British cycling legend Barry Hoban launches autobiography

Former British professional rider Barry Hoban lunches new book, Vas-y-Barry, with a series of talks and signings

In this photo provided by PhotoSport International shows Barry HOBAN GBr wins stage in Bordeaux on velodrome, beating Francesco Moser (white) Rok Van Linden (B) Walter Godefroot (B) and Gerben Karstens (H)
Tour de France 8 stages 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1975)
Vuelta a España 2 stages (1964)
One-day races and Classics Gent–Wevelgem (1974)

(Image credit: Miroir Archives - PhotoSport Int)

Eight times a Tour de France stage winner, the only British pro to win Ghent-Wevelgem, podium places in Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege: these are a few of the highlights of Barry Hoban’s amazing 17-year professional career, a career he forged at a time when only a handful of British racers made a place in world pro cycling. He also raced against three of the four five-time Tour de France winners: Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault. Now he’s written a book about it.

It’s called Vas-y-Barry, or 'Go on Barry' in English, a cry Hoban heard many times in the 19 years he lived in France then Belgium and raced all over Europe. Two of those years were spent as an independent rider and the rest as a pro. Vas-y-Barry is written from the heart and a graphic account of what racing was like in his days.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.