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  1. says:

    I was a little than halfway through this book when it struck me why Stephen Roche was such a great rider He was often coined a natural talent yes he trained hard and intelligently he had a positive attitude he had some good teams and so on all very important elements to become a successful professional cyclist However Roche lived and breathed race tactics from the day he began his cycling career until the day he stepped off the bike for good and that was what made him so superior to most other rival riders It is doubtful anyone else spent effort working out their race strategy to the smallest of details From chapter 2 onwards this book reads like a tactical manual Anyone considering a career in the sport would be well served to read this book to get an idea of his thought processes before during and after races how he came about developing his race plan and executing it Roche analyzed each and every rider on opposing teams who he imagined could be a potential threat from climbers to sprinters and made sure he knew the race course and those certain riders well enough that he felt confident he knew where they could either attack or show vulnerability More often than not he was correct So detailed was his prerace strategy it gave him confidence enough to be patient to carry out his race plans which were usually spot on That attention to detail and patience served him well in time trialing a specialty of his and he seemed proud of that throughout the book No issue was too small to consider he paid attention to the minutest detail and followed his plan For instance he didn't lose sleep worrying about the dangerous descent at Joux Plane but knew that Delgado probably did because he remembered Delgado had fallen and broken his collar bone there in a previous year It seemed he had his own personal archive on other ridersThat discipline to carry out a plan provided him with the mental fortitude which helped him win a hostile Giro D'Italia in which most of his own team was working against him not to mention the hostile crowds along the race course He knew his teammates their capabilities and loyalties and often would wheel and deal with riders on other teams for assistance often choosing to sacrifice a stage win for that assistance in favor of the ultimate stage race victoryAn amazing athlete with a brilliant outlook and mind After reading this I felt it wasn't necessary to know every detail of his personal life and appreciated getting to know why and how he achieved what he did in professional cycling


  2. says:

    With all the revelations about the systemised doping culture surrounding Lance Armstrong's team in the 1990s it was interesting to read a story of a time before cycling was embroiled in one drugs scandal after another Although perhaps not as memorable as Armstrong's career Stephen Roche's will hold a place in cycling history for 1987 when he became only the second man to win the Tour de France the Giro D'Italia and the World Championships in the same season A uarter of a century after that remarkable feat Roche has produced his autobiography ''Born to Ride''The title seems apt as it appears that Stephen Roche was destined for a life on two wheels from uite early on in his life His father cycled and a neighbour spotted Stephen on his bike while he was a teenager and dragged him away from football in the park to try racing and Roche's course was set From here on in the book is a personal view of his career with brief glimpses of his personal life and a little at the end about his life after cyclingRecently I described the writing style in Leo McKinstry's Jack Hobbs England's Greatest Cricketer as perfectly fitting for the man and the actions it described ''Born to Ride'' is exactly the same in that the almost breathless and fast moving narrative when describing Roche's racing career fits the speed and demands of the sport perfectly Cycling is a sport where a lot of activity takes place on consecutive days and Roche describes an awful lot of those days in the saddle especially when he's competing in the major cycling eventsThis does give the book a slightly one dimensional feel as with Roche's life being entirely devoted to his sport there is little time for anything else This is reflected in the content of the book in that there are only brief mentions of his family in between the cycling and the parts of his life before and after cycling are really only touched upon Whilst I can appreciate that Roche was a cyclist first I would have liked a little about the man rather than just the cyclist he was However I can imagine that this single minded devotion to his cycling is what allowed him to be as successful as he was and what is here is certainly good enough that you don't really notice what is missingOn the plus side the narrow focus does mean that Roche never strays into the areas of sensationalism that many autobiographies can do Although he does dispute what others have said about him taking drugs which is very topical at present there is very little here about how he feels about things This means that there is no airing of dirty laundry and when you consider he's been through a divorce it comes across as uite gentlemanly by comparison to many autobiographiesThe other thing that comes across is that Roche writes very well Many sports autobiographies suffer from their authors being so dedicated to sport that things like education fell by the wayside But this is no monosyllabic ''Match of the Day'' post match interview style book Roche recalls much of what he did even all those years ago and manages to write about it in such a way that you can almost feel every turn of the pedal up the steepest of mountain as well as the exhilaration of speeding downhill on the way to winning a major stage raceFor any cycling fan this is essential reading particularly for the recent devotee of the sport who has seen nothing but it tainted by scandal This is a story of how hard work and determination can be enough to succeed in competitive sport and it's told so well you can feel a part of it For these reasons any fan of sports autobiographies in general will also soon become immersed in the fast pace Roche both writes and rides at It is a great book for anyone who has followed cycling for as long as I have and will become even an essential read when the paperback edition is releasedThis review may also appear in whole or in part under my name at any or all of wwwciaocouk wwwthebookbagcouk wwwgoodreadscom wwwcouk and wwwdooyoocouk


