Charlie Woods traces his love of cycling from childhood to adulthood, recalling the challenges and new horizons which served as a rite of passage into manhood. He explores a sport which has been a source of pleasure and comfort to him throughout his life. However, this is much more than one man's homage to cycling. The book also analyzes cycling as a national sport and a pastime intrinsic to British culture and heritage. Today races such as the Tour de France draw huge British audiences, with coverage assured on prime-time TV. Through anecdote and analysis the bike is revealed in Bikie as a constant factor in a rather haphazard life—a source of solace and support with which to ride out every age and season, as well as a national tradition surrounded by history and folklore.
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Charlie Woods was the co-translator of Fausto Coppi: The True Story and has written for Cycling Weekly and Cycle News.Review:
"Bikie is not just a poignant and very funny autobiography, it is also a beautifully written piece of social history" The Times Literary Supplement
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