On the Road Bike
The Search For a Nation's Cycling Soul
*Now with a brand new chapter*
An amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cycling from Ned Boulting, the author of How I Won The Yellow Jumper.
'British cyclist. It used to be an oxymoron, a sort of silliness. Like French Cricket'
Ned Boulting has noticed something. It's to do with bikes. They're everywhere. And so are their riders. Some of these riders seem to be sporting sideburns and a few of them are winning things. Big things. Now Ned wants to know how on earth it came to this. And what, exactly is 'this'.
In On the Road Bike, Ned Boulting asks how Britain became so obsessed with cycling. His journey takes him from the velodrome at Herne Hill to the Tour of Britain at Stoke-on-Trent via Bradley Wiggins, Chris Boardman, David Millar (and David's mum), Ken Livingstone, both Tommy Godwins, Gary Kemp (yes, him from Spandau Ballet) and many, many more. The result is an amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cycling.
'Funny, fascinating and frequently touching ... will be enjoyed by anyone with even a passing interest in cycling. No bib shorts required' Guardian
Praise for On the Road Bike
Funny, fascinating and frequently touching ... will be enjoyed by anyone with even a passing interest in cycling. No bib shorts requiredHelen Pidd, Guardian
Don't expect to read a better sports book this year. Funny, serious, quirky, hard hitting.Brendan Gallagher
Quirky, insightful, soulful. Could be subtitled 'cyclists are odd - discuss'Matt Dickinson, @DickinsonTimes
It's very funny, surprisingly insightful and features telling observations from a litany of engaging personalities along with Ned's amusing take on his own cycling experiencesWheelsuckers
Boulting is a delightful narrator, amusingly preoccupied by his own middle-class rootsFinancial Times
An amusing and personal exploration of the austere, nutty soul of British cyclingNudge
Boulting is a deliciously funny companionClaire Allfree, Metro
Heartwarming and often downright hilariousSusan Swarbrick, Sunday Herald
Reading this book, you are treated to a number of laugh-out-load anecdotes, you get to meet the most eccentric characters and you will read some surprisingly moving tales.sure to enlighten and entertainJoff Verby, London Cyclist