Paul Kimmage’s boyhood dreams were of cycling glory—wearing the yellow jersey, cycling the Tour de France, and becoming a national hero. He knew it. Rough Ride has ratings and 62 reviews. John said: I love this book!! Even if you dislike the prickly nature of Paul Kimmage and his abrupt style yo. Rough Ride is a William Hill Sports Book of the Year, written by Irish journalist Paul Kimmage in It is an autobiography that charts the author’s upbringing .

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Kimmage has invoked the ire of Armstrong over claims that most of Armstrong’s early US Postal cycling team were doped, claiming that riders like George Hincapie had taken performance-enhancing drugs. I was a little disappointed that in the rie added for the new edition that he had no pau on Pantani probably the greatest tragedy in cycling in recent times or on the persistent suspicions hanging over Armstrong – maybe libel laws had something to do with that one.

I abandoned the race and rode straight to the showers. Dublin celebrate All-Ireland glory In pictures: They’re the ones that go back to the team car to get water,food, e I haven’t read this book in a while, but was reminded of it with the recent positive test in the Tour de France. In the interview, Landis admitted to being involved in doping activities during his time with the US Postal team, where he was dough referred to as Lance Armstrong’s “second in command”.

No, I blamed the system. However, he is no longer responding to emails from Kimmage and litigation is ongoing.

As the tales of doping within the peleton are finally being admitted and the omerta is broken Kimmage can well and truly hold his head high. I had just read “the rider” by Tim Krabbe and was looking for another cycling book and this was recommended.

Oct 24, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: The rate of change is not what it should be. Refresh and try again. I looked at the pen, spun it around in my hand like an infant examining its first soft toy. This scheme in addition to defending the freedom of the press, offers readers a quick, fair and free method of dealing with complaints that they may have in relation to articles that appear on our pages. This was published in ! Schmidt promises a place in the stands for players looking beyond Argentina.


Unlike the giants of the road Kimmage’s reminiscences are mainly about grovelling up climbs, abandoning or just about making the time limit.

Jun 21, Tarun Rattan rated it really liked it.

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There would therefore have been no need, he tells me, to write an expose of cycling, thereby alienating almost everyone he knew, but it was something he felt he had to do.

Kimmage rode the Tour de France three times and the Giro once. She never understood that it wasn’t about her. Sopranos with bikes but less outwardly-directed violence that has been Paul Kimmage’s diary and description of the grimmer, prosaic, desperate, and downright sleazy aspects of professional cycling rokgh to have received a great deal of press, but there is a strong sense that the cycling world isn’t interested in vindicating one of it’s rkde.

I pick it up from time to time and wince at the clunky prose and wonder how it has survived. Paul Kimmage’s succinct narration of doping in cycling is a fine example of sports journalism. He was simply playing by their rules, another innocent victim.

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He was a contemporary of Stephen Roche and rode in the Tour De France, before later switching to journalism. But it is also heartbreaking. Kimmage had come to terms with his own failure in the sport, with the realisation that his talent dough an inadequate vehicle for his dream.

He details each stage of each tour. Retrieved 6 July Twenty years later absolutely nothing has changed.

Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist by Paul Kimmage

Bestaan er nog ‘eerlijke’ wielrenners? The other notable omission from his Christmas card list is another legend of the rixe crusade, a man whose life and career have been intertwined with Kimmage’s: I agree the system forced the riders to dope. However, I think it serves its purpose and is perfect for what it is. Despite being named as one of the top ten most influential sportswriters in Britain and “thinking I was one of the greatest gifts that sportswriting ever had” he was reduced to walking into the unemployment office in Ballbriggan to draw down the dole.


They are part of the problem and have been for 20 years. He explores motivations, characters, and the unglamorous life of a domestique.

People need to acknowledge their part in it all and there should be no part of them in the sport,” he argues. On track after a rough ride There have been some tough times for Paul Kimmage but despite a bust-up with his closest friend and a spell on the dole, the award-winning sports journalist and former cyclist is back in the saddle, finds Donal Lynch DRIVEN: Just because he didn’t win a major race doesn’t mean he wasn’t a goo I read this when it was published in and thought it was tremendous.

It took me a remarkably long time to read this book, despite it’s importance because it is very detailed, and the details of true professional cycling are decidedly less glamorous i. Like Rodney Dangerfield they “don’t get no respect” but are essential. I actually thought it would make a difference. Aug 12, Patrick Dean rated it really liked it. Cian Healy on getting back to his best, injury struggles and developing as a prop.