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Olympic Gangster:The Legend of Jose Beyaert - Cycling Champion Fortune Hunter and Outlaw

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 Cycling Champion  Fortune Hunter and Outlaw    Restlessly driven and possessed of great physical strength  Jose Beyaert lived many lives. During the Second World War  he boxed and trafficked arms for the Resistance on his bicycle. After it  he became an international cyclist.   In 1948  a mile from the end of the Olympic road race around Windsor Park  he broke away alone to take the gold medal and started an adventure that would last the rest of his life. A Tour de France rider in the sport`s golden age  Jose was invited to open a new velodrome in Colombia  South America. He travelled  intending to stay a month. Instead  driven by his thirst for adventure  he stayed for fifty years  becoming by turns athlete  coach  businessman  emerald-trader  logger  smuggler  perhaps even hired killer.   Matt Rendell  who knew Jose Beyaert and met many of his family  friends and associates  tells the fascinating story of an almost-forgotten sporting hero who  incapable of living to other people`s rules  lived his many lives on his own terms.     
By: Matt Rendell
Book: Paperback, 352 pages
Code: 965938