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The Call of the Road: A Complete History of Cycle Road Racing

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
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Since the invention of the bicycle, people have raced them. The advent of the pneumatic tyre meant that these races could take place on any road in any country - cycle road racing was born.

In just over a century the Tour de France has become the most watched sporting event, and the Giro d’Italia, Vuela d’Espagne and Spring Classics are expanding to fill the entire year with competitions which are watched by millions of fans, and the routes are cycled by hundreds of thousands of amateurs keen to discover what it is like to ride 200 arduous kilometres in one day, in some cases over the steepest of routes. Intertwined with these competitions is the history and, most importantly, the characters who have graced the road cycling stage. Merckx, Indurain, Coppi, Pantani, Binda, Rominger and Hinault are names that have been raised to mythical status. 

The Call of the Road reveals the epic battles of all of the racing seasons since the first Tour de France, looking beyond the results to see the drama - not just on the road but within the teams and between individuals - and the politics and scandal that continue to fascinate cycle road race fans everywhere.

©2018 Chris Sidwells (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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"An intriguing read for almost any reader, not only those who are interested in cycling." (Tuam Herald)

"[An] engaging and accessible account of the race’s history." (Sunday Business Post)

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Probably the best book on cycli g on audible <br />

fascinating insight to the history of pro cycling. Well thought out and flows like a stream. Easily one of if not best cycling books on audible a must for anyone with a passing interest in cycling or bike.