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Tomorrow, We Ride Paperback – Sep 3 2008


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  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Mousehold Press (Sept. 3 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187473951X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874739517
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A moving account of how two lowly Breton 'ploucs' upheld French honour during an era of great champions, epic Alpine battles, and the hard realities of postwar Europe." Luke Edwardes-Evans, Cycle Sport; "His story is of courage and disappointment, of highs and of lows and of two young Breton brothers who set out together on a road to cycling glory. It's a wonderful read that's just as inspiring as all those superb old Tour mags from years ago." Roger St Pierre, Cycling Plus


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great personal story March 7 2010
By Amos Brumble - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in the history of cycling this is a must read. Having the author being in the game with close ties to leading riders of the time brings a perspective that I have not found before. Excellent translation from French to English but you may need a minute to look up some words or phrases that were a little dated or obscure in modern English. Last two chapters need a second read they are so good.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
An easy going read authored by the brother of the first rider to win four consecutive Tour de Frances Nov. 21 2009
By Tom Plum - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is by the brother of the first rider, Louison Bobet to win four consecutive Tour de Frances and Jean Bobet was a rider himself professionally but he arrived at such racing in a bit of a roundabout way. The book is certainly different in that it's a rather relaxing read and the author relates his experiences racing and a lot of other details actually. One theme of the book is about his relationship with his brother but the book is also largely autobiographical.

Jean Bobet of France originally, was an English teacher and that is what he studied in University and an Anglophile and he even taught in Scotland but his brother being one of the premiere racers of the day compelled Jean to go and join him. I believe the author refers to he and his brother as a couple of "ploucs" which seems a little bit like "blokes" and the Britanny region of France was their home. If cycling has anything like an age of innocence, this might be close to describing it.

This book likewise, treats who were the big four of racing back after World War II, those being Fausto Coppi, Jean's brother Louison Bobet and the Swiss riders of Kubler and Kobet, these were racers who dominated for a time along with the very able Van Steenbergen who may not have won the Tours and Giros but was up there. Others appear as well, Anquetil towards the end of Bobet's career, Bartali at the beginning.

Practically all of the major races of today are mentioned in the book, Paris-Roubaix, Wallonia/Liege in Belgium, World Championships and some races that are no longer in existence.

Certainly, this is a different kind of cycling book from other first hand accounts that often seem to reflect the hyperness and frenzy of racing in the Peloton. Some darker aspects do get mentioned as well but are not dwelled on, a few pages worth. Yes, there was doping back in the day and probably always has been and at the lower levels, perhaps even organized crime was involved in race outcomes. Can we really expect any cyclist, even the honorable Jean to give us the total lowdown?

What makes things different with the bespectacled and mild-mannered Jean is that though a very competent rider in his own right, he was if I'm not being disparaging to say so, consigned to the background and his cycling career at times, seems just a little bit more, not to understate the matter, than a sidelight to his life...yes, his cycling career, his racing, but of course, bicycling itself Bobet gives tribute as being a great liberator, friendship maker and past time.

You can read info on the Bobet brothers on the web and then read this book and the biographies really are quite a bit different. Heck, I'm not sure if he even tells us the marque of bike they used...however, Jean Bobet also has written a book on his brother Louison in French still, 'Louison Bobet : Une vélobiographie.' I believe those interested in the Tour de France of which there seem to exist a large number of books on would find this very interesting in talking about a number of the riders on a more personal level.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Before the fancy years of racing April 30 2011
By valley rider - Published on Amazon.com
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Pro racing today takes a village if you hope to have any success. This is a story of two brothers who got on their bikes and rode. No fancy kit or bikes or team. They were in the "primitive era" and rode to greatness with just plain guts.
If you are amazed and excited about today's racing stars, you will appreciate the greats of a byegone era.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best cycling biography you will read. April 11 2012
By Outback Aussie - Published on Amazon.com
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Jean Bobet is the younger brother of cycling great Louison Bobet. As the information states he gave up a writing career to support his brother in cycling. It shows - he writes very well. Also good translation from French. This is not you typical biography but can hear Jean and Louison in the writing. Can feel like you are there. Gives an insiders view and the political machinations which may have cost Louison wins in both the giro and the tour. If you only buy one book on cycling think about making it this one. I am now looking for more books by Jean Bobet. Great book and non-cyclist will also enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Love Letter to a Brother and Cycling Oct. 17 2012
By Steve K - Published on Amazon.com
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This wonderful, little book is a love letter from one famous cycling brother to his also famous, cycling brother. An unsentimental look into the Golden Age of European cycling that informs, fascinates and charms the reader.

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