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Cycling Is My Life


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The cyclist Tom Simpson is a legend. The first British world champion  the first Briton to pull on the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France - he brought professional cycling to a nation and inspired generations of riders.   His autobiography  `Cycling is My Life`  was written the year before he died tragically on the barren moonscape of Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour aged just twenty-nine. Forty years on  hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial which marks the spot where he died. In an age where each Tour de France seems more blighted by scandal than the next  Simpson`s story is as relevant now as it was then. A man of contradictions  Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs  yet the dapper `Major Tom` inspired awe and affection from the British public for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life.

First published in 1966, Simpson`s autobiography is essential reading for every dedicated cycling fan and an engaging story of the life of an iconic sportsman. Tom Simpson, born in 1937, was an English road racing cyclist whose successful career was cut tragically short by his death on the slopes of Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de France. Simpson became the first Briton to wear the yellow jersey as leader of the 1962 Tour de France  finishing sixth overall. Then in 1965 he won the coveted accolade of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award  the only cyclist to have won this award until Chris Hoy in 2008.    
By: Tom Simpson
Book: Paperback, 208 pages
Code: YJ100625
Publishing Date: March 2016