Ten Points

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Hachette Books, Jul 3, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
22 Reviews
Of the eight million dedicated cyclists in this country, just 32,044 own amateur racing licenses. There's a reason for that: Racing is not only incredibly difficult, it's downright excruciating, with the possibility for public humiliation never more than one pedal away. So when Natalie, Bill Strickland's preschool-aged daughter, asked him if he could win ten points during one racing season--the bicycling equivalent of taking an at-bat against Randy Johnson or going one-on-one with Lebron James--a sensible man would've just said no and moved on. Instead, Strickland decided to try.

In the process, he discovered that he was racing toward the loving home life he cherished and, at the same time, trying to get away from something far worse--his legacy of horrific childhood abuse. Strickland's memoir is filled with lyrical insights on training and dedication, racing scenes packed with nail-biting suspense, and powerful reflections on the meaning of family. Because for Strickland, it's definitely not about the bike.

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User Review  - Gary Ray - Goodreads

Very hard to read at times. Strickland's childhood in an abusive family leads him to strive to bury the demons of his past by nearly killing himself in the weekly bike races near his home; all in order to reach for the goal of scoring 10 points set by an off-hand comment by his daughter. Read full review

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User Review  - JDK1962 - Goodreads

As one of the reviewers on the cover says, this can be hard to read at times, describing some pretty horrific acts of child abuse. But it's an extremely well done bit of memoir. It's a beautiful love letter to his wife and daughter. And it does a nice job of describing amateur bike racing. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Bill Strickland is the executive editor of Bicycling magazine, and has been writing about cycling and fitness for over 20 years. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Men's Health, Men's Journal, and Parenting. He's commented about cycling on such television programs as Good Morning America and CBS's The Early Show.

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