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Riding in the Zone Rouge: The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling's Toughest-Ever Stage Race

Riding in the Zone Rouge: The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling's Toughest-Ever Stage Race (Hardback)

By Isitt, Tom

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The true story of the toughest bicycle race ever staged, the Circuit des Champs de Bataille (the Tour of the Battlefields) The Circuit des Champs de Bataille (the Tour of the Battlefields) was held in 1919, less than six months after the end of the First World War. It covered 2,0...00 kilometres and was raced in appalling conditions across the battlefields of the Western Front, otherwise known as the Zone Rouge. The race was so tough that only 21 riders finished, and it was never staged again. With one of the most demanding routes ever to feature in a bicycle race, and plagued by appalling weather conditions, the Circuit des Champs de Bataille was beyond gruelling, but today its extraordinary story is largely forgotten. Many of the riders came to the event straight from the army and had to ride 18-hour stages through sleet and snow across the battlefields on which they had fought, and lost friends and family, only a few months before. But in addition to the hellish conditions there were moments of high comedy, even farce. The rediscovered story of the Circuit des Champs de Bataille is an epic tale of human endurance, suffering and triumph over extreme adversity.
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ISBN 9781409171140
Released NZ 21 Mar 2019
Publisher Orion Publishing
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781409171140
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Released 21 Mar 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Isitt, Tom
Category World History: First World War
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Cycling
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 796.626094409041
Weight 560g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Circuit des champs de bataille Bicycle race - 1919 - History, Bicycle racing - History - 20th century - France, Northern, Bicycle racing - History - 20th century - Belgium, Bicycle racing - History - 20th century - Luxembourg
NBS Text Motor Sports & Cycling
ONIX Text General/trade

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