Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy

Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy


By (author) Tim Moore

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  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 30mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0224092073
  • ISBN 13: 9780224092074
  • Sales rank: 20,708

Product description

Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled round the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about 'Horrid Lance'. His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d'Italia. History's most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometre stages, cataclysmic night storms and relentless sabotage - all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine. Of the 81 who rolled out of Milan, only eight made it back. Committed to total authenticity, Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless, wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike, some maps and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles. What unfolds is the tale of one decrepit crock trying to ride another up a thousand lonely hills, then down them with only wine corks for brakes. From the Alps to the Adriatic, the pair steadily fall to bits, on an adventure that is by turns bold, beautiful and recklessly incompetent.

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Author information

Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps, Nul Points, I Believe In Yesterday and You Are Awful (But I Like You). He lives in London.

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"A considerable achievement" -- Duncan Craig Lonely Planet Traveller "A wonderfully written, extremely funny book... You read Gironimo! with a permanent smile on your face" UK Press Syndication "A superbly funny read" Cycling Weekly "Gironimo! is partly a story of adversity, despair, and tenacity - and partly a funny, and often sweary, travelogue. I was hooked from the start" -- Seamus Kelly Cycle "Readers of Moore's French Revolutions will not be disappointed by this hilariously painful, and poignant, adventure" -- Anna Carey Irish Times