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The Story Of The Tour De France After forty years of study on the subject I can with some confidence say Bill and Carol McGann s The Story of the Tour de France is the finest such work ever produced in the English language and per

  • Title: The Story Of The Tour De France
  • Author: Bill McGann
  • ISBN: 9781598581805
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Story Of The Tour De France By Bill McGann, After forty years of study on the subject, I can with some confidence say Bill and Carol McGann s The Story of the Tour de France is the finest such work ever produced in the English language, and perhaps in any From the preface by Owen Mulholland, author of Uphill Battle Besides towering over all bicycle races, the Tour de France endures for its unique Gaulic charac After forty years of study on the subject, I can with some confidence say Bill and Carol McGann s The Story of the Tour de France is the finest such work ever produced in the English language, and perhaps in any From the preface by Owen Mulholland, author of Uphill Battle Besides towering over all bicycle races, the Tour de France endures for its unique Gaulic character, like Victor Hugo s Les Miserables The McGann s passionate and insightful writing evokes the raucous cast of riders, promoters, and journalists thrusting through highs and lows worthy of opera This volume stands out as a must read book for anyone seeking to appreciate cycling s race of races Peter Joffre Nye, author of The Six Day Bicycle Races America s Jazz Age Sport and Hearts of Lions There are LOTS of books on the Tour de France An increasing number of them are actually written in English However, of those, none educates Americans about this grand spectacle s rich past The Tour de France has a history as fascinating and sordid as Rome s and it is high time someone undertook to explain this to our American sensibility Our guide for the trip is a man with a ravenous appetite for both world history and bicycle racing, just the sort of person to paint a Tour champion with the dramatic grandiosity befitting Hannibal himself Pat Brady, Editor, Asphalt Magazine At the dawn of the 20th Century, French newspapers used bicycle races as promotions to build readership Until 1903 these were one day events Looking to deliver a coup de grace in a vicious circulation war, Henri Desgrange editor of the Parisian sports magazine L Auto took the suggestion of one of his writers to organize a race that would last several days longer than anything else, like the 6 day races on the track, but on the road That s exactly what happened For almost 3 weeks the riders in the first Tour de France rode over dirt roads and cobblestones in a grand circumnavigation of France The race was an electrifying success Held annually suspended only during the 2 World Wars , the Tour grew longer and complex with an ever changing set of rules, as Desgrange kept tinkering with the Tour, looking for the perfect formula for his race Each year a new cast of riders would assemble to contest what has now become the greatest sporting event in the world.

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    1. This is Volume One of Bill and Carol McGann s History of the Tour It s not really the story of but rather a synopsis of each year s race The narrator has a personality, but is not really a writer as much as a compiler of information Reading this book is like reading a transcript of a TV broadcast.The authors chose to deliver the drama in piecemeal fashion as if we were spectators to any year s race Overarching themes and dramas doping, rivalries, tour ownership are covered, but as asides After 1 [...]

    2. This is of a statistical reference with some fun anecdotes thrown in than a true history of the Tour, so I was a bit disappointed when breezing through each year McGann never presents enough about a rider or Tour organizer or racing season or stage of the Tour, to sink my teeth into He starts by explaining that in Europe bike racing is transformed into epic myth, cultural saga, and that in American journalism all this is lost in favor of sports science and strategy He goes on to support his cla [...]

    3. I m reading the Kindle version It doesn t have chapter links which is a pain but it s an informative, interesting and amusing read about the early days of the great race What beasts those first spectators were and I thought they were bad now I will think of the imbeciles that crowd the roads on the climbs with good will in future after all they are not openly sabotaging riders or trying to injure them so they can t race as they did in the first few Tours Imagine if a Le Tour stage went for 400 [...]

    4. This was a slog, with a few too many repetitive descriptions and too little context about the riders and their bigger picture to make for an engaging read Educational Yes But I am thrilled to have finally finished it.

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