He comes off a little whiny sometimes,but tells a story only someone on the inside could tell. And when his career ended, the system would spit him out — a penniless ex-pro. However, this was book was an enthralling page turner about the life of an obscure professional cyclist in the mids. One of the best I've read of the many accounts from ex-pro-cyclists. But still just a pen.
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Kimmage was a professional bike kijmage who competed at the highest level - how many people actually can do that? A minor quibble I had with the book was the quote at the start from the late son of the sportswriter David Walsh.
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Rough Ride : Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist
When I found out it was on the second rest day, that was the give away for me. Can't hack Luther, but need your Idris Elba fix? All the hard work and hours of training to be a considered below average because you refuse to DOPE. Already out of Italy trip, Tommy Bowe is now a worry for France game. But maybe that's because Kimmage didn't want to point fingers Armstrong and many of his former teammates have rubbished Landis' accusations but Kimmage is convinced he is believable.
But it is also heartbreaking. I'd smooth the edges and dry the sweat and make it literary and profound but whose book would it be then?
I was a little disappointed that in the sections added for the new edition that he had no comments on Pantani probably the greatest tragedy in cycling in recent times or pauul the persistent suspicions hanging over Ar Really enjoyed this.
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 ried the Tour de Roigh.
One of the best I've read of the many accounts from ex-pro-cyclists. Sports and sports reportage are simply going to repeat their willing gullibility of the past, so that arm-chair, fill-in-the-blank sportspeople can have their cake and become obese and diabetic while eating it, sitting in front of the phoney heroes engaging in equally unhealthy practices on television.
No todo es dopping en el libro. It wasn't supposed to be like this. There's not much class to A Rough Ride.
Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist by Paul Kimmage
I will still enjoy watching cycling event A captivating story about professional cycling from the perspective of an average though way more talented than the rest of usyet passionate, rider.
By staying true to what he believes in Paul Kimmage has alienated himself in a world he truly loves, everyone has to have massive respect for that.
The story being living your whole life with a dream, working hard to reach it, only to find that your dream job isn't what you thought it was- something completely different, in fact. The Best Books of Those who have been tainted by previous arguments who keep saying that Kimmage was an average rider or a rider with little talent need to take a long hard look at themselves.
Paul's struggle with his own physical limitations and his confusion over winners who are dopers leaves you sympathising with him.
Reading the book I was almost asking the author what did he expect from his career when he seems to train so little. Thankfully, today the sport of cycling has made massive changes in it's attitude to illegal drug use and is the most tested sport seeking out any wrongdoers and the writings of Paul Kimmage have had a large impact in order to allow this change of attitude to come to the fore.
It was overall disappointing Views Read Edit View history. He was simply playing by their rules, another innocent victim. 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. For me it was a bit like Serpico, the guy exposes the corruption and is then accused of treachery. Kimmage categorically refutes the idea that the sport needs to some how forget about its recent past and move forward.
17 things we learned from the Paul Kimmage 'Rough Rider' film
The worst things in Kimmage's era were caffeine tablets and pwul amphetamine shots; EPO was only a whisper. Like Rodney Dangerfield they "don't get no respect" but are essential. Why is it so difficult to imagine him as a victim?
Pat even criticised Vinokourov's association with Dr. He comes off a little whiny sometimes,but tells a story only someone on the inside could tell.