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bianchigirl

Shameless Plug - 100 Tours 100 Tales

I frankly admit this is a shameless plug for 100 Tours 100 Tales but I'm proud of it and wanted to share it with my old mates at JC

If you're interested it's available here http://velocast.cc/100-tours-100-tales

Otherwise just read the blog but the ebook has some cool stuff in it Wink
MAILLOT JAUNE

That's great - nothing wrong with a bit of shameless plugging. I'll definitely buy it once I can work out how to get non-amazon books on my Kindle. Thanks for sharing - I hope none of the tales are about any of us!!!  Wink  Wink  Wink
SlowRower

Re: Shameless Plug - 100 Tours 100 Tales

bianchigirl wrote:
I frankly admit this is a shameless plug for 100 Tours 100 Tales but I'm proud of it and wanted to share it with my old mates at JC

If you're interested it's available here http://velocast.cc/100-tours-100-tales

Otherwise just read the blog but the ebook has some cool stuff in it Wink


Thanks for this link. The mystery of the identity of Change Cycling Now's "Che Guevara" is a mystery no longer! I'm impressed that your Dad has his own Wiki page.

On a serious note, I've read a few of the blog entries and they are excellent. I hope you don't mind me saying so, but they are far more balanced and reasoned than one might have expected based on this forum and all the better for this. Smile

Chapeau!
bianchigirl

Thanks both

MJ try using Calibre though it is in the right format to be viewed on a kindle - if in doubt, ask those lovely chaps at Velocast Wink

SR I am essentially balanced and reasonable Wink Suppose in the cut & thrust of a forum argument it's easy to be more of an agent provocateur, plus my views have changed & shifted - for example, did you see the stuff about Santambrogio and the twitter intervention - point is, why should he pay the greatest price for what is essentially a poor choice, and the kind of thing we all do. Having said which, I maintain that Armstrong is different - he was an enabler & a bully, a quite cynical manipulator - but doping is so nuanced, it's only ever a piece of the puzzle - think my ultimate conclusion is I want the 80s back again, when, to paraphrase Fignon, the doping was shit but the exploits were incredible.
MAILLOT JAUNE

Thanks for info bg.

Sorry to hijack the thread a bit, but does anyone know if LA Confidential is, or will be, available in English. I believe there's a pdf version, but wanted to buy a proper e-book of it.
bianchigirl

You'd think it would finally make it to release in light of the Reasoned Decision, wouldn't you? Let me ask around on twitter
SlowRower

bianchigirl wrote:
...my ultimate conclusion is I want the 80s back again, when, to paraphrase Fignon, the doping was shit but the exploits were incredible.


I feel the same about Snooker (without the doping angle) to be honest. Where are the real characters like Hurricane Higgins, Big Bill Werbeniuk and Steve "Interesting" Davis?

Likewise Darts. Oh for a bit of "They'll be singing and they'll be Highland Flinging in the Streets of Kirkaldy tonight" as Jocky Wilson dished it out to Eric Bristow.

In fact, most elite sport is pretty dull these days. Even Rugby players have gone tame, Manu Tuilagi notwithstanding. "Back in the day" the touring Lions used to demolish hotels and the manager's main job was to stop the players getting arrested. Nowadays, they spend their spare time coaching youngsters (fine and worthy) and being pleasant to corporate hangers-on (a financial necessity).
berck

MAILLOT JAUNE wrote:
That's great - nothing wrong with a bit of shameless plugging.


Only thing worse than shameless plugging is not saying anything about it at all! Wink

I can't look at the link right now, but I will.

Thanks BG for sharing!
bianchigirl

Thanks Berck - if you like it tell all your friends and if you don't, you never saw that link in the first place Wink)

MJ doesn't seem as if there are plans to release as a proper book in UK - think the argument is that Walsh's work on the story is covered in 'From Lance to Landis' and '7 Deadly Sins' - would dearly love to hear more from Ballester, though - he's the unsung hero, really.

SR - Chris Froome - nuff said Wink
gerry12ie

BG - Good stuff, I read some on the blog over the summer but now 'tis winter and thoughts turn to mud, sweat and gears.  Any plans for a hard copy?

Was discussing Santambrogio with the better half the other night and she raised a good point (she tends to do that) about care of duty, which the UCI under Pat were shamefully lacking.  It's fair enough that a rider caught at the cookie jar should be dismissed but as we have seen with Jaksche, Landis et al there really is no support network to help those caught that might want to cooperate further and in Santa's case he ended up in a dark place, with nobody in his corner.
MAILLOT JAUNE

Thanks for feedback bg.

