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Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy

Tim Moore

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Published by Vintage Digital, part of Vintage Publishing

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EAN: 9781448156405
Published: 1 May 2014


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Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled round the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about 'Horrid Lance'. His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d'Italia.

History's most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometre stages, cataclysmic night storms and relentless sabotage - all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine. Of the 81 who rolled out of Milan, only eight made it back.

Committed to total authenticity, Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless, wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike, some maps and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles.

What unfolds is the tale of decreipt crock trying to ride another up a thousand lonely hills, then down them with only wine corks for brakes. From the Alps to the Adriatic, the pair steadily fall to bits, on an adventure that is by turns bold, beautiful and recklessly incompetent.

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What the critics say

A considerable achievement
- Lonely Planet Traveller

A wonderfully written, extremely funny book... You read Gironimo! with a permanent smile on your face
- UK Press Syndication

A superbly funny read
- Cycling Weekly

Gironimo! is partly a story of adversity, despair, and tenacity – and partly a funny, and often sweary, travelogue. I was hooked from the start
- Cycle

Readers of Moore’s French Revolutions will not be disappointed by this hilariously painful, and poignant, adventure
- Irish Times

Absurd, inspirational and laugh-out-loud funny, Gironimo! Is a charming tribute to the dogged resilience of the amateur spirit and a golden age of road cycling
- Racing Post

Part travelogue, part sports record and part history and all written with his inimitable humour
- By the Dart

Painfully funny
- Week

Gironimo is the perfect successor to French Revolutions, and provides more of everything that made the latter so popular
- Cycling World

The author’s adventures are often highly entertaining, though, as “road-trip” literature, it is unusual in that it mostly makes the reader glad not to be on the road!
- Good Book Guide

About the Author

Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, The Sunday Times and Esquire. He is the author of 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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