Riding High: Shadow Cycling the Tour de France (Mainstream Sport)

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The Tour de France is a world-renowned, almost mythical sporting competition. The demands on the riders are so great that the achievements and rivalries of those involved have passed into sporting legend. Recently, however, the event has been tarnished by the institutionalised doping of some riders and teams. As a result, the authenticity of these very achievements and rivalries has been called into doubt. To find out whether an increasingly sceptical public could once again laud the exploits of the past century with conviction, club cyclist Paul Howard set out to complete the Tour on level terms with today's riders. But instead of teammates, mechanics, and possibly the contents of the local pharmacy as support, he had a handful of friends, his dad and a sense of humour to see him through. With only three weeks to complete over 2,000 miles, was it possible to put a human face on a super-human undertaking?

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Paul Howard is a journalist and has contributed to cycling magazines and the national press on a variety of cycling-related themes. He has been a keen cyclist since he was a schoolboy and recently spent a year living and racing as an amateur in France. He currently lives in West Sussex with his wife and daughter.

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"Life in the shadows proves tour de force for Howard" The Times "A cracking read ... an inspiration to cyclists of all kinds ... Paul's efforts really do qualify for the "heroic" category" -- British Cycling Federation

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