French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France

Not only is it the world s largest and most watched sporting event, but also the most fearsome physical challenge ever conceived by man, demanding every last ounce of will and strength, every last drop of blood, sweat, and tears If ever there was an athletic exploit specifically not for the faint of heart and feeble of limb, this is it So you might ask, what is Tim MooreNot only is it the world s largest and most watched sporting event, but also the most fearsome physical challenge ever conceived by man, demanding every last ounce of will and strength, every last drop of blood, sweat, and tears If ever there was an athletic exploit specifically not for the faint of heart and feeble of limb, this is it So you might ask, what is Tim Moore doing cycling it An extremely good question Ignoring the pleading dictates of reason and common sense, Moore determined to tackle the Tour de France, all 2,256 miles of it, in the weeks before the professionals entered the stage This decision was one he would regret for nearly its entire length But readers those who now know Moore s name deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Bill Bryson and Calvin Trillin will feel otherwise They are in for a side splitting treat.French Revolutions gives us a hilariously unforgettable account of Moore s attempt to conquer the Tour de France Conquer may not be quite the right word He cheats when he can, pops the occasional hayfever pill for an ephedrine rush a fine old Tour tradition , sips cheap wine from his water bottle, and occasionally weeps on the phone to his wife But along the way he gives readers an account of the race s colorful history and greatest heroes Eddy Merckx, Greg Lemond, Lance Armstrong, and even Firmin Lambot, aka the Lucky Belgian, who won the race at the age of 36 Fans of the Tour de France will learn why the yellow jersey is yellow, and how cyclists learned to save precious seconds a race that lasts for three weeks is all about split seconds by relieving themselves en route And if that isn t enough, his account of a rural France tarting itself up for its moment in the spotlight leaves popular quaint descriptions of small towns in Provence in the proverbial dust If you either love or hate the French, or both, you ll want to travel along with Time Moore.French Revolutions is Tim Moore s funniest book to date It is also one of the funniest sports books ever written.
French Revolutions Cycling the Tour de France Not only is it the world s largest and most watched sporting event but also the most fearsome physical challenge ever conceived by man demanding every last ounce of will and strength every last dro

  • Title: French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France
  • Author: Tim Moore
  • ISBN: 9780312316129
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Tim Moore

    Tim Moore is a British travel writer and humorist He was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith In addition to his seven published travelogues to date, his writings have appeared in various publications including Esquire, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Observer and the Evening Standard He was also briefly a journalist for the Teletext computer games magazine Digitiser, under the pseudonym Mr Hairs, alongside Mr Biffo aka comedy and sitcom writer Paul Rose His book Frost On My Moustache is an account of a journey in which the author attempts to emulate Lord Dufferin s fearless spirit and enthusiastic adventuring, but comes to identify far with Dufferin s permanently miserable butler, Wilson, as portrayed Dufferin s travel book Letters From High Latitudes.In 2004, Moore presented an ITV programme based on his book Do Not Pass Go, a travelogue of his journey around the locations that appear on a British Monopoly board.Moore lives in Chiswick, West London with his Icelandic wife Birna Helgad ttir and their three children, Kristj n, Lilja and Valdis He is also a brother in law of Agnar Helgason and Asgeir Helgason, and son in law of Helgi Valdimarsson.

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    • Foxthyme said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I'm not quite sure how you prepare for biking 3000 km of the Tour de France route by running a couple of times and heading out on the new bike a couple of times. But somehow Moore pulled it off. And he doesn't pull any punches with the descriptions. Wanna know how you'd feel after biking just over 254 km in a day, arrive in the town of Troyes in the night only to find there's not a hotel room in the entire town, but your wife, calling to France from England for you found one in a city 13-22 km a [...]

    • Chris said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Honestly, if you are thinking of reading this book about one British man's attempt to do the 2000 Tour de France route, get the audio. It's so funny. Just kept laughing so hard. Hear about Mars bars, mountains, and ass cream!Listen in amazement as he recounts the struggle of putting the bike together.Shake your head as he tries to find drug aid!And there is a bunch of Tour de France history as well (Note, though, this was written before Armstrong's confession).

