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Who had never raced before Dreamed up to revive struggling newspaper L'Auto Butcher Blacksmith Kindle cyclists of the time were wary of this 'heroic' race on roads suited to hooves than wheels riding hefty fixed gear bikes for three full weeks 'With a few francs you could win ' the paper declared in desperation eventually attracting a field comprising a handful of the era's professional racers and among other hopefuls a. I found this on the new book shelf at the public library To me the dust cover design didn t much suggest a newly published book and I have read enough books with a Tour de France theme that I took this home thinking I would give it 25 pages with the expectation that it wouldn t engage my attentionBut it did this focused look at the first instance of the Tour de France and how it came to happen drew me in A good book about professional bicycle racing successfully combines description of the context of the race enough but not too much about the significant riders and a narrative desc

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Butcher painter and decorator and a circus acrobat Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes Surprisingly it did and all thanks to a marketing ruse cycling would never be the same again Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early s to see where the greatest sporting event of all began. I received this book for free through this site s giveaway programCall it 35 stars rounded down to 3 on account of the writing This book is good in a lot of ways but the writing from the level of individual words up through sentences paragraphs and chapters leaves something to be desired In particular aside from the things that are fundamentally stylistic I think that the book suffered somewhat from not having a clear focus or thread to tie it together The chapters roughly alternate between a description of a stage and a description of some other element of the race which is an oka

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Full of adventure mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating the first Tour de France in was a colourful affair Its riders included characters like Maurice Garin an Italian born Frenchman said to have been swapped for a round of cheese by his parents in order to smuggle him into France to clean chimneys as a teenager Hippolyte Aucouturier with his trademark handlebar moustache and amateurs like Jean Dargassies a blacksmith. A must read for Tour fans Probably a little heftier than needed but good details from the event that started everything Vive le Tour


10 thoughts on “Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep

  1. says:

    I was reading this book as the 2017 Tour de France was happening It was interesting to look at the contrast between the first riders of the event their bikes were heavy they wore wool or cotton clothing they rode ridiculous distances stages typically between 400 and 500 KM they rode day and night with no lighting on mostly dirt r

  2. says:

    A must read for Tour fans Probably a little heftier than needed but good details from the event that started everything Vive le Tour

  3. says:

    This is a wonderful book While I follow the Tour every year and thus am a natural audience for this book I think even a casual observer of the tour can enjoy it It’s impeccably researched by the author Peter Cossins and written in an extremely approachable manner Cossins provides a great deal of background context to the tour and to the men

  4. says:

    I am not a fan of the Tour de France but I loved this book Cossins does an excellent job of placing the race in the cultural economic and social context of Belle Epoue France as well as making the characters bot

  5. says:

    I found this on the new book shelf at the public library To me the dust cover design didn't much suggest a newly published book and I have read enough books with a Tour de France theme that I took this home thinking I woul

  6. says:

    Professional cycling's premier event is the Tour de France and The First Tour de France provides a comprehensive look at turn of the c

  7. says:

    I received this book for free through this site's giveaway programCall it 35 stars rounded down to 3 on account of the writing This book is good in a lot of ways but the writing from the level of individual words up through

  8. says:

    Historian Peter Cossins’ book The First Tour De France is the story of 1903’s first version of that Sporting

  9. says:

    British freelance cycling journalist Peter Cossins’s nuts and bolts history of the inaugural 1903 Tour de France and its national and international contexts The concept for first Tour emerges along the uniuely French borderline between creativity and wackiness as cyclist turned editor prick Henri Desgrange gambles the future of his failing newspaper ‘L’Auto’ by promotingcovering a bike race so massive in scope i

  10. says:

    The main thing I learned about cycling in general after reading this book about the creation of the Tour de France and running its first race in 1903? Cyclists have been cheating and bending the rules since day one The doping they get busted for now? Just one form of them trying to get around the rules The other thing that struct me was what an absolute ordeal it was for these early racers with low tech bikes terrible roads zero

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