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  • Published: 12 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473510371
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

To Hell on a Bike

Riding Paris-Roubaix: The Toughest Race in Cycling

Paris-Roubaix, the toughest race in cycling, and one amateur's attempt to survive 'The Hell of the North'.


'Paris-Roubaix is the best race in the world and knocks spots off the Tour de France.' Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Paris-Roubaix. The Hell of the North. The ultimate monument in cycling's Classics. More than 150 miles across dusty or muddy roads, much of it puncture-inducing and bone-breaking cobblestones. Even professional riders blanche at the very mention of it. Tour de France winners (with the notable exception of Wiggins in 2014) make their excuses from it. So why on earth would an amateur even dare to attempt it?

In To Hell on a Bike, Iain MacGregor does just that and as he prepares for the ride of his life, he explores the history and culture of this extraordinary race. With insights from legends of the sport, trainers, mechanics and fellow writers, as well as those who have maintained the traditions of Paris-Roubaix since its inception over a century ago, it is the ultimate story of the ultimate cycling challenge.

  • Pub date: 12 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473510371
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Iain MacGregor

Iain MacGregor has ridden a bike since the age of three and can fully recall every major accident he's suffered, even the one that knocked him out cold. He has worked in publishing for twenty years with some of the biggest names in sport and sports journalism.

Praise for To Hell on a Bike

“Absorbing story of the legendary spring classic... A must for fans of all things Paris-Roubaix.”

Cycle Sport

“I have been acquainted with Mr. MacGregor for many years and know him to be of unsound mind. When he said he was tackling the 'Hell of the North', I should have guessed that didn't mean going home for Christmas.”

Tim Moore, author of French Revolutions and Gironimo!

“Evocative and very enjoyable. Highly recommend it.”

Peter Cossins, author of The Monuments

“MacGregor's is a genuinely inspirational story which blends details of his preparation with the race's history and his take on why it continues to attract the greats.”

Birmingham Post

“A highly entertaining read, well written, well paced and guaranteed to bring your enthusiasm for cobbles to the boil.”

Washing Machine Post

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