The Race Against Time by Edward Pickering review

The Race Against Time by Edward Pickering, book
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Scot suffered from depression but always hid it by playing the quirky inventor. Similarly, Boardman did nothing to change the public's perception of him as the emotionless robot. The Race Against Time goes in search of what was really going on behind the scenes.

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It was an unwritten rule that only great champions could attempt the Hour record: Desgrange, Petit-Breton, Coppi, Anquetil and Merckx. But on July 17, 1993, an unknown Scot on a bike made out of bits of old washing machine broke that rule and the record.

Six days later, a Liverpudlian - better known for winning the Olympic pursuit - on a space-age carbon-fibre bike, stole it from him.

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