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Summary ✓ A Race for Madmen 102 Characters A Race for Madmen To exhibit the most extraordinary feats of human endurance from its competitors Now cyclist and journalist Chris Sidwells brings the Tour to life. A Race For Madmen as a history of the Tour de France suffers badly from inconvenient timing It s release date was 2010 two years before the bomb dropped on Lance Armstrong It also suffers from a brutal naivete that in all honesty was probably a self preservation techniue considering litigation happy Lance Armstrong and his oh so willing lawyers that are no doubt taking him to the cleaners as we speak A further epilogue that covers events from 2010 to today might help make the book slightly relevant but not muchThe Lance Armstrong revelations those of his teammates and other parties included have demonstrated once again the cognitive dissonance and outright self delusion of the sport of professional and likely elite amateur cycling Drugs are rife in the sport and are not going to be making an exit anytime soon Anyone who thinks the sport of cycling is clean is a wide eyed innocent who is far too easily duped The sport of bodybuilding has a saying to end any argument about drug use in that sport Freaky big sells For a long time it did For cycling enthusiasts freaky fast sells and the tour hasn t slowed down not matter how much the organizers and certain teams maintain that they are clean Even though the author states that he is not na ve about drug use in the book he demonstrates time and again that his is Most of the evidence can be found in the last couple of chapters specifically those involving Lance Armstrong There is reference to his having to answer charges of drug use including a reference to David Walsh s book LA Confidential but it seems that the author didn t take the time or was too afraid to really investigate the evidence that David provides in his book All this does not reflect well on an author that can recount a uote from a cyclist in the 1920s and 30s stating that there is Cocaine for our eyes chloroform for our gums pills for strength We run on dynamite and not connect that with the sport to this day of pharmaceutical sophistication page I ve stated in other reviews why I was sure that Lance was a drug user when I first heard of him in the early 2000s and why I didn t really care so I will let the reader of this review refer back to my many other reviews of books concerning the Tour de France However what always struck me as very illogical was how everyone skirted around the argument that it was simply statistically unlikely that someone who competes and wins against drug users is not themselves using them and using of them or a better combination However we are talking about sports science which can still maintain that drugs don t provide a large advantage Yeah sure then why do so many cyclists take the chanceAgain the author was likely avoiding a deep discussion or investigation for survival reasons However that is still a bit surprising considering the uniue perspective of the author the nephew of Tom Simpson a British rider that died climbing Mont Ventoux in 1967 whose death has been inextricably tied to amphetamine use whether that was a prominent factor or not It is difficult to suare the suspension of disbelieve that pervades this book when in page 260 we learn from a former Belgian national cycling champion that EPO can make a racehorse from a donkey and when donkeys start winning that is wrong This assertion casts much doubt on Lance Armstrong s claim that he still one his seven Tours because everyone was using therefore it was a level playing field Well if your drug use is easily hidden with a suspicion of assistance from eye averting associations and better devised scheduled and delivered than everyone else s you could be that donkey simply a far clever donkeyBefore I leave off the topic of drug use in the book and Tour de France cycling in this review There is a telling bit of psychology written in the book if one considers what is now known in the light of Lance Armstrong s confession and comments made about his personality by friends On page 127 the author is describing French cyclist Louison Bobet but he could easily be talking about Lance Armstrong Like most great champions Louison was insecure but it s that insecurity that helps make them what they are They should worry about the rivals it s their job it s what gets them up in the morning and sends out training Similar sentiments are repeated throughout the book concerning other cyclists It s almost as if the true impetus is simply beating the other guy There is something about this type of personality in sport and the entitlement both taken and conferred thus that ought to be studiedStylistically this was not really a scintillating read Although there is nothing truly negative about the writing style it is a little dry and fact based without a handsome elouence that can make up for a data intense read I must say that I found an even older book Blazing Saddles by Matt Rendell to be a far interesting Tour de France history It gives most of the same information as this book in a short chapter form with far skepticism about the cleanness of a sport that has been proven again and again to be dirty Blazing Saddles not preachy however it s just a statement of the facts and a willingness to not overlook the brutally strong implications I would recommend that book over this oneThe absolute best part of the book and almost worth reading the whole book for just to get to it was a reference to a brutally satirical Dutch comedy television show s sketch concerning the whereabouts scandal of Michael Rasmussen If I had known about the scandal and then saw the sketch I would have been in stitches laughing for days

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A Race for Madmen

Summary ✓ A Race for Madmen 102 Characters A Race for Madmen By pulling back the curtain on the behind the scenes battles tactics and technology that have played such a large role in the race from its incepti. A history of the Tour de France This is pretty good does a good job of placing the legends of cycling like Coppi Bartoli Merckx etc in their place I thought it weakened a little on the newer stuff but it was released a couple of years ago so it obviously missing some perspective on the Lance years given whats going on now A good intro to the history of the race and cycling to a certain extent very few of the greats haven t made the tour their domain some Italians go giro first and last7510 Heritage of Love etc in their place I thought it weakened a little on the newer stuff but it was released a couple of years ago so it obviously missing some perspective on the Lance years given whats going on now A good intro to the history of the race and cycling to a certain Highland Heaven extent very few of the greats haven t made the tour their domain some Italians go giro first and last7510

