For our April challenge, we can choose anything in the Non Fiction/Biography/Memoir category…
Writers’ Festivals are happening all around the country now – Newcastle Writers’ Festival is on in April. Plus the Emerging Writers’ Festival Launch: Fact vs Fiction is happening 30th April – a perfect time to read some non-fiction!
Relax and enjoy your choices as our weather cools in the countdown to winter:)
Doubling up with my **Autumn Reading Challenge – 2014** list;
Robbie McEwen – One Way Road: The Autobiography of Three Time Tour de France Green Jersey Winner Robbie McEwen
Robbie McEwen is one of the most successful road cyclists of the last 20 years, having achieved the rare distinction of winning over 100 professional races, including multiple stages in the prestigious Tour de France and Tour of Italy. At the Tour de France, he has taken the coveted green jersey three times. He spent his teen years winning just about every possible title for his age group at BMX, before discovering road cycling at 18. McEwen soon established himself as one of the foremost road sprinters of his generation. He took his first ever stage win at the Tour de France in the celebrated final stage of the race in 1999, on the Champs Elyseés. But it was between 2002 and 2007 that he had claim to being the fastest sprinter in the world. McEwen is renowned for being a forthright character, a favorite among fans, and respected by his competitors. Few cyclists have ever approached the sport in such a detailed way, and few have been as competitive. He now rides for Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack team, still competing at the very highest level.
A must read for any cycling fan.
❝ There’s something else that stopped me from winning so much in 1997 and 1998. I wasn’t stupid, and I knew something was up, but look at what it turned out was going on back then doping-wise. I’ll accuse nobody directly, but with subsequent admissions by certain riders it’s clear I was pissing in the wind thinking I was going to go out au naturel and beat everybody. I ignored it, but it’s no coincidence that after a load of riders and teams got busted in 1998, I started getting better again. Or maybe it was just the others getting worse. ❞