Riding Through The Storm : My Fight Back to Fitness on the Tour de France
When Geoff Thomas struggled to play a friendly game of tennis while on holiday in Mallorca in May 2003, he thought little of it. Recently retired as a footballer, he believed it was a sign of ageing and perhaps a pulled muscle. But when the pain wouldn't go away, his wife Julie persuaded him to go to a doctor, and in July he was diagnosed as having leukaemia. Suddenly, he was fighting to survive. This book focuses on his journey round the Tour de France in the summer of 2005, riding the 2240 mile-course in the 21 days it takes Lance Armstrong and all the top cyclists, despite never having cycled much before. Despite the odds against him achieving it, he rode the course and raised nearly 200,000 for charity. As he rides, he looks back on his successful career as a footballer, and the bone marrow transplant that saved his life. This is a powerful, moving and inspirational story of extraordinary achievement.
- Hardback | 272 pages
- 154 x 236 x 26mm | 580.6g
- 01 Sep 2007
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
"RIDING THROUGH THE STORM details movingly and eloquently how Thomas fought cancer and then took on the Tour de France to prove how alive he was... All human life graces Thomas' outstanding book... peaks and troughs fill Thomas' book. Warming anecdotes proliferate.." -- Henry Winter Daily Telegraph "a wonderfully compelling read." -- Jon Culley The Independent
About Geoff Thomas
Geoff Thomas played for seven clubs in a football career of almost 20 years, but he was most closely associated with Crystal Palace, who he led to the FA Cup final in 1990. He won nine caps for England. In July 2003, he was diagnosed with leukaemia, and on being given the all-clear decided to ride in the Tour de France in 2005.