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Summary ✓ A Race for Madmen 102 Characters A Race for Madmen Initially founded to demonstrate a new British invention the bicycle and as a venue to show off the French countryside the Tour de France continues. If we re going to be killjoys about this book let s get it over with it s a chronological list of winners heroes and notable events connected with the freuently insane history of the Tour de France However even as something as nuts as le Tour needs narration to bring it to life and Sidwells makes a good job of itAll the usual suspects are here from Coppi to Armstrong via Anuetil Merckx Bobet Indurian Hinault and co and all are given suitable word count against the rolling backdrop of the Tour s evolution from a bunch of wined up agricultural workers charging about the place on bikes made of iron to the doping scandals that very nearly ended the event in the late 90s Indeed the issue of doping which has been part of le Tour to a greater or lesser extent since it began is an interesting subplot to all the Col de Tourmalet and Champs Elyse heroics After all if you re going to demand that people do something which is beyond human endurance for the entertainment of the public can you blame them for taking drugs to helpAlso of interest is the effect of conflict upon the race Within six weeks of the 1914 edition everyone was at war with everyone else and the Nazi Tours that took place in Vichy France during World War Two are something which le Tour itself would rather forget Not that they were necessarily the bad guys if you have the Gestapo organising your bike race you re probably going to think twice before claiming to have left your games kit at homeI enjoyed this book Then again I like cycling and the Tour de France Would you like it as much if you just liked stuff that was of immense sporting and cultural importance You know I think you would


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    Read & download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Chris Sidwells A Race for Madmen [Pdf Free] Chris Sidwells ✓ 2 Download This was a very average read I liked it because it's about the Tour de France and I could read about that all day but it had loads of

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    Characters A Race for Madmen Read & download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Chris Sidwells Chris Sidwells ✓ 2 Download If we're going to be killjoys about this book let's get it over with it's a chronological list of winners heroes and notable events connected with the freuently insane history of the Tour de France However even as something as nuts as le Tour needs narration to bring it to life and Sidwells makes a good job of itAll the usual suspects are here from Coppi to Armstrong via Anuetil Merckx Bobet Indurian Hinault and co and all are giv

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    A Race for Madmen [Pdf Free] Enjoyed it detail in the early days is great and I like the nostalgia that reading about Indurain and the winners in the 90's brought back too

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    A Race for Madmen [Pdf Free] As an avid cyclist I’ve been surprisingly not that interested in the Tour de France The cloud of doping and drugs hangs over the race and I’ve lost the interest I had since the days of Lance Amstrong’s remarkable 7 Tour victories What ch

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    Chris Sidwells ✓ 2 Download Read & download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Chris Sidwells A Race for Madmen [Pdf Free] A Race For Madmen as a history of the Tour de France suffers badly from inconvenient timing It’s release date was 2010 two years before the bomb dropped on Lance Armstrong It also suffers from a brutal naivete that in all honesty was probably a self preservation techniue considering litigation happy Lance Armstrong and his oh so w

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    Characters A Race for Madmen A Race for Madmen [Pdf Free] Read & download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Chris Sidwells An interesting book covering the entire history of the Tour de France from its inception up to 2009There has been many interesting characters and gripping racing over the years and its an entertaining read throughoutIt clearly covers Lance Armstrong's seven wins but publication pre dates his eventual admission of doping after many years of proclaiming his innocence Nonetheless he still comes across as a brash arrogant and unpleasant man

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    Characters A Race for Madmen A Race for Madmen [Pdf Free] Chris Sidwells ✓ 2 Download Well written account of the history of the Tour de France very readable with chapters well spaced through the race's history and including some perspective from the author's own interviews with some of the protagonists

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    Characters A Race for Madmen Chris Sidwells ✓ 2 Download Read & download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Chris Sidwells A brilliant book about the haitory of the tour de France Brilliant anecdotes about the tour and really articulates why people who l

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    Read & download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Chris Sidwells Chris Sidwells ✓ 2 Download Characters A Race for Madmen A history of the Tour de France This is pretty good does a good job of placing the legends of cycling like Coppi Bartoli Merckx etc in their place I thought it weakened a little on the newer stuff but it was released a couple of yea

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    A Race for Madmen [Pdf Free] Chris Sidwells ✓ 2 Download Read & download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Chris Sidwells A great insight even for non cyclistsSidwells captures the thrills and challenges of the race in terrific detail highlighting some of the charac

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  • Hardcover
  • 384
  • A Race for Madmen
  • Chris Sidwells
  • English
  • 11 March 2018
  • 9781613210789