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Iron War: Two Incredible Athletes, One Epic Rivalry and the Greatest Race of All Time

Iron War: Two Incredible Athletes, One Epic Rivalry and the Greatest Race of All Time

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By (author) Matt Fitzgerald

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 422 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 35mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1780871341
  • ISBN 13: 9781780871349
  • Sales rank: 32,045

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Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. For over a decade, Dave Scott and Mark Allen were locked in one of the fiercest rivalries sport has ever known. The men, who seemed able to force their bodies into achieving the impossible, dominated the nascent sport of triathlon, continually pushing each other to ever-greater feats of athleticism and endurance. On October 14 1989 the battle between Scott and Allen reached its peak at the 13th Hawaii Ironman, when the pair raced the 140.6-mile event side by side, for eight straight hours at breakneck speed. The eventual winner's margin of victory was a scant 58 seconds. In a profound psychological portrait of these two men, and a gripping exploration of the aching gap between triumph and defeat, Iron War tells triathlon's greatest ever story.

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Author information

Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books on sports history and endurance sports. His best-sellers include Racing Weight and Brain Training for Runners. He has written extensively for Triathlete, Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Outside, Runner's World, Bicycling, Competitor, and many other sports publications.

Review quote

'A riveting read' Loaded. 'The greatest race in the history of triathlon' 220 Triathlon. 'It is a great read about an amazing event' Triathlete Europe.

Table of contents

The Moment. A Drop Too Much. Get a Grip. Pain Community. You Again. Dig Me Beach. Iron Will. Shot Out of a Cannon. Burning Matches. Vision Quest. Breaking Point. The Man's Search for Meaning. Shaman Surfer. Epilogue. Notes. Photo Credits. Course Map. Iron War Timeline. Acknowledgments. About the Author.