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The Race: A Novel of Grit, Tactics, and the Tour de France
by Dave Shields
The white-knuckle pace of a bicycle race drives this novel about a young American's opportunity to compete in the Tour de France. Complex relationships with teammates, personal and professional obstacles, and a terrible disaster cause the young cyclist to redefine his limits. An insider's perspective on the world of professional bicycle racing reveals that the required tac ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Three Story Press
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THE RACE by Dave Shields is an entertaining fictional story about the Tour De France. Overall I enjoyed the book in spite of a few flaws. I dislike overly simplified, seemingly stupid villains. The book would have been much better if the villains were much more subtle. Also it was easy to guess a lot of the plot. Nevertheless it was still entertaining and I plan to read the second book THE TOUR.
This was a fun book and a pretty quick read. Following the real race is more fun but that can only happen during July, so this is a good form of off-season entertainment. The book follows one (fictional) person in particular, so you get to know his inner story, which doesn't happen while following the race at-large.