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Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy

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A 3 162km race. A 48-year-old man. A 100-year-old bike. Made mostly of wood. That he built himself.  The author of 'French Revolutions' does Italy.  Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled round the route of the Tour de France  he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about `Horrid Lance`. His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d`Italia.  History`s most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometre stages  cataclysmic night storms and relentless sabotage - all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine.

Of the 81 who rolled out of Milan  only eight made it back.  Committed to total authenticity  Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless  wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike  some maps and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles.

What unfolds is the tale of decreipt crock trying to ride another up a thousand lonely hills  then down them with only wine corks for brakes. From the Alps to the Adriatic  the pair steadily fall to bits  on an adventure that is by turns bold  beautiful and recklessly incompetent.     
By: Tim Moore
Book: Paperback, 368 pages
Code: 100151