Faber & Faber - Racing Hard: 20 Tumultuous Years in Cycling
Racing Hard: 20 Tumultuous Years in Cycling
William Fotheringham discusses his new book Racing Hard: Twenty Tumultuous Years in Cycling (which contains a foreword by David Millar).
'A great writer and journalist who has contributed a huge amount to cycling over the years.' Sir Bradley Wiggins
'I was going from the gun. I wanted to win. In retrospect you can say it was my fault for racing hard.'
Chris Boardman, after crashing in the time-trial for the Tour de France, 1995
By one of the longest-serving and most highly respected writers on British cycling, an account of two decades of triumph, tragedy and scandal, from Indurain, Boardman and LeMond to Cooke and Pendleton, Wiggins and Armstrong.
William Fotheringham has been at the forefront of cycling journalism for the last twenty years. He was there at every race: he saw the passion and human cost of people driven by a will to win. Racing Hard is a no-holds-barred survey of the high and lows of the world's most demanding sport.
Everything is here: the brazen lying and bizarre cheating as well as the nerveless mountain descents, the battles against injury and superhuman courage in the velodrome.
Bringing together Fotheringham's best reportage with new insights, Racing Hard reflects on a definitive era in cycling. What would he have said if he'd known then what we know now? Which teams were not all they seemed? And which cycling heroes - if any - have stood the test of time?
'Educated, well judged and honest writing . . . when was the last time you thought that about a journalist?' Robert Millar
'One of the most highly respected of all the journalists on the cycling scene.' Sir Chris Hoy