Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles Matt Rendell s vivid and entertaining narrative of the Tour de France combines the Tour s golden legends with tales from its dark side capturing the true and often surreal spirit of the world s most

  • Title: Blazing Saddles
  • Author: Matt Rendell
  • ISBN: 9781847241559
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Matt Rendell s vivid and entertaining narrative of the Tour de France combines the Tour s golden legends with tales from its dark side, capturing the true and often surreal spirit of the world s most arduous race.

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    1. This was a quirky, funny, highly entertaining book. It's about the entire history of the Tour de France bicycle race, and focuses on some of the weird things that have happened over the races (which is, this year, running it's 96th race). It was kind of hard to follow at times in the beginning - probably because some of the historical information is, understandably, sketchy or missing altogether. Nonetheless, for anyone who's interested in a behind-the-scenes look at this race through the years, [...]

    2. Straight out of the gate I was in love with this book because it is physically very attractive. For a little book, it is really heavy and fun to hold. The pages are glossy and thick. Gorgeous! Then I began to read and then I began to feel frustrated and then I began to skip pages, many. I believe that Lance Armstrong himself would not have liked this book. There are WAY too many details and not enough explanation of the big picture. There are probably tons of gems missed by me because I was not [...]

    3. Interesting history,great photos,trivia and quotes.I'll finish the rest tonight."To prepare for a race,there is nothing better than a good pheasant,some champagne and a good woman" - Jacques Anquetil,1957. Sports nutrition has obviously changed a lot.

    4. That is the best book ever it is so good I love cycling but they made it funny (for a certain sense of humour) but it is great I love it recommended to everyone.

    5. An at times pretty funny account of every year of the tour de France up to 2007. While it gets a bit sad towards the end when every amazing feat of human endurance is followed up by an account of how an investigation or blood analysis brought the rider undone, it's also interesting to note that people have been cheating pretty much from the start. Hopping on a train or organising thugs to beat up rivals were more low tech methods than used today but definitely more entertaining. Only trouble I h [...]

    6. BLAZING SADDLES, the Cruel & Unusual History of the Tour de France written by Matt Rendell covers every Tour De France race up to the first victory by Contador in 2007. This book is like A Century on windy day for which you did not train enough. It starts out at a good pace and it is enjoyable. However, as you go further it becomes a monotonous grind. The last third of the book seems like it is all into the wind. Then finally Lance appears and you know the end is in sight and the last few ch [...]

    7. I was really disappointed with this book. I was looking for a fun comprehensive history of the tour, and while this does have some highlights, it left me constantly wanting more information. How did technology change the tour over the years? It's not enough to say they introduced gears and everything was different. Likewise, how did the tour go from private teams, to national teams and then back to private teams? I feel like I need to go find another book on the Tour de France to fill in all the [...]

    8. So much for having a plan and sticking to it. This one was on my shelf but was way back in the queue, somehow I promoted it.Good overview - broken into short sections of 1-4 pages each summarizing each year of the TdF. A fun read for any cycling fan and a nice reference.

    9. Through torturous Tours riders coping,For yellow jerseys each one is hoping.It's a pleasure to seeThis vast history.It almost makes up for the doping.

    10. Some amazing pictures from the Tour in this. I found the photos from the 1940s to mid-1970s the most interesting

    11. I very much enjoyed the stories and trivia in this book, however it constantly left me wanting more, both in detail and in depth.

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