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PEZ Bookshelf: No Ordinary Joe

PEZ Bookshelf: No Ordinary Joe

Book review: One of the nice things about this gig is that people sometimes send you cool cycling books to review, in this case, ‘No…

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Book review: One of the nice things about this gig is that people sometimes send you cool cycling books to review, in this case, ‘No Ordinary Joe’ sub-titled ‘Cycling Legends 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, a unique collection of stories, USA & Canada.’ There’s a wee problem with the ‘No Ordinary Joe’ part of that title in that Joe Calzaghe, Joe Biden, Joe Paterno and others all have books written about them with the same title. No matter. Ron Skarin winning the Tour of Somerville on a Teledyne Titan – Photo by Robert F. George The book comes on the back of an English edition of the first book with this title written by Brian Jones, with his cover jacket intro telling us; “NO ORDINARY JOE is an homage to the amateur cyclist, the riders who receive far less column inches than their professional counterparts but who nevertheless have fascinating stories to tell. Indeed, the deeds of these indomitable cyclists should be recorded and lauded before they are lost in the mists of time. Let’s celebrate these wonderful riders by recounting their lives and times on the best mode of transport ever invented – the bicycle.” 1980 Lindsay Crawford La Vuelta de Bisbee Arizona Stage Race Whilst many of the riders interviewed in the book were unknown to me, if you call yourself an aficionado then champions the like of Don Awcock, Janet Birkmyre, Geoff Cooke and Dave Le Grys – the last three of whom I’ve had the pleasure to […]

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