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Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy

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EAN: 9781448156405
Published: 1 May 2014


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A 3,162 km race. A 48-year-old man. A 100-year-old bike. Made mostly of wood. That he built himself.

Tim Moore sets off to recreate the most appalling bike race of all time. The notorious 1914 Giro d'Italia 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 with wine corks for brakes, some maps and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles.

From the Alps to the Adriatic the pair relive the bike race in all its misery and glory, 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

Painfully funny
- Week

A superbly funny read
- Cycling Weekly

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

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

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

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

Insightful and witty
- Cycle Sport

It’s just exciting to read
- Shropshire Star

About the Author

Having ridden the route of the Tour de France in French Revolutions, led a donkey on a 500-mile pilgrimage in Spanish Steps and driven round the worst places in Britain in an Austin Maestro for You Are Awful (But I Like You), Tim Moore can loook back on a towering career in misadventure.

Gironimo!, his latest and most imposing pedal-powered endeavour, is a story of predictable over-ambition trumped by frankly staggering over-achievement. Moore lives in London with his wife and three children, and still wears those welding goggles at Christmas.

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