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  • Published: 15 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446444221
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

Cycling is My Life




The autobiography of the greatest British cyclist written the year before he died tragically on the Tour de France - with an introduction by cyclist David Millar

The cyclist Tom Simpson is a legend. The first British world champion, the first Briton to pull on the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France - he brought professional cycling to a nation and inspired generations of riders. His autobiography, Cycling is My Life, was written the year before he died tragically on the barren moonscape of Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour aged just twenty-nine. Forty years on, hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial which marks the spot where he died.

In an age where each Tour de France seems more blighted by scandal than the next, Simpson's story is as relevant now as it was then. A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs, yet the dapper 'Major Tom' inspired awe and affection from the British public for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life.

First published in 1966, Simpson's autobiography is essential reading for every dedicated cycling fan and an engaging story of the life of an iconic sportsman.


From the original reviews:

'The book will be an inspiration to all the thousands of youngsters starting in the sport.' Daily Express

'An absorbing story of a man whose life has already thrilled millions.' Sporting Cyclist

  • Pub date: 15 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446444221
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the Author

Tommy Simpson

Tom Simpson, born in 1937, was an English road racing cyclist whose successful career was cut tragically short by his death on the slopes of Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de France. Simpson became the first Briton to wear the yellow jersey as leader of the 1962 Tour de France, finishing sixth overall. Then in 1965 he won the coveted accolade of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, the only cyclist to have won this award until Chris Hoy in 2008.


Praise for Cycling is My Life

“Simpson's good humour is as evident as his determination”

Scotland on Sunday


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