Riding in the Zone Rouge: The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling’s Toughest-Ever Stage Race eBook – Bilb-weil.de

The Circuit Des Champs De Bataille The Tour Of The Battlefields Was Held In , Less Than Six Months After The End Of The First World War It Covered , 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 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 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 PLEASE NOTE When You Purchase This Title, The Accompanying Reference Material Will Be Available In Your Library Section Along With The Audio On Our Desktop Site

8 thoughts on “Riding in the Zone Rouge: The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling’s Toughest-Ever Stage Race

  1. Angry man Angry man says:

    Probably one of the most incredible books I have read Imagine , 6 months after the Devastation of the Great War the idea of a bike ride thru the battlefields of the Somme, of Artois Champagne and Alsace is suggested Many of the pre war Tour riders are dead, the survivors are in no fit state emotionally or physically for this great endurance event of 300K stages through the battlegrounds they fought in and over for the last 4 years And yet it takes place and the survivors come to take part The author a hundred years later rides the same route and likewise suffers in similar foul weather conditions they endured He records the trials and tribulations of this and yesteryear There is humour and pathos and pain and suffering, there is heartbreak and tragedy and sheer bloody minded determination My eyes were opened to the authorities indifference to substance taking in 1919 but would disqualify a rider for getting help from a blacksmith to repair his broken bike wheels It is a remarkable book with many photographs to evidence then and now Buy it

  2. Nino C. Nino C. says:

    This is a book of parts a history of a cycle race held in 1919, quick recaps of WW1 battles, snippets of cycling history with glimpses of the people and iconic hills and roads in cycling races that mean so much to racers, as well disturbing descriptions of what the war left behind when the fighting stopped, a tour of quiet and reflective war grave cemeteries, and, finally, but by no means least, the author s own retracing of the route All these parts meld together beautifully to give a funny, informative and fascinating look at a forgotten piece of sports history, as well as provide a reader with a wealth of information about WW1, its aftermath, the destruction it wrought, the sport of cycling and one man s desire to do right by those original riders of the race who were quite possibly wildly insane but certainly over medicated , in spite of what could only have been a demonically possessed sat nav It is, in turns, shocking, eye opening, bizarre, hilarious, captivating, sad, interesting, incredible and tragic It is unlike anything I have read before it is, quite simply, a gem.

  3. Heidi S Heidi S says:

    As a fan of road cycling and an avid amateur historian of the First World War I loved this book The author transports us with skill and charm back to 1919 and the race through the scarred earth of the Western Front as well as taking us through his own evocative recreation of the race route This is a well written, hugely enjoyable but jaw dropping account of the strength of human spirit and a poignant tribute to the men who fought and fell in WW1 as well as as the men who took part in the race.

  4. Liz Liz says:

    A really enjoyable read, I had never heard about this race, but, As a keen ageing cyclist and old soldier , I found this an excellent and enjoyable read without doubt, informative, mixing the endurance cyclists observations with a sense of humer, and respect for the history of the battlefields It hit the right notes for me I can thoroughly recommend this book.

  5. Stuart Stuart says:

    As a non cyclist I picked this up having my interest piqued by attending Paris Robaix and the TDF this year Bought as a holiday read it didn t disappoint A great mixture of Cycling history, World War One history and Tom s attempts to follow in their tracks paints a vivid picture of the difficulties that cyclists on any trip must overcome as well Especially of interest to me were the descriptions of post war battlefield life for those that returned to their homes and found a wasteland instead Love this book, it s funny, informative and poignant in equal measure I might read it every year


    Just loved reading this account of the 1919 Western Front race across the former battlefields The author follows the route of this epic race taking in all the main battle areas I am very familiar with most the areas travelled through and felt like I was pedalling the journey myself at times Interesting read, if you are a battlefield traveller I think you will definitely enjoy this book.


    This book combines a history of the Zone Rouge of WW1, the story of a remarkable race and an amusing travelogue of the author s journey retracing the race route Excellent book.

  8. PW PW says:

    Excellent book, enjoyed the cycling part, but just leant so much of what happened in the 1st World War in this area