I've read the other two books - just thought it'd be interesting to read LA. I'll just have to brush up on my French  Wink
bianchigirl

Gerry, would love a proper paper artefact - hope that, if it starts selling enough & getting noticed the publishers might come sniffing...Wink

Mrs G is absolutely right & have raised that point too - a rider has all support withdrawn when at their most vulnerable, something Cookson really needs to look at - but I think mental health of riders in general, caught or not, is an issue in the pro peloton - remarkable the number of riders through history who've had demonstrable mental health issues. And, who knows, if riders have that support as a matter of course, would it help some to stop making questionable decisions in the first place?
SlowRower

bianchigirl wrote:
SR - Chris Froome - nuff said Wink


Fortunately, the future Mrs Froome provides enough off-bike entertainment for the whole team!
bianchigirl

That woman's one continual face palm - bless her
berck

Ok, for Bart's sake, I have to ask the obvious question. Will you do the 100 giros 100 tales in four years? Wink

I haven't down a lot of ebooks except through Amazon. If I buy this one, do I just download it to my Kindle, tablet, etc? Just want to make sure I get it right before I purchase.
bianchigirl

berck, it's in a universal format so should work whatever you download it to - any problems contact the lovely lads at Velocast & they'll provide support.

Would love to do 100 Tales from the Giro but will need to learn Italian first Wink Knowing French was a real advantage in digging out some nuggets - and getting additional info on some stories - that aren't in English
MAILLOT JAUNE

berck wrote:
I haven't down a lot of ebooks except through Amazon. If I buy this one, do I just download it to my Kindle, tablet, etc? Just want to make sure I get it right before I purchase.


I've just sent a message to Velocast asking about compatibility with an Amazon Kindle and how to download it - I'll let you know what the response is.

Didn't know Velocast were based in Peebles, Scotland!!!
bianchigirl

Scott (and John) have been great through all of this - met Scott at CCN and we've been great mates ever since - thoroughly recommend their podcasts too Wink
Biosphere

I too had read some of the columns during the summer, and I too thought the constraints of writing on Twitter had done you a disservice. Good luck with it.
MAILLOT JAUNE

Just had a response from John at Velocast:

"Weíve made the book in ePub format which is the most versatile, and open ebook file type. The Amaxzon Kindle uses a proprietary .mobi format for itís DRM protected books.

Donít panic though! I do all of my reading on my Kindle and source books from places other than Amazon all the time. The best solution Iíve found is Calibre, free open source software to manage your library. http://calibre-ebook.com Itís a simple way to get content onto your Kindle and converts most ebook file formats on the fly. Thereís a walk through here http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_...o-read-epub-files-on-your-kindle/

Alternatively, we can email you a PDF of the book that you can read on your Kindle but you lose a lot of the benefits of a proper eBook format (font size, indexing etc)"
bianchigirl

Are you finding that helpful or not? Have used calibre myself and found it absolutely fine
MAILLOT JAUNE

Just reading up on it bg, but thanks for the affirmation of Calibre as I've never used it.
berck

MAILLOT JAUNE wrote:
Just had a response from John at Velocast:

"Weíve made the book in ePub format which is the most versatile, and open ebook file type. The Amaxzon Kindle uses a proprietary .mobi format for itís DRM protected books.

Donít panic though! I do all of my reading on my Kindle and source books from places other than Amazon all the time. The best solution Iíve found is Calibre, free open source software to manage your library. http://calibre-ebook.com Itís a simple way to get content onto your Kindle and converts most ebook file formats on the fly. Thereís a walk through here http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_...o-read-epub-files-on-your-kindle/

Alternatively, we can email you a PDF of the book that you can read on your Kindle but you lose a lot of the benefits of a proper eBook format (font size, indexing etc)"


Thanks MJ for getting the information! Smile
SlowRower

I've read a few more sections - still very good.

One observation, though...

The outbreak of the MAMIL, particularly in the UK is relatively recent. So the comment about "cycling being the new golf post-Armstrong" is a bit misleading. The major boost to participation in cycling in the UK amongst the MAMIL brigade is the success of Mark Cavendish (based on discussion with the LBSs). Certainly, the rise of the MAMIL in the UK post-dates Armstrong, but it would have happened anyway - all other things equal - whereas the reference to Armstrong implies there is some link.

There are still more HTC jerseys on the local roads than even Sky jerseys, and USPS/Disco tops are only slightly less rare than hens' teeth.
bianchigirl

It's a fair point SR but it's inescapable that Armstrong, on the global stage, promoted the renaissance in interest in recreational cycling - and it pains me to say that Wink But yes, rise of Cav/Wiggins had the bigger impact in the UK
Nolte

congratulations, bg. Smile
i'll read it but not yet as don't have my own laptop and i don't, to the shock of many people i know, don't have an e-reader
Bartali

I've only just sen this - good work BG!
HuwB

Bartali wrote:
I've only just seen this - good work BG!


Quite ashamed.
I've on just stumbled upon it elsewhere, having been in Holland when this thread was started.
Chapeau, BG. (quietly leaves the lounge...............)
Biosphere

This deserves to be linked. Nice one Smile

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID...volt-and-Bottecchias-triumph.aspx
gerry12ie

This arrived yesterday, ostensibly as a present for my better half...




Looks a great read and edited by our own BG.  Seems to be missing a chapter on Longo though... Shocked
Nolte

Maybe her whereabouts were not known Wink

Looks a good read
gerry12ie

Nolte wrote:
Maybe her whereabouts were not known Wink



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