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'.
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'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.
“Absorbing story of the legendary spring classic... A must for fans of all things Paris-Roubaix.”
“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.”
“A highly entertaining read, well written, well paced and guaranteed to bring your enthusiasm for cobbles to the boil.”
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