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Friday, 26 October 2012

Lance Armstrong: facts and fiction (mostly fiction)

Hilarious: after the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) stripped the American cyclist of his 7 Tour de France victories, a Glasgow bookshop simply shelved his autobiography in “Fiction.” Anyway, this is where the real champions are. If you haven’t seen The Triplets of Belleville, take a ride to your local DVD shop and watch it.
Also on today’s reading list, three great books on cycling:
    • H.G. Wells’s The Wheels of Chance (1895—those were the days, before the rise of cars—by the author of The War of the Worlds)
    • Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman (now a great classic of literature, not just literature about bikes, written in 1939-1940—famous quote: “Is it about a bicycle?”)
    • Les Triplettes de Belleville de Sylvain Chomet (2003)
    • Ralph Hurne’s The Yellow Jersey (1973—a detective novel featuring a prophetic drugs scandal in the Tour de France)

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