The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation
Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and other events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is from Glanworth in County Cork.
The key part of the book is effectively twin biographies of Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche – the book draws heavily on already published biographies and autobiographies of the two stars but with a critical eye
Firstly by presenting alternate views on some of the well-known stories (or at the least questioning how much is truth and how much is myth), for example
It is perhaps fortunate that a series of mechanical mishaps ruined Sean Kelly...more
In this parable, The Ascent is like The Greatest Hits and unauthorised biography rolled into one. The rise, decline and achievements of these Irish greats are chronical ...more
However, to a cycling outsider, like myself, this book is a little dry. Perhaps my expectations are too blame, but I had hoped to spark my interest in cycling and my motivation for training. But neither happened.
I did enjoy this upstart story and am glad to have read it. But the lack of excitement means it fell flat.