read online Textbooks Riding in the Zone Rouge: The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling’s Toughest-Ever Stage Race (Audio Download): Tom Isitt, Roger Davis, Orion: Audible AudiobooksAuthor Tom Isitt –

The Circuit des Champs de Bataille the Tour of the Battlefields was held in , less than six months after the end of the First World War It covered , kilometres and was raced in appalling conditions across the battlefields of the Western Front, otherwise known as the Zone Rouge The race was so tough that onlyriders finished, and it was never staged again With one of the most demanding routes ever to feature in a bicycle race, and plagued by appalling weather conditions, the Circuit des Champs de Bataille was beyond gruelling, but today its extraordinary story is largely forgotten Many of the riders came to the event straight from the army and had to ridehour stages through sleet and snow across the battlefields on which they had fought, and lost friends and family, only a few months before But in addition to the hellish conditions there were moments of high comedy, even farce The rediscovered story of the Circuit des Champs de Bataille is an epic tale of human endurance, suffering and triumph over extreme adversity PLEASE NOTE When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site

11 thoughts on “Riding in the Zone Rouge: The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling’s Toughest-Ever Stage Race (Audio Download): Tom Isitt, Roger Davis, Orion: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Angry man Angry man says:

    Probably one of the most incredible books I have read Imagine , 6 months after the Devastation of the Great War the idea of a bike ride thru the battlefields of the Somme, of Artois Champagne and Alsace is suggested Many of the pre war Tour riders are dead, the survivors are in no fit state emotionally or physically for this great endurance event of 300K stages through the battlegrounds they fought in and over for the last 4 years And yet it takes place and the survivors come to take part The author a hundred years later rides the same route and likewise suffers in similar foul weather conditions they endured He records the trials and tribulations of this and yesteryear There is humour and pathos and pain and suffering, there is heartbreak and tragedy and sheer bloody minded determination My eyes were opened to the authorities indifference to substance taking in 1919 but would disqualify a rider for getting help from a blacksmith to repair his broken bike wheels It is a remarkable book with many photographs to evidence then and now Buy it

  2. Nino C. Nino C. says:

    This is a book of parts a history of a cycle race held in 1919, quick recaps of WW1 battles, snippets of cycling history with glimpses of the people and iconic hills and roads in cycling races that mean so much to racers, as well disturbing descriptions of what the war left behind when the fighting stopped, a tour of quiet and reflective war grave cemeteries, and, finally, but by no means least, the author s own retracing of the route All these parts meld together beautifully to give a funny, informative and fascinating look at a forgotten piece of sports history, as well as provide a reader with a wealth of information about WW1, its aftermath, the destruction it wrought, the sport of cycling and one man s desire to do right by those original riders of the race who were quite possibly wildly insane but certainly over medicated , in spite of what could only have been a demonically possessed sat nav It is, in turns, shocking, eye opening, bizarre, hilarious, captivating, sad, interesting, incredible and tragic It is unlike anything I have read before it is, quite simply, a gem.

  3. Heidi S Heidi S says:

    As a fan of road cycling and an avid amateur historian of the First World War I loved this book The author transports us with skill and charm back to 1919 and the race through the scarred earth of the Western Front as well as taking us through his own evocative recreation of the race route This is a well written, hugely enjoyable but jaw dropping account of the strength of human spirit and a poignant tribute to the men who fought and fell in WW1 as well as as the men who took part in the race.

  4. C. Thwaites C. Thwaites says:

    A wonderful account of an extraordinary race at an extraordinary time Some 80 riders set off in Spring 1919 on a 7 stage race around the Western front battlefields The organizers omitted to check that the roads were destroyed, rutted, muddy and in places impassable Some of the stages were over 300km.Imagine the nads on those guys.Only 20 or so made it The author recounts the race while retracing the course in 2016 There are horrific statistics One battlefield had a kill rate of over 1,000 per 100m2 Much of the land was ruined from shelling, subsidence, poison gas residue and unexploded ordnance There is land today which is off limits Too many bodies, artillery rounds, grenades, mercury poisoning.All right, no spoilers Any WW1 buff should read it As should any cycling buff Or any I m interested in things which are interesting buff So buy it.

  5. Ian Chester Ian Chester says:

    Imagine cycling through the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme just 6 months after the Armistice to end the First World War had been signed Then imagine cycling on the dangerous war torn roads through villages where the locals and military were still clearing the unexploded ordnance and burying the dead Add to this the horrendous, wintry weather conditions that raged over the Zone Rouge in the month of May 1919 and you have the crazy event called the Circuit des Champs de Bataille 87 riders were mad enough to take on this ghostly challenge and 100 years later one mad Englishman thinks it s a good idea to do the same Tom Isiitt brings to life the grim reality of this race to end all races, and we can sit in the comfort of our homes and follow him through the mud, the wind and the rain You ve got to admire his efforts and You ve got to read his book

  6. Liz Liz says:

    A really enjoyable read, I had never heard about this race, but, As a keen ageing cyclist and old soldier , I found this an excellent and enjoyable read without doubt, informative, mixing the endurance cyclists observations with a sense of humer, and respect for the history of the battlefields It hit the right notes for me I can thoroughly recommend this book.

  7. Stuart Stuart says:

    As a non cyclist I picked this up having my interest piqued by attending Paris Robaix and the TDF this year Bought as a holiday read it didn t disappoint A great mixture of Cycling history, World War One history and Tom s attempts to follow in their tracks paints a vivid picture of the difficulties that cyclists on any trip must overcome as well Especially of interest to me were the descriptions of post war battlefield life for those that returned to their homes and found a wasteland instead Love this book, it s funny, informative and poignant in equal measure I might read it every year

  8. P. Williams P. Williams says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book There are three strands to this story, the role of the cyclists who took part in the race, a brief description of the battles that took place at the various locations on the route and the experience of the author as he cycles a modern route based on the original race He pulls it all together well and it is a pleasure to read Well done.

  9. Dave Noordhoff Dave Noordhoff says:

    If you have an interest in the battlefields of 1914 1918 in France and Belgium you will love this

  10. Jani Jani says:

    Present for my father.perfect gift.

  11. John D John D says:

    Thank you