[[ Free eBook ]] We Begin Our AscentAuthor Joe Mungo Reed – Bilb-weil.de

For Sol And Liz, Competition Is Everything On The Road Or In The Lab, It S All On The Line As A Young Professional Cyclist In The Tour De France And A Geneticist On The Brink Of A Major Discovery, Success Looks Within Reach For Them Both If Only They Can Reach Out And Grab It But Everything Comes At A Cost, Whether That S Starting A Family Or Doping To Keep Up With The Team, And Soon The Worlds Of Drugs, Cycling And Family Will Collide, And They Will Be Forced To Decide Whether The Price Of Accomplishment Is Something They Can Afford In This Powerful, Gripping And Blackly Comic Debut, This Young Couple Must Ask Themselves What Is It We Re Striving For And What Is It Worth

3 thoughts on “We Begin Our Ascent

  1. okoshko okoshko says:

    I will preface my review by saying that you most likely need to have an interest in competitive cycling to appreciate this book.The story is told in first person by the main character Sol, a domestique racing in the Tour de France, intermingled with chapters giving us insights into his earlier life, relationship with his now wife Liz and his journey through the ranks of professional cycling.The Tour chapters are narrated in present tense similar to Tim Krabbe s The Rider , in a matter of fact and laconic style, giving them a somewhat edgy, nervous energy When Sol speaks about a sudden surge in pace or attacking out of the saddle, you can almost feel your own heart rate increase in response I don t know what background Reed has in cycling, but many a time I smirked at his accurate and subtly humorous descriptions of the minutiae of life in and out of the saddle often an austere existence the extreme lengths cyclists go to in preserving energy during downtime religious avoidance of stairs and even extra slow bovine nodding in response to their directeur sportif Sol s musings about aerodynamics the friendships and wars on the team bus the mental and physical exhaustion after a punishing day and getting up before sunrise the next morning to do it again.Perhaps inescapably, the story delves into the darker corners of the sport, doping and the ethical and personal dilemmas Sol faces because of it A treacherous descent inevitably follows a mountain finish, whether in a stage profile or the ups and downs of Sol s life and career.I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for an entertaining read along with The Rider of course , Ventoux by Bert Wagendorp and anything by Tim Moore.

  2. D. Elliott D. Elliott says:

    The last book I read before We Begin Our Ascent was Sir Chris Hoy s factual How To Ride A Bike which was all about cycling, but I probably learnt from reading Jo Mungo Reed s fictional account It is wonderfully informative on preparation, training, teamwork, tactics etc but I couldn t get away from my revulsion at the expos of drugs and doping I cannot understand cheating in sport The main protagonist of We Begin Our Ascent is Sol, a professional cyclist and the story is largely set within the period of the Tour de France, with flashbacks to Sol meeting his wife to be, Liz, his marriage, and birth of a son Other than this there little background to Sol other than his now deceased father would have preferred him to be a footballer, and his mother being too self centred to be any influence With regard to right and wrong, it is Liz who is the key in Sol s unsporting descent, as opposed to the book s title We Begin Our Ascent.In a sneaky and persuasive manner narrative employs humour to lighten the darkness of the storyline, and it shifts emphasis away from pressures on Sol to problems faced by Liz She is an intelligent research scientist confronting a career crisis, and she is highly competitive in her reactions Perhaps surprisingly it is Liz who goes along with the insidious suggestions of Sol s team coach which has cheating grow from tiny doses of testosterone to blood changes with Liz involved as a mule carrying controlled substances.Sol accepts his role within the peloton, shielding the leader and setting up the stage finishes etc but he is torn between not letting down his teammates and sinking deeper into the drugs and doping scene Characters are well developed with credibility to Sol and Liz, to other riders, plus various individuals as coach, doctor, osteopath etc and the dramatic nature of the plot intensifies with allegations of drug taking, with disaster, and with grief Though the final chapters present possibly the best descriptions of combative cycling, any understandings are laced with uncertainties Drugs and doping issues do not fit well with a satisfactory conclusion.

  3. Tawny Tawny says:

    I really wanted to like this book I really did I bought this because my boyfriend loves cycling mainly mountain biking, but he does like general cycling too and talks to me about bikes all the time and I thought maybe this might teach me something I have limited interest in Tour de France but I did want to get some insight into the world of cyclist athletes and how it effects their families too, as I am the other half in this respect The book is formatted in a way where it is looking at Sol s, a professional cyclist, competing in the Tour de France, and then on the other side about his wife Liz it takes turns throughout the book In this way I found it quite entertaining and not too samey, but I found the bits about Liz far interesting The bits about cycling were very repetitive and went into so much detail that I lost interest very quickly It took a very long time to get to the actual drama in the book about halfway through and it s just a lot to get through until things get thriling.So from the perspective of a non cyclist, I would say that this book just didn t really do it for me The writing style is good enough to read comfortably, and it s an interesting book psychologically in regards to sport, motivation and how things may not be how they seem on the outside Micro doping and the politics behind the team are quite interesting, for example the really intense training and the relationship with his coach particularly one bit stuck with me where his wife pushes him around in a wheelchair outside because his coach taught them they shouldn t exert themselves the day before riding , and how it effects his family too like I said it IS enough to keep you reading, but it just didn t grip me overall I found myself forcing myself to read rather than enjoying myself.If you love the Tour de France, maybe this book is for you if you don t mind just reading about cycling from A to B, or you find the competitive and psychological parts of it intriguing, but don t expect any real action until a lot further on in the book I learnt what a peloton is and about biking formations, which is a major plus and my boyfriend is very impressed with me, so this book has given me some brownie points