoffrey Nicholson died in August 1999.

Reviews for The Great Bike Race: The Classic, Acclaimed Book That Introduced a Nation to the Tour De France

To be quite blunt about the current situation even in the year 2016, this is unquestionably the finest book ever written on the subject of cycling, bar none. The combination of the late Geoffrey Nicholson's (he died in 1999) observations, coupled with an impeccable writing style, make the Great Bike Race almost a complete education in and of itself ... Nicholson has captured a moment in time, one that will remain so pretty much forever. But in the manner of a novel by dickens, hardy or austen, the Great Bike Race is a volume that can be solely appreciated for its own values, values that are distinct from the race it describes and entirely separate from the final yellow jersey worn by lucien van impe on the champs elysees in 1976. It has taken forty years for this book to find me. Don't, under any circumstances, let this happen to you. -- Brian Palmer The Washing-Machine Post A reprint of one of the best-written and most thorough analyses of any edition of the world's greatest cycle race. -- Tony Farrelly Road CC an acknowledged classic. -- Claire Armitstead The Guardian


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