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The Hardmen: Legends of the Cycling Gods

 13.50

by The Velominati

Fresh, often amusing, always impressive. The Velominati’s relish and innocent love of the sport comes through time and time again-they just get the whole contrast between the pain and beauty of cycling that makes it so irresistible. An unharnessed, joyous celebration. * RideVelo *

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The Hardmen: Legends of the Cycling Gods

It’s time we all stopped whining and learned a thing or two from The Toughest Cyclists Ever. Including: Stephen Roche, whose cure for exhaustion was to go up a gear and fight harder, all the way to the ambulance. Eddy Merckx, who hurt himself so badly in breaking the Hour record that, he estimated, he shortened his career by a year.

Beryl Burton, who crushed her (male) rival’s morale with the offer of a piece of liquorice, before speeding past to victory. Nicole Cooke and Edwig Van Hooydonck, who rejected dope and became legends. The Hardmen tells the stories – the good bits, anyway – of the 40 most heroic Cyclists ever.

Their bravery, their panache and their Perfect Amount of Dumb. It reminds us that suffering on a bike liberates us from our daily lives, and that, in the words of Lance Armstrong “pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever”; proof that even assholes can be insightful.

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 11 × 1.2 × 18 cm

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