Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist

Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist

An eye-opening expose of and a heart-breaking lament for professional cycling

Paul Kimmage's boyhood dreams were of cycling glory: wearing the yellow jersey, cycling the Tour de France, becoming a national hero. He knew it wouldn't come easy, but he was prepared to put in the graft. The dedication paid off – he finished sixth in the World Championships as an amateur and in 1986, he turned professional.

He soon discovered it wasn't about courage, training hours or how much you wanted to win. It was about gruelling defeats, total exhaustion, and drugs - drugs that would allow you to finish the race and start another day.

Kimmage ultimately left the sport to write this book – profoundly honest and ground-breaking, Rough Ride broke the silence surrounding the issue of drugs in sport, and documents one man’s love for, and struggle with, the complex world of professional cycling.

‘A must read for any cyclist’ Cyclist
WINNER OF WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR

Title:Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780224080170
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    Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist Reviews

  • Andrew Hecht

    Irishman Paul Kimmage is not going to be winning any awards for writing any time. However, this was book was an enthralling page turner about the life of an obscure professional cyclist in the mid-198...

  • John Penn

    I love this book!! Even if you dislike the prickly nature of Paul Kimmage and his abrupt style you have to appreciate the guys moral grounding. By staying true to what he believes in Paul Kimmage has ...

  • Tudor

    I personally wanted more gory insight into the daily life of the peloton, but at the same time I realize what it took to write a book like this. More than the content itself, the courage to come forth...

  • David C Ward

    More important for what it did - pro rider breaks the omertà of the peloton to reveal doping - than what it is: a pretty grinding tale of how hard it is to race bikes. I get that it’s hard but ther...

  • Radu

    I found it rather boring, not particularly well written and could not really care for author's struggling with cycling.After working in the cold and headwinds for a while I used the same strategy the ...

  • Catherine Howard

    I think I would've been more impressed with ROUGH RIDE if I haven't just finished THE SECRET RACE (Tyler Hamilton's devastating memoir/exposé), but it's just Paul Kimmage's bad luck that I did. Becau...

  • Jimmy Burns

    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 ability on the...

  • russell barnes

    I don't know what it is about cycling memoirs but I find them the most fascinating of all sports books. They rarely stray into laddish #bantz or larks, instead are a more cerebral proposition, mainlin...

  • ChristinaJL

    Interesting, if rather bitter and at times, bleak portrayal of life as a domestique in the peloton of the late-80s....

  • Patrick Dean

    A clear-eyed look at pro cycling from a middle-of-the-pack Irishman. Unfortunately, what he says about drugs in cycling seems to be as true now as when he wrote in the '80s and '90s....