Rough Ride - Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist
First published in 1990, Rough Ride" is one of the greatest books ever written about the life of a professional athlete. Almost twenty years later Yellow Jersey is publishing an updated edition of this cycling classic with a new foreword by the author which reflects on his life both inside and outside the sport. Paul Kimmage's boyhood dreams were of cycling glory: wearing the yellow jersey cycling the Tour de France becoming a national hero. He knew it wouldn't come easy but he was prepared to put in the graft: he spent his teenage years cycling an average of 400 miles per week. The dedication began to pay off. As an amateur he represented his country and finished sixth in the World Championships. In 1986 he turned professional. That's when reality hit. He soon discovered it wasn't about glory and courage and it wasn't about how much training you put in or how much you wanted to win. It was about gruelling defeats complete and utter exhaustion and it was about drugs.
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