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The Race: A Novel of Grit, Tactics, and the Tour de France

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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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Bo Trapnell
While the writing was a little cliche, it's nice to read fiction of the cycling world.
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.
Awesome book about the Tour de France. I read it while we watched Lance Armstrong win his 7th Tour, so it was very exciting. It was a gripping book, I couldn't put it down. It inspired me to be more physically fit and ride my bike more often.
A coworkers suggested this book to me saying it was really good. For not knowing much about bike racing I did learn an awful lot. I already respected cyclist, but now I completely do. It was a pretty exciting read and was entertained.
Good book for those either into cycling or into a good sports book. A quick and easy read, that gives you an inside glimpse into the world of professional cycling.
Read this to support Brandon's cycling and love for the Tour de France. Would be fun to read around Tour time. Gives insight into how the sport works.
Engaging, and easy to read story. It explains a lot about bike racing, but in an interesting way (and I'm not just saying that b/c my husband is a cyclist).
Sarah Eckert
Cool little book. Not sure if it's real to life (bicycle racers whose reviews are all over the book say it is), but inspirational none-the-less.
Great book. Gives alot of info about what it would be like to be in the tour de france. Also a great story involved.
Fast paced adventure of a fictional leg of the Tour de France. Couldn't put it down!
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