Gironimo! by Tim Moore audiobook

Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy

By Tim Moore
Read by Gildart Jackson

Blackstone Publishing 9781605987781
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The 1914 Giro d’Italia was the most difficult bike race in history; eighty-one riders started and only eight finished. Now Tim Moore is going to attempt it himself, and he’s committed to total authenticity. Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled around the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about “Horrid Lance.” His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d’Italia. History’s most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometer stages filled with cataclysmic storms, roads strewn with nails, and even the loss of an eye by one competitor—and it was all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine. Of the eighty-one riders who rolled out of Milan, only eight made it back. To truly capture the essence of what these riders endured a century ago, Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless, wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike, some maps, and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles. As Moore rides up and over the Alps and then down to the Adriatic (with only wine corks for brakes), Gironimo! is an adventure that is by turns bold, beautiful, and madly inspiring.

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Summary

Summary

The 1914 Giro d’Italia was the most difficult bike race in history; eighty-one riders started and only eight finished. Now Tim Moore is going to attempt it himself, and he’s committed to total authenticity.

Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled around the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about “Horrid Lance.” His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d’Italia. History’s most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometer stages filled with cataclysmic storms, roads strewn with nails, and even the loss of an eye by one competitor—and it was all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine.

Of the eighty-one riders who rolled out of Milan, only eight made it back. To truly capture the essence of what these riders endured a century ago, Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless, wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike, some maps, and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles. As Moore rides up and over the Alps and then down to the Adriatic (with only wine corks for brakes), Gironimo! is an adventure that is by turns bold, beautiful, and madly inspiring.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An entertaining and jauntily written travelogue that at times made me laugh out loud. With Moore as your guide, you may want to hurry over to Italy on the next flight out.” New York Times Book Review
“One of the funniest books about sport ever written.” Sunday Times (London)
“[A] hilariously painful, and poignant, adventure.” Irish Times
“[A] this funny and fascinating tale of cycling…On a mission that could easily veer into preachiness, Moore is too humorous a narrator to let the story go off track. Hilarious.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A superbly funny read.” Cycling Weekly
“A wonderfully written, extremely funny book…You read Gironimo! with a permanent smile on your face.” UK Press Syndication
"Gironimo! is partly a story of adversity, despair, and tenacity–and partly a funny, and often sweary, travelogue. I was hooked from the start.” Cycle magazine
“Moore’s adventures are perfect for adventure readers, cyclists, and sports fans alike.” Midwest Book Review
“Moore’s journey is peppered with self-deprecating humor, and his interactions with the people he encounters and charming towns he visits are very entertaining…Moore’s patented combination of humor and travelogue proves thoroughly engaging.” Booklist (starred review)
“Narrator Gildart Jackson gives Moore’s first-person travelogue a sarcastic, self-deprecating tone…Toward the end, the droll self-mockery gives way to reveal Moore’s pride in completing the tour on a bike he refurbished himself. Listeners probably won’t want to try Moore’s journey themselves, but listening is fun.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Wool and Wood on the Road

The title of this book might be a bit misleading for someone hoping to listen exclusively about the most grueling of all bicycle races, the 1914 Giro d’Italia. That history comprises only around one-quarter of the book; the other three-quarters follow Tim Moore’s attempt to re-enact that tour as authentically as possible right down to his shoes and wooden rims. Moore infuses his writing with so much humor that there’s a laugh mere minutes away. Although in most ways those 8 out of 81 riders who made it in 1914 had it tougher, Moore had his own share of difficulties the 1914 peloton didn’t. Most notably was the higher volume of vehicular traffic with cars and trucks and buses all traveling at much scarier speeds. How Moore made it through alive and with his humor fully intact is surprising, to say the least.
by Alan 9/13/2017
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A Fun Adventure of the Worse Bike Race

If you're a fan of any type of cycling you need to give this book a listen. Tim Moore decides to become mad and attempt to do the 1914 Tour of Italy on the same bike that the racers used. From the very beginning you can feel the frustration from getting the proper bike parts all the way to where he is actually riding the same course and becoming every frustrated with his adventure and local citizens. I believe anyone who has rode a bike more than a mile will quickly understand all these frustrations. A great listen!

Author

Author Bio: Tim Moore

Author Bio: Tim Moore

Tim Moore’s writing has appeared in Esquire and London’s Daily Telegraph, Observer, and Sunday Times. He is the author of French Revolutions and several other books. He lives in London.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 12.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English