Tour de France: The Inside Story: Making the World's Greatest Bicycle Race (Audio Download): Les Woodland, Oscar Sparrow, McGann Publishing, LLC: Audible Audiobooks eBook –

The Tour de France is the greatest bike race in the world, but it began as a humble promotional gimmick for a floundering newspaper More thanyears later, the Tour still captivates the world and is broadcast to overcountries How did a few men looking for some way to save their struggling business become masters of a giant, successful enterprise Les Woodland tells the inside story of the Tour de France through the prism of the men who started it, and those who now run it As he explores the creation and evolution of the Tour, he never runs out of those fascinating illustrative tales that make his books impossible to put down This work was originally published in a slightly altered form inas Tourmen The Men Who Made the Tour de France It has been updated to reflect the events that have happened since the original publication

7 thoughts on “Tour de France: The Inside Story: Making the World's Greatest Bicycle Race (Audio Download): Les Woodland, Oscar Sparrow, McGann Publishing, LLC: Audible Audiobooks

  1. thinknicethoughts thinknicethoughts says:

    I bought this book as the Tour de France approaches Of course there are thousands of books about the TDF Les Woodland is an experienced journalist who knows his subject The style is light but packed with anecdotes, facts and explanations It is one of those books where you feel you ve sat down with someone who is a chatty expert who really wants to share the subject with you Following all the scandals of Armstrong style doping, this book gives you context and a sense of proportion It also draws in threads of wider history and relates cycling to the different eras in which it has existed More than anything it is book about people It is deeply human, exploring the scandals and eccentricities which flavour both life and sport You don t have to be any kind of cyclist or enthusiast to enjoy this book If the spectacle of the race catches your eye in any way, this book will put meat on the thin bones of those sweating superstars and those behind them An excellent read.

  2. Rob Cooper Rob Cooper says:

    Maybe I was being too much of a star chaser, but I was disappointed that this is a very dry, technical history, with little examination or comment on either the riders who have shaped the tour or the iconic stages This removes the colour and spectacle from this great race for me at least Maybe for some it will be interesting to read about the administration and organisation, but it left me slightly regretting the time I spent reading.


    Les Woodland s usual well researched, easy to read, informative book.

  4. Mr. D. J. Hill Mr. D. J. Hill says:

    Although a keen cyclist, I am not a fan of the Tour de France, I shall be honest Imagine, then, my surprise on opening this book and finding it to be not only entertaining, but very easy reading whilst managing to avoid the pitfall of patronising the reader Filled with a huge number of little anecdotes and interesting facts, I can honestly say that it is definitely a worthwhile read even for those who do not enjoy watching a large number of lycra clad men bang about on the continent.

  5. Cliente Cliente says:

    Una storia del tour dietro le quinte Un libro pieno di cose e personaggi Un lungo viaggio nel cuore della gara pi grande del mondo.

  6. Scott B. Williams Scott B. Williams says:

    This was a good book had a little trouble getting through it the politics of the race were very interesting to read about

  7. Brian Dayton Brian Dayton says:

    I m a big cycling fan so digging into the history was interesting However the book meandered through the history without a clear chronological or thematic framework it mixed both.