With the useful books sorted out, it’s time to look at the reading matter, which my wife calls toilet novels for men. You should not expect anything outstanding from this list, since such books are only suitable for reading on an aeroplane or on a train – where some Thoughtful machine learning comes in rather hard.
Most modern bicycle novels are to one degree or another tied to the theme of Lance-dopping, but even among this holiday you can find a few good copies with a decent syllable and themes different from what I did not want, but the time was like that and they just made me.
Irish racer Paul Kimmage rode in the late 80s, a period when his compatriot Stephen Roch shone in the peloton. At the same time, widespread doping began to make its way into the peloton, and Kimmage, being just a domestic, allowed himself to openly declare this. All this led to the fact that not only the peloton opposed him, but also the Irish public, who refused to believe that Stephen Roch was unclean, and Kimmage was forced to give up his career as a cyclist.
If the bike did not work out, then Kimmaj is doing well with literary talent, as can be judged by the autobiographical book Rough Ride, which is half of the articles that Kimmaj wrote as a journalist at the end of his cycling career.
The book was not without doping – after all, Kimmadge was one of the first journalists who began to openly run into Lance, but most of the texts in the book tell about how the system of cycling teams worked in Belgium and France in the 80s, what a thankless profession – to be a bicycle racer, and how the fate of cyclists develops at the end of their professional career.
Phil Gamon is a modern American racer who rides for Team Cannondale and writes a column on ESPN and VeloNews in his spare time. If Kimmaj was a window into the cycling of the 80s, then Gamon is the mouthpiece of the modern peloton.
The author’s humour and style are all right and the book Pro Cyclist on $ 10 a Day gives an excellent idea of what a cycling career in the USA is like.
The book’s narrative is formed by the signing of a contract with the Garmin team, so a sequel, I think, is not far off. Garmin has since fallen asleep and become Cannondale, and Gamon was forced to travel for a year in the pro-continental team, where I believe he had enough material for a new book.
If you are interested in the Lance saga with an emphasis on facts and with a minimum amount of snot, then Wheelmen is the best that I have come across. In fact, this is a USADA report hacked for the general public, presented in the context of specific races and events with their heroes and, accordingly, antiheroes.
The book is written by journalists who diluted the dry arguments and facts of the anti-doping agency with a coherent narrative. It is easy and exciting to read, but in places, you still want to vomit from attempts to dramatize in style … when he went back to his room that night he cried. Nevertheless, the book is an order of magnitude better than all other attempts to tell about the time of Lance.
One of the first books on doping of the 90s from the main witness in the Armstrong case. Hamilton dramatically recounts how he finished drinking first with Armstrong and then against Armstrong.
The book was written not by Hamilton himself, but by a ghostwriter, so it turned out rather clumsy since the writer was forced to smooth out the inconvenient moments for Hamilton. If this is the first book in a series as I finished it, then it reads quite fascinatingly, but if Wheelmen has already been read, then you ask yourself – why am I wasting time on this nonsense?
I was framed and the time was like that … Millar writes himself and writes pretty well. The first half of the book is about how he grew up in Hong Kong, how he became a cyclist and moved to Europe – good, the second – excuses on the topic of doping, and in this place, the novel can be safely merged where it belongs.
I didn’t want to, they forced me … The same song as with Millar, but presented from the point of view of a domestic. As in the previous case, the first half of the book provides a fascinating insight into the rough work the lieutenants are doing, and it touches the days of the Mapei team quite cheerfully, but the snot about doping is the most sugary thing I’ve come across.
If you have the impression that all the books are Anglo-Saxon and related to doping, then I must agree with you. I don’t know if there are good French, Italian or Spanish memoirs – I didn’t find translations, but I don’t want to read Dutch and Belgian memoirs, which I could read in the original language, because there will be, if not Bogert, then some Vanderbruck, and horseradish radish is not sweeter.
I think we’ll have to wait a couple more years until Pierre Roland writes to us about how, in his 30th year of life, he discovered power training for himself, and Pinot and Barda will accompany him with stories of how they ate oatmeal to accumulate pocket money for a used SRM at the age of 18.
While I look closely at the memoirs of our Ten Dame Laurence – after all, a man lit up after winning La Marmotte in his youth, and this, frankly, is not the most orthodox path to the professional peloton, but the period in Rabobank somehow scares me and is afraid not to it turned out like with Bogert, who made a memoir, and a month later came out of the closet with a bag of blood at the ready.