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Old 05-30-16, 11:42 AM
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The Masked Rider - Neil Peart
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Old 05-31-16, 06:25 AM
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After watching "Inspired to Ride" I looked up Mke Hall of U.K., Jason Lane of Canada and Juliana Buhring of Italy. Most interesting.

A documentary about the rider on the ride. I sure wished that Juliana would have brought an extra chain with her. And maybe it would be good to ask the local pharmacy for electrolytes by I.V.

Try searching for Mike Hall's bike. Lots of photos. Same goes for Jason and Juliana.

Even though these are ultra endurance cyclists, its closer to most cyclists minus some mileage and mental toughness.

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Old 05-31-16, 09:07 AM
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the cyclist Bicycleran (1987) - IMDb books by Dervla Murphy Dervla Murphy

& Nicholas Crane https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Crane
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Old 08-09-16, 05:19 PM
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"Line of Sight"
Alleycat race documentary
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Old 08-09-16, 10:20 PM
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Breaking Away was good but I agree that it was pretty hokey and fake.
For the real deal nothing beats American Flyers.
Realistic, gritty and full of Rae Dawn Chongness.
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Old 08-10-16, 10:26 AM
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Just picked up Going Some Where at the dollar store but haven't read it yet. Hopefully it'll be good.
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Old 08-10-16, 09:50 PM
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I started listening today to the audiobook, Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation, by Aili McConnon. I expect to finish it in a few days.

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Road to Valor is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatestcomeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II.

Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend: the man who not only won the Tour de France twice, but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. During the ten years that separated his hard-won triumphs, his actions, both on and off the racecourse, ensured him a permanent place in Italian hearts and minds.

In Road to Valor, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartaliís journey, starting in impoverished rural Tuscany where a scrawny, mischievous boy painstakingly saves his money to buy a bicycle and before long, is racking up wins throughout the country.At the age of 24, he stuns the world by winning the Tour de France and becomes an international sports icon.

But Mussoliniís Fascists try to hijack his victory for propaganda purposes, derailing Bartaliís career, and as the Nazis occupy Italy, Bartali undertakes secret and dangerous activities to help those being targeted. He shelters a family of Jews in an apartment he financed with his cycling winnings and is able to smugglecounterfeit identity documents hidden in his bicycle past Fascist and Nazi checkpoints because the soldiers recognize him as a national hero in training.

After the grueling wartime years, Bartali fights to rebuild his career as Italy emerges from the rubble. In 1948, the stakes are raised when midway through the Tour de France, an assassination attempt in Rome sparks nationwide political protests and riots. Despite numerous setbacks and a legendary snowstorm in the Alps, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, 34-year-old underdog comes back and wins the most difficult endurance competition on earth.
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Old 08-11-16, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by bakes1 View Post
Breaking Away was good but I agree that it was pretty hokey and fake.
For the real deal nothing beats American Flyers.
Realistic, gritty and full of Rae Dawn Chongness.
And how about Alexandra Paul????
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Old 08-11-16, 09:39 AM
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Old 08-12-16, 05:22 PM
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[QUOTE
The Lost Cyclist by David Herlihy (Really interesting story about the very beginnings of adventurous world-wide bike touring)[/QUOTE]

^^^^^^This. A really great book about an overlooked story. Frank Lenz (I believe that's his name) was an early cyclist before the turn of the century. He started out as a racer and with the development of technology, became an endurance cyclist riding across the country before there were very many roads. His attempt at circling the globe is an epic tale. Well worth the read.
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Slightly o/t but in the late 70s or early 80s I saw an Off-Broadway or Off-Off-Broadway play about a love triangle (two guys and a girl). One or both of the guys were cyclists. The only line I remember was that the cyclist "look(s) like an Italian bumble-bee". Did anyone else see that one? If so do you remember the title?
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Old 08-14-16, 01:53 PM
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Pantani is pretty good.
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Old 08-15-16, 06:09 AM
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Just a nice short film which captures some of the beauty of cycling quite nicely.
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Old 08-15-16, 08:38 AM
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Finished listening today to the audiobook, Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation, by Aili McConnon. Good read for anyone interested in cycling and/or Italy in the 30's and 40's.

Road to Valor is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II.
More about this book at:
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Old 08-15-16, 09:19 AM
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This is the best bicycling action move ever made. Check it out.

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Old 08-16-16, 04:58 AM
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My favorite is "Hearts of Lions", the history of American Bicycle Racing. Cyclist had a greater following than baseball and football in the beginning and got paid much more than other athletes. It is a really good read.
https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Lions-.../dp/0393305767
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