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  • Published: 12 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473584167
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Vuelta Skelter

Riding the Remarkable 1941 Tour of Spain




Tim Moore completes his epic (and ill-advised) trilogy of cycling's Grand Tours.

Tim Moore completes his epic (and ill-advised) trilogy of cycling's Grand Tours.

Julian Berrendero's victory in the 1941 Vuelta a Espana was an extraordinary exercise in sporting redemption: the Spanish cyclist had just spent 18 months in Franco's concentration camps, punishment for expressing Republican sympathies during the civil war. Seventy nine years later, perennially over-ambitious cyclo-adventurer Tim Moore developed a fascination with Berrendero's story, and having borrowed an old road bike with the great man's name plastered all over it, set off to retrace the 4,409km route of his 1941 triumph - in the midst of a global pandemic.

What follows is a tale of brutal heat and lonely roads, of glory, humiliation, and then a bit more humiliation. Along the way Tim recounts the civil war's still-vivid tragedies, and finds the gregarious but impressively responsible locals torn between welcoming their nation's only foreign visitor, and bundling him and his filthy bike into a vat of antiviral gel.

  • Published: 12 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473584167
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Tim Moore

Tim Moore’s writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, the Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of Gironimo!,French Revolutions, Do Not Pass Go, Spanish Steps,Nul Points,I Believe In Yesterday and You Are Awful (But I Like You). He lives in London.

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Praise for Vuelta Skelter

Vuelta Skelter is really three books in one. It's the story of Moore's own epic 2,760-mile, lung-busting, thigh-wrenching journey... It is a rich, kaleidoscopic look a the legacy of the Spanish Civil War... And it is also a tribute to Berrendero - a tough, dour loner who refuses to give an inch, either to the mountains or to the authorities... Moore wants to restore JB [Berrendero] to his proper place in the ranks of cycling legends. He succeeds superbly.

Roger Alton, Daily Mail, *Book of the Week*

Marvellous

Richard Peploe, Road.cc

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