Since I don't have any current training exploits to write about, and there is no new beer brewing in the LBK to discuss, I thought I'd use this space to do a quick review of a book that I just finished called "Chasing the Chimney Sweep" (ISBN-13: 978-0143020349). I selected this book back in June in anticipation of the upcoming Tour de France. Written by Selwyn Parker, it consists of paralleling stories about bicycling and France. The story recounts the author's (and his companions) modern day attempt to trace (by bicycle) the route of the original Tour de France, which was organized in 1903 by L'Auto, a struggling newspaper that created the event as a publicity stunt aimed at increasing circulation. Throughout these travels, Mr. Parker intertwines key events from the race with his own experiences riding around France during one of the hottest summers on record.
|The 6 stages of the first Tour de France|
|Maurice Garin, winner of the 1903 Tour|
If you have an interest in bicycles, travel, and the Tour de France you will probably enjoy reading this book. However, if you are the type of reader who needs more plot, character, and more historical details, this might not be your first choice for a read.
|Bradley Wiggins, 2012 Winner|