Tim Moore - French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France

French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France by Tim Moore

SUMMARY: Author rides the route of the 2000 Tour De France course. More of a travelogue than a book about cycling.

I got this book from the library thinking it would be about riding in the Tour De France. It turned out to be written by a magazine editor who rode the 2000 Tour De France course before that actual race. He of course rode it much slower, on a bag equipped with panniers. He did skip a couple very small portions such as the last part of the climb up one of the grueling hills on the course. But the book is less about cycling, and is more of a travelogue. So the book was a little bit of a disappointment. I thought it was actually going to be by a Tour De France Competitor, and I thought it was going to be more about cycling. The book was also slow in spots. There were times when I considered skipping the rest of the book, and going on to another. But I stuck it out.
It did reinforce my goal never to travel to France. Such as when he tried to take his bike on the train, and they forced him to take it off totally ignoring the fact that there was a little bike symbol on their train schedule.
I was also disappointed when the author mentioned that after his trip, he put the bike out with his kids bikes and that the chain was rusting, and the bike was gathering cobwebs. What a waste of a nice bike.
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