Books I have read: One More Kilometre and We’re in the Showers

Whilst on holiday I saw a copy of One More Kilometre and We’re in the Showers by Tim Hilton in a charity bookshop.  I thought this would be an interesting book looking at the life of a seasoned 60 year old racing cyclist.  The book describes how Tim was brought up in a Midlands Communist party household and cycling being part of his escape to all sorts of places and people. He then goes on to cover the history of club cycling in Britain – the racers, races and politics / organisations; and the history and characters of the classic races in Europe.

At times I felt it got a little too dense, and a bit too pretentious, focussing on the golden time of cycling, and very dismissive of the modern versions of races such as the Tour de France.

If you’re a keen cyclist it’s worth a read, but otherwise I’d suggest giving it a miss.


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