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Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep Free download Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Blacksmith who had never raced before Dreamed up to revive struggling newspaper L'Auto cyclists of the time were wary of this 'heroic' race on roads suited to hooves than wheels riding hefty fixed gear bikes for three full weeks 'With a few francs you could win 3000' the paper declared in desperation eventually attracting a field comprising a handful of the era's professional racers and among other hopefuls a butcher I found this on the new book shelf at the public library To me the dust cover design didn t much suggest a newly published book and I have read enough books with a Tour de France theme that I took this home thinking I would give it 25 pages with the expectation that it wouldn t engage my attentionBut it did this focused look at the first instance of the Tour de France and how it came to happen drew me in A good book about professional bicycle racing successfully combines description of the context of the race enough but not too much about the significant riders and a narrative description of the race itself and that s what is I found hereFrom reading this and having read other books about the Tour I came away with a better understanding of just how much the structure and rules of the Tour de France have changed over the years since the first iteration in 1903Two aspects of the 1903 Tour de France surprised me One was that the new rule at the time for the race that forbid what was called pacing that is riders that were only part of the race to lead a designated team leader who would draft behind them Of course riders did draft behind one another but usually taking turns to help each other and not in support of one person The no pacing rule was in fact about leveling the field between teams with money to have riders and other smaller effortsAnother was the structure of the race overall which was uite different than recent years although it ran over 19 days as a multi stage race there were only six stages with longer periods for rest between stages that were on average far longer than what is done today Some amazingly given the lack of lighting on the route or available to cyclists in the form of headlights the stages would usually start in the middle of the night and run through the day with some riders continuing on into the next night Given the road conditions and the length of the stages the physical demands of simply completing a stage must have been incredibleAn enjoyable and entertaining read Devoted to Drew you could win 3000' the paper declared in desperation eventually attracting a field comprising a handful of the era's professional racers and among other hopefuls a butcher I found this on the new book shelf at the public library To me the dust cover design didn t much suggest a newly published book and I have read enough books with a Tour de France theme that I took this home thinking I would give it 25 pages with the expectation that it wouldn t engage my attentionBut it did this focused look at the first instance of the Tour de France and how it came to happen drew me in A good book about professional bicycle racing successfully combines description of the context of the race enough but not too much about the significant riders and a narrative description of the race itself and that s what is I found hereFrom reading this and having read other books about the Tour I came away with a better understanding of just how much the structure and rules of the Tour de France have changed over the Marriage by Deception years although it ran over 19 days as a multi stage race there were only six stages with longer periods for rest between stages that were on average far longer than what is done today Some amazingly given the lack of lighting on the route or available to cyclists in the form of headlights the stages would usually start in the middle of the night and run through the day with some riders continuing on into the next night Given the road conditions and the length of the stages the physical demands of simply completing a stage must have been incredibleAn enjoyable and entertaining read

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Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep Free download Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Painter and decorator and a circus acrobat Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes Surprisingly it did and all thanks to a marketing ruse cycling would never be the same again Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s to see where the greatest sporting event of all began Historian Peter Cossins book The First Tour De France is the story of 1903 s first version of that Sporting Event Cossins according to Penguin Publishing s website has been writing about cycling since 1993 In an interview with Feargal McKay of Sports Blog Nation from July of 2017 Cossins says he was struck when researching for The First Tour De France even through race may have been 114 years ago and can seem like ancient history but in many ways it was the same race then as it is now I agree with the Goodreads reviewer Nick Penzenstadler that The First Tour De France is probably a little heftier than needed In some way the most impressive part of The First Tour De France is how the competitors rode early 1900s bicycles around France on roads that were not made for bicycles or cars sometimes into a strong wind or up inclines Mountain stages were not added to the Tour De France until the 1905 Tour Oftentimes the riders rode at night To uote Cossins on the beginning of stage 3 between Marseille and Toulouse despite the wind drilling into their the cyclist s faces they are as keen to get going as they were on the first two stages Within a few seconds and despite the full moon the night has consumed them Secret Agent MinisterDeadly Texas Rose years ago and can seem like ancient history but in many ways it was the same race then as it is now I agree with the Goodreads reviewer Nick Penzenstadler that The First Tour De France is probably a little heftier than needed In some way the most impressive part of The First Tour De France is how the competitors rode early 1900s bicycles around France on roads that were not made for bicycles or cars sometimes into a strong wind or up inclines Mountain stages were not added to the Tour De France until the 1905 Tour Oftentimes the riders rode at night To uote Cossins on the beginning of stage 3 between Marseille and Toulouse despite the wind drilling into their the cyclist s faces they are as keen to get going as they were on the first two stages Within a few seconds and despite the full moon the night has consumed them

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Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep Free download Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Full of adventure mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating the first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair Its riders included characters like Maurice Garin an Italian born Frenchman said to have been swapped for a round of cheese by his parents in order to smuggle him into France to clean chimneys as a teenager Hippolyte Aucouturier with his trademark handlebar moustache and amateurs like Jean Dargassies a This is a wonderful book While I follow the Tour every year and thus am a natural audience for this book I think even a casual observer of the tour can enjoy it It s impeccably researched by the author Peter Cossins and written in an extremely approachable manner Cossins provides a great deal of background context to the tour and to the men who dreamed it up Also to the phenomenon of bike racing But maybe most notably he narrates each of the six stages of that first tour like it s an event unfolding right before you Very dramatic very engaging And it s not just athletic feats he s narrating but also occasions of cheating road disasters injuries spectator enthusiasm the rush of riders to reach the reuired sign in sheets at designated stops during each stage the infighting and hard feelings between some of them In these chapters Cossins takes a wide variety of different accounts from the period and synthesizes them into smooth exciting present tense narratives I also appreciate the information he provides about what happened in the careers of the finishers in the years following that first tour of 1903 What comes through loud and clear both explicitly and implicitly is how the very first Tour de France became a kind of template for the entire future life of this most important of bicycle races In both good ways and bad And the reader can t help but marvel at how during an era of comparatively primitive bicycle technology and little to no understanding of training nutrition etc the finishers of 1903 were not only able to complete a gargantuan course one that almost managed to encapsulate the whole country but in many cases at remarkable speeds It boggles the mind

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  • Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep
  • Peter Cossins
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  • 03 January 2019
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