It Is About the Bike: The Life and Times of an Ordinary Racing Cyclist

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AuthorHouse, Jun 23, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 156 pages

The book traces a young mans upbringing in a working class part of Sheffield. Like most school leavers of his era, he enters into the steel industry, and a heavybeer-drinking culture. In an attempt to lose weight and return to a reasonable level of fitness he resorts to his childhood love of cycling. His enthusiasm for his passion soon turns to obsession. His life changes, his job and family are sacrificed in pursuit of his goal. Eventually, he realises he isnt destined for greatness and rediscovers how to ride a bike just for enjoyment.

 

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Contents

STAGE 1 EARLY YEARS
1
STAGE 2 FROM HILLFOOT BRIDGE TO PARSON CROSS
13
STAGE 3 RETURN TO THE BIKE
29
STAGE 4 PLAYING AT IT
40
STAGE 5 A CHANGE OF PLAN
52
STAGE 6 SERIOUS ABOUT THE BIKE
65
STAGE 7 ON WIVES AND OTHER VEHICLES
80
STAGE 8 AS GOOD AS IT GETS
94
STAGE 9 THE FINAL FLING
110
STAGE 10 PENGUINS AND CLUBRUN KINGS
127
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
145
BACK COVER
149
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About the author (2006)

Paul Bland was born in Sheffield in 1953. His obsession with amateur cycling left little time for writing, until now. This is Paul's first book.

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