The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold

  • by Tim Moore
  • Narrated by Tim Moore
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Scaling a new peak of rash overambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000 kilometer route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike.
Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively subzero desolation of snowbound Finland.
Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-breathed Russian hostility, Romanian landslides and a diet of dumplings, Moore and his 'so-small bicycle' are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods, plus a shameful addiction to Magic Man energy drink.
Haunted throughout by the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse - at a time of ratcheting East-West tension.
After three months, 20 countries and a 58 degree jaunt up the centigrade scale, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

funny, informative, quality impersonations

My favourite parts were the authors impressions of the locals and people he met and his descriptions of particular situations he found himself in.
He lost me a little bit on the whole Cold war history lesson but i learned lots i didn't know about that time and how it affected and still shapes the countries he passes through.
Well worth a read and will be recommending to friends.
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- Marco

Unapologetically miserable

This is the story of a man who deliberately does something he knows he will hate and really enjoys complaining about it. It’s impossible to have sympathy for him, even though it was clearly a harrowing experience. His unbridled cynicism is kind of funny to begin with but quickly becomes tiresome. It seems like a very honest account though, and the author narrating his own story makes it all very authentic. He relies heavily on what he saw on a previous holiday with his wife to beef up his story of what was otherwise a fairly boring and monotonous trip. The snippets of history are interesting enough, but the attempt to turn every sentence into a multi-phrased work of poetry makes it harder to listen to than it should be.
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- JOhn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-06-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks