|About the Book|
When Marie Marvingt decided to ride the 1908 Tour de France she was told absolument, non! by M. Degranges and the Societe du Tour de France. Instead she rode each stage 15 minutes after the official race had departed and finished all 4,488 kms ofMoreWhen Marie Marvingt decided to ride the 1908 Tour de France she was told absolument, non! by M. Degranges and the Societe du Tour de France. Instead she rode each stage 15 minutes after the official race had departed and finished all 4,488 kms of the parcours - a feat that only 36 of the 110 men who entered the race could equal. Her motto? I decided to do everything better, always and forever. Its in the spirit of Breakneck Marie that this book has been written.This is not an anthology of women writing about womens cycling. Nor is it an anthology of women writing about mens bottoms in lycra, or peloton crushes or the curse of helmet hair. This is an book that celebrates the diversity of womens writing about the glorious, sometimes murky, often bizarre and frequently hilarious world of cycling in all its soapy operatic glory - from the professional sport to the club run, on the roadside and in the saddle, behind the scenes and on the massage table.Ride the Revolution represents the best new writing on cycling from women involved in the sport at all levels – as fans, key personnel, riders, photographers, journalists and presenters.These fresh and vibrant voices examine the sport from a new perspective to provide insights that rarely make it into the mainstream - what is it like to be a top women rider or work in their support team? Where is the womens sport heading and when will more women be represented at the highest level of sports governance? And how do you get out and ride your bike when the news is full of stories of cyclists dying and you cant get clothing that fits?