    • Michael Mcclelland said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Thank goodness I read this book. Many years ago I circum-cycled Tasmania and, on completion, thought about what my next challenge would be. Unsurprisingly (due to what must have been lactic acid-affected cognition) I also hit upon the idea of cycling the Tour de France route. And though I subsequently recognised it as a silly idea (or rather, far too hard), now I really, really don't have to do it 'cause this author has done it for me.Containing some fascinating anecdotes of Tour history, and pr [...]

    • Mary said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      A rank amateur rides the route of the Tour de France, with painful and hilarious results. Very funny, lots of Tour history. Think Bill Bryson with a bicycle.

    • MisterFweem said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Travel writing is ubiquitous, but good travel writing is hard to come by. Fortunately, Tim Moore's "French Revolutions" fits in the latter category.Moore is a crazy Brit who decides he's going to cycle the Tour de France route in 2000 about a month before the tour and discovers that, at the end of all things, he was indeed mad to undertake such an adventure. He fails in some of his goals, triumphing in others. He meets genuinely good people and a bunch of pratts. His encounters with "official" F [...]

    • Myrthe said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      The book started off great. It was funny and the main character seems a little dumb for trying a challenge like this. Unfortunately, this is the funniest part of the book. Only very rarely are there any other funny pays in the book. Quite a disappointment as the cover of the book is filled with blurbs about how hilarious the book is. There is a sort of self-deprecating 'humor' going on throughout the rest of the book though. However it's constantly used and becomes tiring because of this. Someth [...]

    • Sean O'Hare said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Yeah, it is about the Tour de France. Let's just get that out there. It's also about France and cycling and traveling and a mad person doing a mad thing. It's a really funny story (true) about a guy who decided that he probably didn't have traditional athletic skills but figured he could ride a bike so why not ride one around France in the month before the Tour de France and write about it. That's it, so if the idea of an out of shape Englishman hopping on a bike and trying to ride the course of [...]

    • Mel said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      This book ought to have easily won me over as it is a travelogue and about long distance cycling and about France -all of which I love. A review on the cover promises "hilarious self-deprecation", but to be honest, he wasn't self-deprecating enough, and when he was it was in the way a swotty student says insincerely "I'm going to fail" only to achieve an A*. I found his vainglorious, narcissistic boasting grating after a while, and grew to the point that by the end of the book, I had grown an ir [...]

    • Greg said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Picked this up a few weeks ago from the used bookstore after recognizing it from the Book Lust “Bicycling” list. This is the first season I’ve paid even the least bit of attention to road racing (after watching A Sunday in Hell and other classic-era race footage), making it a perfect read for the early season.This is the true story of Tim Moore, a British humorist / travel writer / journalist, who - despite not owning a bike or ever having much success riding them - makes the resolution to [...]

    • Paul said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Let's be absolutely clear – this is not a "travel book". It is not full of lush descriptions of pretty towns and villages. There are very few romantic musings on the French way of life. And it is most definitely not an affectionate tribute to France or its people. Indeed the nicest things the author has to say about anyone or anything during his replica "Tour" is that Carcassonne (a world heritage site) is a "pop up medieval horizon" and "Germany did its best to comfort me." So then, this is a [...]

    • Russell said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      A good story about a self-proclaimed non-cyclist (I think he said that he writes for a cycling magazine so I'm not so sure?) who cycled the Tour de France route 6 weeks before the real thing. It's certainly not all about the cycling; there are many humourous observations about people and places too.Overall, a book I enjoyed and would recommend, especially if you're getting in to long distance cycling as it's mildly inspirational.

    • Amalasuntha said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      If I could give this book no stars I would. Funny for the first half chapter and after that cringe making. Moore spends most of the book whinging and complaining, and when he's not doing that he critising. His behaviour is appalling. The worst kind of tourist, and why anyone would want to read about this I don't know. I only persisted with this book because I thought it couldn't all be like this. But it is. Be warned.

    • Gene said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Really enjoyable read. Would have been even better if I had understood the French language bits, and there are more than a few anglocentric jokes and references, but if you are a cyclists and have ever contemplated doing something crazy on your bike, this is the book to either convince you to go for it - or to totally discourage from doing so. And I have to say, I loved the ending!

