Push Yourself Just a Little Bit More : Backstage at the Tour De France
Recently, there has been a glut of books on Le Tour de France. None, however, got quite as close to the race as Push Yourself Just a Little Bit More will, which is Johnny Green's account of the 2003 and 2004 races from inside the security cordon, mingling with the cyclists, press and the 'Credit Lyonnais trophy girls' in equal measure. He managed to blag his way right to the inner sanctum, to chat to the likes of Sheryl Crow and David Millar (in 2003) and the many stagehands behind the scenes on the three-week tour. The only place he didn't make it was into the doping van. Fittingly, from the former road manager of The Clash, Push Yourself Just a Little Bit More ...is a kind of rock 'n' roll account of life on the road with Le Tour.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 142 x 218 x 34mm | 539.77g
- 28 Jun 2006
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
About Johnny Green
Johnny Green has a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Lancaster University. After spending five years on the road with The Clash he left the music business and eventually became Kent county education adviser on sex and drugs. He lives in Whitstable, Kent.
'This is sports writing to blow your mind... Part vandal, part troubadour, with the attitiude and almost the writing style of Jack Kerouac... Irresponsible, often irrational, wonderful.' SUNDAY TIMES 'A vivid account of the Tour de France.' GUARDIAN 'I can't recommend this book highly enough' -- Phill Jupitus BBC RADIO 6 'This first-hand account of a grass-roots tour is bursting with joy.' COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH 'The cycling book for people who know nothing about cycling...the sex, drugs, rock and roll and cycling behind the world's greatest race.' NORTHERN ECHO