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Reg Harris: The rise and fall of Britain`s greatest cyclist


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'This book is compelling... Dineen has explored all facets of Harris's character and gets right to the nub of a man who lit the fuse which ultimately led to today's cycling explosion in Britain. With enough attention to detail to satisfy the cycling afficionado and enough insight to engage anybody who has ever paused to consider the human condition, this deserves a wide audience.' (The Irish Post The Irish Post)

The fine bronze Harris statue overlooking the Manchester Velodrome  is a testimony to the legend all track cyclists want to emulate. Haris was a poor  working-class boy born in the Depression who escaped the Lancashire mills to utterly dominate his sport. He triumphed as World Champion an incredible five times between 1947 and 1954 and performed medal-winning heroics at the London Olympics. 

At his peak he was the most adored sportsman in the country attracting huge crowds  sponsorship  and the company of the rich and famous. But  fiercely driven and ruthlessly single-minded  Harris had a dark side. His was a sensational life fuelled by an insatiable need for money  celebrity  fast cars and beautiful women that constantly threatened to destroy him.  

This is the story of the rise and fall of Reg Harris  Britain`s first cycling hero  `He conquered his sport like no Briton had ever done  but then fell further into disgrace than anybody knew`  Five times world champion and double Olympic medallist 

Reg Harris was the greatest sportsman of his age. But look beyond the surface and you find a darker  more complicated soul. Harris was driven by a single-minded ruthlessness both on and off the track  and was defined as much by his pursuit of money and women as that of sporting achievement. Despite his incredible success  he remained a man haunted by a past he could never fully outrun. Following an exhaustive investigation  Robert Dineen has uncovered an epic sporting rise and fall - a story more astounding than anyone had known.
By: Robert Dineen
Book: Paperback, 352 pages
Code: 45398