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Blacksmith who had never raced before Dreamed up to revive struggling newspaper L'Auto cyclists of the time were wary of this 'heroic' race on roads suited to hooves than wheels riding hefty fixed gear bikes for three full weeks 'With a few francs you could win 3000' the paper declared in desperation eventually attracting a field comprising a handful of the era's professional racers and among other hopefuls a butcher. I found this on the new book shelf at the public library To me the dust cover design didn t much suggest a newly published book and I have read enough books with a Tour de France theme that I took this home thinking I would give it 25 pages with the expectation that it wouldn t engage my attentionBut it did this focused look at the first instance of the Tour de France and how it came to happen drew me in A good book about professional bicycle racing successfully combines description of the context of the race enough but not too much about the significant riders and a narrative description of the race itself and that s what is I found hereFrom reading this and having read other books about the Tour I came away with a better understanding of just how much the structure and rules of the Tour de France have changed over the years since the first iteration in 1903Two aspects of the 1903 Tour de France surprised me One was that the new rule at the time for the race that forbid what was called pacing that is riders that were only part of the race to lead a designated team leader who would draft behind them Of course riders did draft behind one another but usually taking turns to help each other and not in support of one person The no pacing rule was in fact about leveling the field between teams with money to have riders and other smaller effortsAnother was the structure of the race overall which was uite different than recent years although it ran over 19 days as a multi stage race there were only six stages with longer periods for rest between stages that were on average far longer than what is done today Some amazingly given the lack of lighting on the route or available to cyclists in the form of headlights the stages would usually start in the middle of the night and run through the day with some riders continuing on into the next night Given the road conditions and the length of the stages the physical demands of simply completing a stage must have been incredibleAn enjoyable and entertaining read

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Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep

Painter and decorator and a circus acrobat Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes Surprisingly it did and all thanks to a marketing ruse cycling would never be the same again Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s to see where the greatest sporting event of all began. I received this book for free through this site s giveaway programCall it 35 stars rounded down to 3 on account of the writing This book is good in a lot of ways but the writing from the level of individual words up through sentences paragraphs and chapters leaves something to be desired In particular aside from the things that are fundamentally stylistic I think that the book suffered somewhat from not having a clear focus or thread to tie it together The chapters roughly alternate between a description of a stage and a description of some other element of the race which is an okay structure to use but not a great one but the bigger problem is that each individual chapter just feels disorganized Cossins seems to want to include big picture political concerns alongside bar trivia factoids biographies alongside economics lessons and so on but there s only so much that I can take at any given moment To me this book felt like the reading euivalent of channel surfing you ll catch some good glimpses of things but you ll also kinda have a headache after a whileOn the upside I feel like I learned a lot from this book and despite its flawed prose I d recommend it even to people who are only casually interested in the subject Again it s not the most pitch perfect thing you ll ever read but the information is good I do feel like Cossins reached a few times in some of his conclusions and so perhaps it would ve been helpful for him to provide specific citations instead of just a general bibliography which is not something I ever thought I d say but overall he seems like a reliably guy and the book seems like a reliable book And I guess that there s a silver lining with respect to his inability to stick to a single topic or theme which is that there s probably something in here for many audiencesBasically on the whole I m pleased to have read this book and I think other people will be as well but I sure wish that Cossins s editor had put the clamps on him a little

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Full of adventure mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating the first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair Its riders included characters like Maurice Garin an Italian born Frenchman said to have been swapped for a round of cheese by his parents in order to smuggle him into France to clean chimneys as a teenager Hippolyte Aucouturier with his trademark handlebar moustache and amateurs like Jean Dargassies a. I was reading this book as the 2017 Tour de France was happening It was interesting to look at the contrast between the first riders of the event their bikes were heavy they wore wool or cotton clothing they rode ridiculous distances stages typically between 400 and 500 KM they rode day and night with no lighting on mostly dirt roads and contrast it today s riders in their Lycra skinsuits and their super lightweight bikes riding shorter distances on paved roads Before I read this book I did not realize that in the early days of bicycling the only way to change the gear was to change the back wheel so the bikers competing in the first Tour generally chose the gear they wanted to ride in and rode that one gear for the whole stage It does make you wonder how Chris Froome or Lance Armstrong would have done on that first Tour with similar euipment and no support from a teamThis books brings to light and puts into perspective how the most iconic bike race came to be and the hardy souls who undertook such an arduous and crazy task It also shows how the Tour had many effects besides being an awesome sporting spectacle it helped popularize bicycling it helped bring the country of France together it helped a nation feel proud of itselfThe story of the Tour is told in alternating seuence of events surrounding the Tour and reporting on each stage as if we were reading a contemporary newspaper account of the the race The author has obviously done extensive research into the topic his thorough knowledge really showsSome history books are informative and dull this is NOT one of those types It is a history book that is easy and enjoyable to read I learned a lot from it and as a result have great admiration for all the riders that too part in the first Tour de France You do not have to be a history buff to enjoy this book it is a great story well toldI received an advance readers copy through a Goodreads giveaway I know the ARCs differ from the formally published items One thing I wished the ARC had was some maps as an American a bit shaky on the geography of France I had trouble envisioning the various stages It may be the formally published edition has maps and if so that is a great addition the book is still enjoyable without maps I just had to put it down to look things upHighly recommend this book for fans of history fans of cycling and fans of the Tour de France


10 thoughts on “Butcher Blacksmith Acrobat Sweep

  1. says:

    I was reading this book as the 2017 Tour de France was happening It was interesting to look at the contrast between the first riders of the event their bikes were heavy they wore wool or cotton clothing they rode ridiculous

  2. says:

    A must read for Tour fans Probably a little heftier than needed but good details from the event that started everything Vive le Tour

  3. says:

    This is a wonderful book While I follow the Tour every year and thus am a natural audience for this book I think even a casual observer of the

  4. says:

    I am not a fan of the Tour de France but I loved this book Cossins does an excellent job of placing the race in the cultural economic and social context of Belle Epoue France as well as making the characters both on and off the route memorable and intriguing A really fun and interesting read

  5. says:

    I found this on the new book shelf at the public library To me the dust cover design didn't much suggest a newly published book and I have read enough books with a Tour de France theme that I took this home thinking I would give it 25 pages with the expectation that it wouldn't engage my attentionBut it did this focused look at the first instance of the Tour de France and how it came to happen drew me in A good book about professional bic

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    Professional cycling's premier event is the Tour de France and The First Tour de France provides a comprehensive look at turn of the century biking and the birth of the race Though the modern bicycle was still relatively new there were already a million bikes in France by the early 20th century and racing was a p

  7. says:

    I received this book for free through this site's giveaway programCall it 35 stars rounded down to 3 on account of the writing This book is good in a lot of ways but the writing from the level of individual words

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    Historian Peter Cossins’ book The First Tour De France is the story of 1903’s first version of that Sporting Event Cossins according to Penguin Publishing’s website has been writing about cycling since 1993 In an interview with Feargal McKay of Sports Blog Nation from July of 2017 Cossins says he was struck when researching for The First Tour De France even through “race may have been 114 years ago and can seem

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    British freelance cycling journalist Peter Cossins’s nuts and bolts history of the inaugural 1903 Tour de France and its national and international contexts The concept for first Tour emerges along the uniuely

  10. says:

    The main thing I learned about cycling in general after reading this book about the creation of the Tour de France and running its fir

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