Paris-Roubaix, The Inside Story

  • by Les Woodland
  • Narrated by Nick O'Kelly
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Paris-Roubaix bicycle race, nicknamed "The Hell of the North," is famous for sending riders over brutal cobblestone roads. Only the strong, brave and lucky survive the hours of bone-shaking racing without suffering some mishap or catastrophe. It is so difficult no one wins it by accident, and winning Paris-Roubaix automatically puts a rider among the immortals of the sport. How did that come to be? At one time roads everywhere were paved with cobbles. Why did Paris-Roubaix emerge to be such a special race?
Les Woodland tells the inside story of how one of cycling's classics grew from several 19th century businessmen's plan to bring cycling to the mill town of Roubaix. It wasn't a sure thing, and several times it seemed the race might die. It's a fascinating tale, so fasten your seat belts, Les is going to take you on a bumpy ride.


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Customer Reviews

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Well worth a listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Paris-Roubaix, The Inside Story to be better than the print version?

I love audio books, I can still read now that my commute is in the car rather than on the train.

What did you like best about this story?

I am relatively new to cycling so not that familiar with all the characters in this book, but that did not spoil my enjoyment. This book really brings the race to life

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If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hell on cobbles

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- George

Unbearable Narration

I genuinely believe had this account of Paris-Roubaix been narrated by a less robotic accented narrator, I may have enjoyed it.
In parts, I actually thought a voice program had taken over.
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- M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2013
  • Publisher: McGann Publishing, LLC