Man and His Bike: Musings On Life and the Art of Cycling

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The helicopter is hanging above our heads. A woman with a child waves up to the family watching at home. Motorcycles tear past, sirens wailing. And here they come, the riders. Like a vast chameleon the peloton continually changes shape and colour. Four hundred tyres sing to us. Music for a Sunday afternoon. Here they come. Here they are. There they go. It’s all over, consigned to the past once more. We can still see the mud-spattered backside of a straggler, sitting crooked on his bike after a fall. The skin of his elbow has been grazed raw, the dirt of the Tour ground into the wound. But he must go on. The Tour waits for no man. Wilfried de Jong is a star of Dutch sports writing and broadcasting. In this award-winning collection of cycling tales, his comic, melancholic, existential charm unlocks a sport that involves so much pain, punishment, isolation, and a high probability of failure.

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The world as seen from a bike

‘Understated, comic and melancholic… It’ll inspire you to get back on your bike.’ Martin Love, The Guardian

‘One of the most entertaining sports books I have ever read’ Joe Short, The Daily Express

In this award-winning collection of cycling tales, Wilfried de Jong uncovers the true soul of cycling – why we do it, why we watch it, why we hate it, why we love it – stripped bare.

With his distinctly comic and melancholic charm Wilfried ponders life, love and death on his trusted bike, chasing the essence of our existence against the backdrop of major cycling events or while roaming alone in nature.

Whether he is describing being ejected from Paris-Roubaix, a terminal incident with a bird while out riding, or explaining why he is standing stark naked on Belgian cobbles with a tyre in his hand, Wilfried unlocks a sport that involves so much pain, punishment, and a high probability of failure, but that will always liberate and inspire us.

Additional information

Weight 0.177 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.6 × 1.6 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

250

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

796.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K