    • Cyanide Bunny said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      tim moore isn't for everyone and i know he hams it up a bit, but l like his disorganized and poorly prepared approach to everything he does. He is often compared to Bill Bryson, but i find him a lot less twee. Perhaps a foul mouthed Bill Bryson would be more accurate.

    • Shelli said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Laugh-out-loud funny, in the vein of Christopher Moore (no relation), but while accounting true events rather than fantastical yarns.

    • Nodes said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Really fun look at the ideas and passions of cycling around France in 'Le Tour'. Tim Moore is a funny guy and he tells the story in a enjoyable way. Good fun read.

    • Ann said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Bill Bryson on a bike. Good Tour history and laugh-out-loud stories about how physically challenging the route is for a normal human being.

    • Nathan Albright said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      If you are familiar with this author, others like him, there is a familiar sense about this book.  A middle-aged sportswriter decides on some loony challenge and manages to secure a publishing advance and enough help to engage upon his challenge, which simultaneously proves some sort of heroism while maintaining the air of irony that is necessary to relate to contemporary readers.  I am by no means unfamiliar with this sort of writing, nor do I dislike it [1].  I feel this style of writing is [...]

    • Tony Zale said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      The Tour de France: a grueling 2000+ mile long bike race around France, up and down the Alps and Pyrenees, stretching on for 3 weeks. A race that professionals regularly fail to complete. What happens when an amateur that hasn’t biked in years attempts to take on the course? Tim Moore decides to find out, taking the reader through the often off-color history of the tour: cheating riders, abuse of performance-enhancing drugs, and the antics of crazed superfans. Moore oscillates between cursing [...]

    • thereadytraveller said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Despite claiming not to be cyclist, the author decides to cycle the 3,630km Tour de France route that is due to take place in a month’s time. Whilst a few shortcuts occur on the way, his efforts are rather remarkable, most especially given the number of “watering” stops that he takes along the way in order to refuel in the appropriate French fashion. Whilst the writing is at times witty, be aware that the focus is very much on the riders and history of the Tour de France and less on the su [...]

    • Carl said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      After enjoying Gironimo, the author’s attempt to re-create the 1914 Giro d’Italia, I went back in time to read his account of riding the 2000 Tour de France route 2 months before the event. Plenty of humor, lots of one liners. Tour officials are reluctant to give him route info. He runs into cold, inclement weather in the mountains. He almost overlaps with the Giro in the Alps. And of course he’s not exactly a racer. Again, I find him very much in the vein of Bill Bryson, which is a compli [...]

    • Zachary Olsen said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I was a little disappointed with this one. From the comparisons to Bill Bryson I suppose I should have known what I was in for, but I expected just a little bit more about the actual TdF and its history. Instead Moore spent much of the 200 odd pages lightheartedly complaining about the French and giving detailed accounts of how much booze he drank each day at lunch. Very little of the book was actually devoted to cycling, and I would have liked just a bit more in a book that purports to be about [...]

    • Judith Bienvenu said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      So, this is the journal of a guy who decides he's going to ride the Tour de France route. And he's not a cyclist, he's just some out of shape dude. If you're a Tour fan, you've certainly wondered what it would be like. Read this book. It's hilarious, serious, enlightening, and hilarious. Highly recommended to Tour fans, or anyone who has ridden a bike.

    • Nam said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      TM's preparation for the trip was really funny to read as I also often find myself underprepared for many sportive ventures. The part I liked the most was his support vehicle. What's better than when you're in low morale, tired, and depressed somehow your wife and kids show up the next day to cheer you up!

    • Steve said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Humorous account of the author's attempt to follow the Tour de France route.

    • Jirka Sikyta said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Great audio!

    • MJ Channon said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Excellent.The Tour baffles me and it still does but that's of no consequence as Moore takes us on an I'll conceived journey of achievement and humour.A top read.

    • Peter said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I don't normally review book I fail to finish but this book is so bad I feel compelled to do so. The author combines poor quality writing with attempts at schoolboy humour which simply don't work. Not for me, I gave up, however, it may amuse other readers. Oddly enough, checking back on my records, I read this book in 2007 all the way to the end! Maybe my tolerance has decreased or my standards increased since then, who knows?

    • Craig Booty said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Inspiring and made me laugh

    • Stuart Threlfall said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      A nice account of the author's attempt to follow the route of the Tour de France.

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