French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France

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Seduced by the speed and glamour of the biggest annual sporting event in the world, and determined to tackle the most fearsome physical challenge outside classical mythology, Moore, the ultimate amateur, attempts to complete all 3,630km of the 2000 Tour in the weeks before the professionals set off.
     Battling it out with the old men on butchers' bikes across the plains of Aquitaine and pursued by cattle over Europe's second highest road, Moore soon finds himself resorting to narcotic assistance, systematic overeating and waxed legs before summoning a support vehicle staffed by cruelly sceptical family and friends. Accounts of his suffering and chicanery, and those encountered in the race's epic history, are interwoven through a look at rural France busy tarting itself up for those 15 seconds of fame as the Tour careers through at 50kph. An heroic depiction of an inadequate man's attempt to achieve the unachievable, Moore's Tour is a tale of calorific excess, ludicrous clothing and intimate discomfort.

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The ultimate amateur attempts to cycle the Tour de France route.

"Put me back on my bike." As last words go, these are unlikely to pass Tim Moore's lips. The author attempts to cycle all 3,630 km of the 2000 Tour de France route just before the professionals do. His is an epic depiction of an inadequate man's attempt to achieve the unachievable, a tale of calorific excess, ludicrous clothing and intimate discomfort.

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TIM MOORE's books include French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points and I Believe in Yesterday. He lives in London.

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