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The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman : A Bone-shaking Tour through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands

9781472945068

Every nation shapes sport to test the character traits it most admires.

In The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman, committed Belgophile and road cycling obsessive Harry Pearson takes you on a journey across Flanders, through the lumpy horizontal rain, up the elbow juddering cobbled inclines, past the fans dressed as chickens and the shop window displays of constipation medicines, as he follows races big, small and even smaller through one glorious, muddy spring.

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Cycling is wildly popular all over Belgium, but in the northern, Dutch-speaking half of the country it is part of the psyche. Tiny Flanders boasts a population of just 6 million, yet this small corner of northwest Europe has produced eight winners of the Tour de France, five times as many professional riders as Italy or Spain.

Blending reportage, interviews, observation, biography, and history, and written with affectionate humor by a committed Belgophile, The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman tells the story of Flanders' neurotic love affair with bike racing, from tough early heroes such as Jules Vanhevel--wounded by mortar fire in World War I and leading the world championship road race until he collided with a cow--to latter-day ironmen such as Tom Boonen, three-times winner of the Tour of Flanders and owner of a pet donkey named Kamiel.

Ranging over 500 years of Flemish and European history, across windswept polders, along back roads and through an awful lot of beer cafes, Pearson examines the characters, the myths and rivalries that make Flanders a place where cycling is a religion and the riders its lycra-clad priests.

AutorHarry Pearson
ISBN978-1472945044
Páginas272
FormatoRústica
Fecha publicación09/04/2019
EditorialBloomsbury Sport
LenguaInglés
Medidas19.8 x 12.9 cm

Harry Pearson's class and wit were the reason I wanted to start writing in the first place. To read his words on cycling and Flanders, two of the best things in the world, is a joy. (Ned Boulting)

Entertainingly informative. Pearson deftly laces an obvious love of the sport with an equally strong attachment to the culture it emerges from. (Nicholas Wroe The Guardian 2019-04-05)

Absolutely splendid ... full of wonderful things (Rhod Sharp BBC Radio 5 Live)

Entertaining (Richard Williams The Guardian 2019-03-04)

An enormously entertaining cycling journal. (Times Literary Supplement)

A witty, engaging guide to the spring bike races in Flanders (The Daily Telegraph)

Harry Pearson has been shortlisted for both the William Hill and the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph prizes. Slipless in Settle was the 2012 MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year and Connie: The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine won the award in 2018. The Far Corner has been named as one of the fifty greatest sports books of all time by both The Times and the Observer. His book A Tall Man in a Low Land is the bestselling English language travelogue about Belgium.

AutorHarry Pearson
ISBN978-1472945044
Páginas272
FormatoRústica
Fecha publicación09/04/2019
EditorialBloomsbury Sport
LenguaInglés
Medidas19.8 x 12.9 cm

Cycling is wildly popular all over Belgium, but in the northern, Dutch-speaking half of the country it is part of the psyche. Tiny Flanders boasts a population of just 6 million, yet this small corner of northwest Europe has produced eight winners of the Tour de France, five times as many professional riders as Italy or Spain.

Blending reportage, interviews, observation, biography, and history, and written with affectionate humor by a committed Belgophile, The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman tells the story of Flanders' neurotic love affair with bike racing, from tough early heroes such as Jules Vanhevel--wounded by mortar fire in World War I and leading the world championship road race until he collided with a cow--to latter-day ironmen such as Tom Boonen, three-times winner of the Tour of Flanders and owner of a pet donkey named Kamiel.

Ranging over 500 years of Flemish and European history, across windswept polders, along back roads and through an awful lot of beer cafes, Pearson examines the characters, the myths and rivalries that make Flanders a place where cycling is a religion and the riders its lycra-clad priests.

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The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman : A Bone-shaking Tour through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands

The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman : A Bone-shaking Tour through Cycling's Flemish Heartlands

Every nation shapes sport to test the character traits it most admires.

In The Beast, the Emperor and the Milkman, committed Belgophile and road cycling obsessive Harry Pearson takes you on a journey across Flanders, through the lumpy horizontal rain, up the elbow juddering cobbled inclines, past the fans dressed as chickens and the shop window displays of constipation medicines, as he follows races big, small and even smaller through one glorious, muddy spring.

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Harry Pearson's class and wit were the reason I wanted to start writing in the first place. To read his words on cycling and Flanders, two of the best things in the world, is a joy. (Ned Boulting)

Entertainingly informative. Pearson deftly laces an obvious love of the sport with an equally strong attachment to the culture it emerges from. (Nicholas Wroe The Guardian 2019-04-05)

Absolutely splendid ... full of wonderful things (Rhod Sharp BBC Radio 5 Live)

Entertaining (Richard Williams The Guardian 2019-03-04)

An enormously entertaining cycling journal. (Times Literary Supplement)

A witty, engaging guide to the spring bike races in Flanders (The Daily Telegraph)

Harry Pearson has been shortlisted for both the William Hill and the Thomas Cook/Daily Telegraph prizes. Slipless in Settle was the 2012 MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year and Connie: The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine won the award in 2018. The Far Corner has been named as one of the fifty greatest sports books of all time by both The Times and the Observer. His book A Tall Man in a Low Land is the bestselling English language travelogue about Belgium.

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