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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Paul Kimmage was Irish junior pajl before riding for an amateur squad in Paris and becoming a professional with a French team, RMO, in Kimmage is also disparaging about Contador’s justification for his Kijmage positive test at this year’s Tour de France. Yet Rough Ride remains the work he is most proud of. This conflict received widespread coverage before the Tour of Californiawhen Kimmage asked Armstrong a question regarding dopers. Nov 02, Gordon Shaw rated it really liked it.

Kudos to Kimmage for coming clean. In he turned professional. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. He knew it wouldn’t come easy, but he was prepared to put in the graft: Paul was an excellent cyclist but was not world class and he followed in the wheeltracks of other Irish cyclists such as Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and Martin Early, however, any lack of tough on the bike was made kimmagee in his ability to write.


The Bible never said it was of great monetary worth. Maybe Armstrong will fall, but that won’t actually be enough.

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But, as perfectly festive as this all looks, we’re struggling a bit with a crucial component of the yuletide scene: It was about the issue in her sport. Contribute to this story: He became a professional journalist after leaving the peleton and his writing style makes it easy to see why.

You get the feeling that Kimmage is feeling the pain of the loss of Walsh from his life kimmave, for better or worse, he has always been a hostage to his convictions and prepared to sacrifice writing gigs, friends and even the most important relationships of his life for them.

I’m not sure I agree that taking a caffeine pill before or during a race or getting a shot of a B vitamin really should count as doping though Jun 05, Jimmy Burns rated it it was amazing.

Little nuggets like I don’t know what it is about cycling memoirs but I find them the most fascinating of all sports books. But it’s also been an emotionally tough year for the award-winning sportswriter and it’s clear that a few people wouldn’t make his Christmas card list.

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They were all but brothers. He comes out in the book as perfect underdog who wants to be a hero but finds himself helpless against his own physical handicaps. I wanted to get off and just leave the bike there and then. 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. Amateur boxing may have destroyed itself last weekend – and Ireland Donal Lynch Twitter January 6 2: My youngest broke down crying after [I lost my job].

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Cockroaches, blood spillages, filthy kitchens: Racing day after exhausting day.

If you’re looking for the flashier, reality-television seamy underbelly of professional cycling and the organized doping of Lance Armstrong, et alia.

He wrote for The Sunday Times newspaper and others, and published a number of books. Its inventor had left it at that.

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I agree the system forced the riders to dope. However, he is no longer responding to emails from Kimmage and litigation is ongoing. An emotional Michael Douglas was honoured Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Paul Kimmage born 7 May in DublinIreland is an Irish sports journalist and former amateur and professional road bicycle racerwho was road race champion of Ireland inand competed in the Olympic Games. This book is for those who love cycling, but are grown up enough to realize why professional cycling can and should never be uncritically idealized.

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