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The Ronde: Inside the World's Toughest Bike Race

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'It wasn't a race but a war game' Bernard Hinault 'Without question, the hardest one-day bike race ever created' George Hincapie The Tour of Flanders - known to cycling fans as the Ronde - is the biggest one-day bike race in the world. It is a potent mix of grit, cobbles, steep climbs, narrow roads, national pride, beer, brutal weather and the maddest, most passionate fans ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2018 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Gumble's Yard
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A brilliantly written account of the world’s greatest cycling race - Het Ronde, Vlaanderens Mooiste, the Ronde van Vlaanderen - read by me en route to watching its 102th edition.

Pickering bases his account around the 2011 edition - certainly one of the most exciting and unpredictable editions of a Spring Classic I have seen in my 30 years of following the sport (even if I feel that Pickering does not quite convey what at the time was the drama of the sudden collapse of Cancellara and Chavan
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John Plenderleith
For the anorak. Loved it.
Craig Warner
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great insight into the Ronde, with a good mix of race history told alongside the 2011 race in great detail. The Bergs are cleverly used to tell the story, bringing them to life as much as the riders. The race itself is covered fantastically and, using interview from before and after, it adds unique insight to a race many of us watched unfold on the TV.

Time is used well in the book. Whilst it's the 2011 race that is the main thread, the book uses previous races to set the scene and even jumps
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Lucian Stănescu
definitely one of the best cycling books I've read. can't recommend it enough if you're interested in spring classics. brilliant both on tactics and geography/history ...more
James
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This will be another annual read in the spring.
Christy Fernando
Nov 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best book.
Dirk Flach
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Voor de wielerliefhebber veel interessants in dit boek. Als totaal vind ik het echter wat minder geslaagd - het is op zich denk ik een goede keuze om het verhaal aan het verloop van de wedstrijd in een jaar te koppelen, de achtergrondverhalen - hoewel ook interessant - lijken er daardoor wat kunstmatig aan gekoppeld. En de soms wat wrakke stijl hinderde me.
Joost Schreurs
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Met de Ronde van 2011 als rode draad neemt de schrijver de lezer mee voor een zeer uitputtende beschouwing van het fenomeen Ronde van Vlaanderen. De geschiedenis van de Ronde en van Vlaanderen zelf komt aan bod en winnaars uit het recente en verre verleden komen aan het woord. Voer voor de echte wielerfans.
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