Recommend a cycling novel?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Panter, 18 Jan 2008.

  1. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    Having just read my first cycling novel (French revolutions) I'm keen to get my teeth into a few more ;)

    Any recommendations?
  2. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    The Hour - Michael Hutchinson
  3. longers

    longers Veteran

    The Rider by Tim Krabbe is one I've had recommended to me by a couple of folk.
  4. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Seconded. It's a real "novel" most other books are travelogues or biographies (not that they aren't good).
  5. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Not really novels but...
    'A Rough Ride' by Paul Kimmage.
    Anything by Josie Dew
    Anything by Dervla Murphy (although I can't stand them!)
    'It's Not About The Bike' and 'Every Second Counts' by Lance.
    I'm not a LA fanboi by any means, but they are good books. Mind you, when someone comes across in their own autobiography as being an arrogant self-centered pr1ck you do begin to wonder about them.
    If you liked French Revolutions then you might like stuff by Peter Moore. Travel rather than cycling, but Vroom with a View is excellent - going round Italy on a Vespa.
  6. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Panter, I have a few good cycling books which are gathering dust on a shelf somewhere. What kind of stuff are you looking for? I'll have a look later for titles, but most of them are about pro cycling if that would interest you. I could send you a few if you like.
  7. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Kimmage is an arse. For real enjoyable dipping-in, easy-to-read stuff, get hold of The Yellow Jersey Guide to The Tour de France.

    Obree's Autobiography is gripping stuff - he's a hero of mine as much because of the book as because of my memories of him back in the day.
  8. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Well, in the words of Kenny Dalglish: maybees aye, maybees naw.

    But there can be no dispute his book was "good" - surely.
  9. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Just thought of another cracking read - Push yourself just a little bit more - Johnny Green.

    He was Tour Manager for The Clash, and applied his ligging skills to the Tour. A really different perspective. Interesting view of drugs use as well!
  10. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Stop beating around the bush, and say what you mean!:thumbsup:

    He certainly needs to work on his self esteem a little. Whinge whinge whinge. Still enjoyed the book though.
  11. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    One of the best and worst cycling books are about the same person; Pantani.

    De Ronchi's book is shite, shite and shite.
    Rendell's book reflects the joy, the disappointment, the tradegy, the loss, the reality, provides an insight, reflects on then and now, shows compassion...
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member


    You're not going to start on about star trek again though, are you?

  13. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    I'll try not to:biggrin:
  14. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    The Escape Artist - Matt Seaton
    Around The World On A Wheel - John Foster Fraser
    No novels, but damn good. :biggrin:

    Josie Dew - ARGH! :thumbsup:
  15. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    The Lance Armstrong books. Very good, and very well written.
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