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Tim Moore, the ultimate amateur, attempts to complete all 3,630km of the Tour de France in the weeks before the professionals set off.

‘Bill Bryson on two wheels’ Independent

Self-confessed loafer Tim Moore, seduced by the speed and glamour of the biggest annual sporting event in the world, sets out to cycle the Tour de France. All 3,630km of it.

A few weeks before the actual Tour de France, British writer Tim Moore sets out to cycle the course and offers a laugh-out-loud funny and highly entertaining account of how the great ride would feel when embarked on by an amateur. Racing old men on butchers' bikes and being chased by cows, Moore soon resorts to standard race tactics - cheating and drugs - in a hilarious and moving tale of true adventure.

Reviews

One of the funniest books about sport ever written

Sunday Times

Bill Bryson on two wheels... A one-liner every other line...not so much witty travelogue as self-examination in a joke-heavy trial by fire

Independent

Moore is a talented and funny writer who, through a combination of slapstick, absurd simile and a healthy suspicion of French civilisation, gives us something to laugh at on almost every page

Daily Telegraph

Moore unleashes a high-energy torrent of astute observation and hilarious self-deprecation. Hailed as the new Bill Bryson, he is in fact a writer of considerably more substance... The jokes come thick and fast

Irish Times

Hilarious and inspiring... It is embarrassingly laugh-out-loud

Daily Express

I’ve got a degree in English, I’ve read all the books of Evelyn Waugh and just about every comic novelist, and its still the funniest book I’ve ever read … I caused a commotion on a train, I was laughing that hard.

Adrian Chiles, Radio 5Live

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  • Paperback

    9780224092111

    December 15, 2012

    Yellow Jersey

    288 pages

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  • French Revolutions
    Tim Moore

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    9781446414972

    January 18, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    288 pages

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