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review Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Peter Cossins Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep review Õ 3 Painter and decorator and a circus acrobat Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes Surprisingly it did and all thanks to a marketing ruse cycling would never be the same again Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s to see where the greatest sporting event of all began. I received this book for free through this site s giveaway programCall it 35 stars rounded down to 3 on account of the writing This book is good in a lot of ways but the writing from the level of individual words up through sentences paragraphs and chapters leaves something to be desired In particular aside from the things that are fundamentally stylistic I think that the book suffered somewhat from not having a clear focus or thread to tie it together The chapters roughly alternate between a description of a stage and a description of some other element of the race which is an okay structure to use but not a great one but the bigger problem is that each individual chapter just feels disorganized Cossins seems to want to include big picture political concerns alongside bar trivia factoids biographies alongside economics lessons and so on but there s only so much that I can take at any given moment To me this book felt like the reading euivalent of channel surfing you ll catch some good glimpses of things but you ll also kinda have a headache after a whileOn the upside I feel like I learned a lot from this book and despite its flawed prose I d recommend it even to people who are only casually interested in the subject Again it s not the most pitch perfect thing you ll ever read but the information is good I do feel like Cossins reached a few times in some of his conclusions and so perhaps it would ve been helpful for him to provide specific citations instead of just a general bibliography which is not something I ever thought I d say but overall he seems like a reliably guy and the book seems like a reliable book And I guess that there s a silver lining with respect to his inability to stick to a single topic or theme which is that there s probably something in here for many audiencesBasically on the whole I m pleased to have read this book and I think other people will be as well but I sure wish that Cossins s editor had put the clamps on him a little Blackmailed By Daddy rutted उरलं सुरलं roads and cheer the first Tour heroes Surprisingly it did and all thanks to a marketing Cock Tales ruse cycling would never be the same again Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s to see where the greatest sporting event of all began. I Son of the Hero Varyan Memoir received this book for free through this site s giveaway programCall it 35 stars The Alien Jigsaw rounded down to 3 on account of the writing This book is good in a lot of ways but the writing from the level of individual words up through sentences paragraphs and chapters leaves something to be desired In particular aside from the things that are fundamentally stylistic I think that the book suffered somewhat from not having a clear focus or thread to tie it together The chapters Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning Lifelong Learning and the Learning Society roughly alternate between a description of a stage and a description of some other element of the The Illusion of Gods Presence race which is an okay structure to use but not a great one but the bigger problem is that each individual chapter just feels disorganized Cossins seems to want to include big picture political concerns alongside bar trivia factoids biographies alongside economics lessons and so on but there s only so much that I can take at any given moment To me this book felt like the Folk Tales from the Soviet Union Central Asia and Kazakhstan reading euivalent of channel surfing you ll catch some good glimpses of things but you ll also kinda have a headache after a whileOn the upside I feel like I learned a lot from this book and despite its flawed prose I d Not The Hot Chick recommend it even to people who are only casually interested in the subject Again it s not the most pitch perfect thing you ll ever Pegged and Plugged at the Club read but the information is good I do feel like Cossins Tunnel Through Time reached a few times in some of his conclusions and so perhaps it would ve been helpful for him to provide specific citations instead of just a general bibliography which is not something I ever thought I d say but overall he seems like a Game of Bimbofication Part 3 reliably guy and the book seems like a Game of Bimbofication Part 2 reliable book And I guess that there s a silver lining with Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions Vol 1 of 5 respect to his inability to stick to a single topic or theme which is that there s probably something in here for many audiencesBasically on the whole I m pleased to have The Fatima Century read this book and I think other people will be as well but I sure wish that Cossins s editor had put the clamps on him a little

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review Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Peter Cossins Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep review Õ 3 Full of adventure mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating the first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair Its riders included characters like Maurice Garin an Italian born Frenchman said to have been swapped for a round of cheese by his parents in order to smuggle him into France to clean chimneys as a teenager Hippolyte Aucouturier with his trademark handlebar moustache and amateurs like Jean Dargassies a. This is a wonderful book While I follow the Tour every year and thus am a natural audience for this book I think even a casual observer of the tour can enjoy it It s impeccably researched by the author Peter Cossins and written in an extremely approachable manner Cossins provides a great deal of background context to the tour and to the men who dreamed it up Also to the phenomenon of bike racing But maybe most notably he narrates each of the six stages of that first tour like it s an event unfolding right before you Very dramatic very engaging And it s not just athletic feats he s narrating but also occasions of cheating road disasters injuries spectator enthusiasm the rush of riders to reach the reuired sign in sheets at designated stops during each stage the infighting and hard feelings between some of them In these chapters Cossins takes a wide variety of different accounts from the period and synthesizes them into smooth exciting present tense narratives I also appreciate the information he provides about what happened in the careers of the finishers in the years following that first tour of 1903 What comes through loud and clear both explicitly and implicitly is how the very first Tour de France became a kind of template for the entire future life of this most important of bicycle races In both good ways and bad And the reader can t help but marvel at how during an era of comparatively primitive bicycle technology and little to no understanding of training nutrition etc the finishers of 1903 were not only able to complete a gargantuan course one that almost managed to encapsulate the whole country but in many cases at remarkable speeds It boggles the mind

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review Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Peter Cossins Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep review Õ 3 Blacksmith who had never raced before Dreamed up to revive struggling newspaper L'Auto cyclists of the time were wary of this 'heroic' race on roads suited to hooves than wheels riding hefty fixed gear bikes for three full weeks 'With a few francs you could win 3000' the paper declared in desperation eventually attracting a field comprising a handful of the era's professional racers and among other hopefuls a butcher. I found this on the new book shelf at the public library To me the dust cover design didn t much suggest a newly published book and I have read enough books with a Tour de France theme that I took this home thinking I would give it 25 pages with the expectation that it wouldn t engage my attentionBut it did this focused look at the first instance of the Tour de France and how it came to happen drew me in A good book about professional bicycle racing successfully combines description of the context of the race enough but not too much about the significant riders and a narrative description of the race itself and that s what is I found hereFrom reading this and having read other books about the Tour I came away with a better understanding of just how much the structure and rules of the Tour de France have changed over the years since the first iteration in 1903Two aspects of the 1903 Tour de France surprised me One was that the new rule at the time for the race that forbid what was called pacing that is riders that were only part of the race to lead a designated team leader who would draft behind them Of course riders did draft behind one another but usually taking turns to help each other and not in support of one person The no pacing rule was in fact about leveling the field between teams with money to have riders and other smaller effortsAnother was the structure of the race overall which was uite different than recent years although it ran over 19 days as a multi stage race there were only six stages with longer periods for rest between stages that were on average far longer than what is done today Some amazingly given the lack of lighting on the route or available to cyclists in the form of headlights the stages would usually start in the middle of the night and run through the day with some riders continuing on into the next night Given the road conditions and the length of the stages the physical demands of simply completing a stage must have been incredibleAn enjoyable and entertaining read