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'The best cycling biography ever written' Velo Tom Simpson was an Olympic medallist world champion and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France He died a tragic early death on the barren moonscape of the Mont Ventoux during the 19. I cannot believe that this book has been sitting by my bed for almost a year hmm Anyway I was only on page 15 I think so it didn t take me long to get back up to speed with Tom SimpsonWilliam Fotheringham has written a good book here but and there is a but it seemed to me to go on far too long I am and have been for many years a keen cycling fan and have followed the major races for years than I can remember Maybe this all stems from my father being a keen amateur rider who actually overlapped in terms of career with Tom Simpson although my father was coming to the end of his career as Tom was just beginningAnyway this book dwells on the enigma that was Tom Simpson a man driven to extremes in his performance a man who was for many years the best British cyclist some of his records have only recently been surpassed by the likes of David Millar Sir Bradley Wiggins Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas a man who had a vision for British cycling that has only just come to pass 50 years later a man who unfortunately succumbed to the pressure of the time to race with medicinal assistance to such an extent that he paid the ultimate price by dying on Mont Ventoux in the 1967 TdFYes it was really interesting but there is only so much one can say about this man who led the way for British cycling and even the updated last chapter in 12 years old so way out of date given that Lance Armstrong is still a hero and no one has heard of Bradley WigginsSo all in all an interesting book but unless you are a real fan of British cycling I wouldn t bother if I m honest Read something modern

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Put Me Back on My Bike In Search of Tom Simpson

67 Tour Almost 35 years on hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial which marks the spot where he died A man of contradictions Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs and was accused of fixing races yet t. Even with the updated afterward and chapters this is essentially a very big story struggling to get out of a thin book about a man cycling up a mountain and dying at the topWhere it gets interesting are the vignettes from Simpson s life that Fotheringham unearths each one fleshing out the man who for most of us only exists as a memorial stone on Mount Ventoux and few grainy photosWhat emerges is a hugely appealing personality whose drive and ambition tragically combined with the treadmill of professional cycling and which contributed to his untimely death What s disappointing is whilst it is touched on the bigger story lurking in the background is really about drugs in the sport and the collusion involved of the industry which still cloud the issue 30 years on Both of which mean whilst Fotheringham can build an intriguing narrative of Simpson s life his death remains shrouded in murky mystery

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He dapper Major Tom inspired awe and affection for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life Put me Back on my Bike revisits the places and people associated with Simpson to produce the definitive story of Britain's greatest ever cycli. A fascinating account of the life of Tommy Simpson whose memorial on Mt Ventoux I have stood next to on over a dozen occasions from his early life to his tragic death Intensely driven a desire for money overcoming any health fears it ultimately led to a death on a lunar landscape in heat of 40degrees


10 thoughts on “Put Me Back on My Bike In Search of Tom Simpson

  1. says:

    I cannot believe that this book has been sitting by my bed for almost a year hmm Anyway I was only on page 15 I th

  2. says:

    Fotheringham is an excellent sports journalist and his knowledge of the arcane world of professional cycling is evident in this book Two uibbles in tackling the uestion of drug use in cycling he never uite manages

  3. says:

    I really admired Fotheringham's balanced approach to his subject It's sometimes too easy to give in and be defensive when you genuinely like the person you're writing about and Simpson clearly was a likeable manFotheringham kept enough distan

  4. says:

    Even with the updated afterward and chapters this is essentially a very big story struggling to get out of a thin book about a man cycling up a mountain and dying at the topWhere it gets interesting are the vignettes from Simpson's life that Fotheringham unearths each one fleshing out the man who for most of us only exists as a memorial stone on Mount Ventoux and few grainy photosWhat emerges is a hugely appealing personality whose drive a

  5. says:

    I just knew of Tom Simpson as the English guy who died cycling up a mountain in the Tour and he took drugs It's a much complex story and Fotheringham manages to tell not only Tom's story but the story of professional cycling at that time and you need to know about the latter to understand the former At times it feels like the whole book is built around his death on the Ventoux and everything seen in the context of tha

  6. says:

    This book is excellent You don't need to be knowledgable on cycling or medicine as it breaks everything down into layman's terms If you don't follow the Tour de France every July I suggest you find some footage of a stage that involves mont ventoux so you can see exactly what a beast it isThere were a few minor irritations from the writing Words are spelt differently with a hyphen here without there Events raised in an early chapter and t

  7. says:

    A fascinating well crafter thoughtful and often moving but never sentimental bookI think its focus is skewed because it revolves around the circumstances of Simpson's untimely death and his legacy to the point where childhood traits a

  8. says:

    Thoroughly excellent read Extremely well balanced account of a man who wold have split the cycling world if he were alive today This covers the triumphs as a track pursuit cyclist and a road racer as well as the substance abuse Simpson went through to be the best and sadly led to his death on Mont Vetoux during the 1967 Tour de Fran

  9. says:

    A fascinating account of the life of Tommy Simpson whose memorial on Mt Ventoux I have stood next to on over a dozen occasions from his early life to his tragic death Intensely driven a desire for money overcoming any health fears

  10. says:

    Good biography of Tom Simpson and well worth a read As with a number of books on similar subjects recently it's almost as much about the author's journey in finding out about his subject as it is about the subject himself I