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The Belgian Hammer: Forging Young Americans into Professional Cyclists

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This is the story of what it takes for young Americans to make it in professional cycling. Only thirty-six Americans have competed in the Tour de France since the world’s greatest bicycle race began in 1903. That’s not too many more than the twelve Americans who have walked on the moon. It’s far fewer than the hundreds of Americans who have reached the summit of Mount Ever ...more
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published (first published May 19th 2011)
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Kevin Mcclelion
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
great read...especially since i just got back from biking in belgium!
Daniel Undem
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
The book provides valuable insight into what it takes to become the next great American cyclist. I found it to be well written, however the way the story is laid out is, at times, rather confusing. I had a hard time keeping all of the different races and racers straight as I read the book. It seemed to jump around at times as well.

Overall, I enjoyed the book.
Andrew
Jul 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting look into the current generation of up and coming U.S. pro cyclists trying to make it in Europe. The authored weaved some of his personal experiences into the book, which I felt detracted from the main focus of the book.
Bronsont
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a great book, assuming you're a cycling and a racing fan. Lots of insight as to what it takes to survive and prosper in the pro peloton.

Without that level of interest this would be a hard read to stick with thru to the end.
Jason
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-to-lend
Entertaining and well-written account of what it takes to make the transition from American to European racing.
Pete Williams
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cycling
Outstanding, well written, great title.
Scott Zimmerman
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cycling-books
Too little of the books is about cycling or racing in Belgium. Too much focuses on a couple of Americans racing in the US. An OK read but you get little flavor of European racing.
Craig
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Decent topics, but poorly organized in my opinion.

The flow and organization was very disjointed and sporadic at times.
Jack
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Reads more like a 60 Minutes report than an actual story.
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