Chasing the Chimney Sweep

Chasing the Chimney Sweep : A Joyride Around the First Tour De France

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In the middle of the hottest French summer for years, New Zealand writer and amateur cyclist Selwyn Parker sets off with his partner Margaret and Kiwi friends Jo and Greg on a bizarre quest: a 2400-kilometre cycling journey around France to retrace the route of the very first cycling Tour de France in 1903. In 1903 some of the racers became so fatigued that they hallucinated, threw down their bikes and collapsed on the road, refusing to get up. A Century later our intrepid cyclists have much lighter, hi-tech cycles, but they face new challenges - sweaty, body-sapping temperatures; an imperfect knowledge of the French language; a tendency to get lost at least every hour; atrocious hotels; and dangerous main highways where in 1903 the cyclists rode down almost vehicle-free roads. Chasing the Chimney Sweep is a funny, engaging, surprising travel book which combines the adventures of our tenacious Kiwi four with fascinating stories of what happened in 1903.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 243 pages
  • 129.5 x 193 x 20.3mm | 226.8g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • English
  • 014302034X
  • 9780143020349

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; Lost in France; Three Wise Men; The Poor Man's Horse; At the Alarm Clock Cafe; Looking for Lyon; Still Looking for Lyon; Finding Lyon; Making Up for Lost Time; Into the Furnace; Right Turn; Wind at Our Backs; They Moved a Suburb; Epilogue
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