  3. says:

    Even though Roche says he has no regrets and maintains a pretty positive attitude towards life and bike racing it's hard not to wonder what if After his triumphant 1987 season he was never able to rise to those heights again Even Hinault Fignon and Lemond who also struggled with injuries after early victories were able to win big races again Sad


  4. says:

    Very insightful when discussing recovery from injury It was a real eye opener into this part of professional sport He brought his races to life even though I never saw video footage Mix of upbringing and family very colourful too Recommended to cycling fans I am one admittedly and non cycling autobiography lovers too


  5. says:

    Great read re an awesome time for Irish cycling


  6. says:

    I uite enjoyed reading this book It was a good insight into Roche's history and his personaI can remember the 87 tour uite vividly and still have the Channel 4 hi lights on video tape I watched every night and was enthralled by the whole event This book gave me another insight into the man who won that Tour I really liked the back ground about Roche's early years in Ireland and in France and the characters who helped him develop into the successful cyclist he was It was also interesting to see what he has done sinceI wont give too much away here but this is great for any fan of cycling from that era and sinceMuch open and personal in the writing style that the Bjarnie Riis book


  7. says:

    Roche was an OK cyclist who had one year of greatness but what a year The Giro won despite the efforts of his team team mates and Italian cycling fans then the Tour then the World Championships Only Eddie Merckx has done that It's an astonishing feat it wrecked his knee and his career dribbled on for a few years with no trace of the astonishing brilliance Roche displayed in '87 The book reflects that; mildly interesting in the build up to '87 fantastically insightful talking about that year then down beat full of descriptions of dodgy business ventures and broken relationships But there's '87 the best year any cyclist has ever had in the 30 years I've followed it Read it for that


  8. says:

    Interesting read – rather disappointingly the opening parts of the book seem to re hash stories which Roche himself has told often and even in the same words and phrases – the telling of the detail on the 1987 Tour is interesting as a reminder of just how many stages there were when changes happened The book gets better or to the point original with the end of Roche’s career and his reflections on post retirement and on Nicholas Roche seems to lack self awareness that the argumentsfallings out he manages with pretty well everyone he ever comes into contact with are always the other person’s issue


  9. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as someone with a good basic interest in cycling without having an in depth knowledge of the sport Roche is an intriguing character I just feel that the book just gave us a very uick insight and that it could have revealed so much A dedicated chapter on doping his family issues and his thoughts on the future of the sport could have made it complete but maybe the reason the book was so compelling wad because it literally was Roche's thought thrown onto the page Highly recommended for any sports fan


  10. says:

    Not too bad Very definitely some good insight into some truly historic races by a key figures in the 1980s cycling community I appreciated his opinions on some current trends even if I don't necessarily agree with everything he says Perhaps an under rated champion due to his years of injuryIn my opinion this is a better book than the Agony and the Ecstacy which essentially ends at the conclusion of the 1987 season although some of the material is obviously similar


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On 6 September 1987 Stephen Roche touched greatness Victory at the World Cycling Championship in Austria completed a near unprecedented ‘triple crown’ that included triumphs in the same year at the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia In April against all odds he fought his own team and an angry partisan Italian crowd who spat at him on his way to taking. Even though Roche says he has no regrets and maintains a pretty positive attitude towards life and bike racing it's hard not to wonder what if After his triumphant 1987 season he was never able to rise to those heights again Even Hinault Fignon and Lemond who also struggled with injuries after early victories were able to win big races again Sad