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Paul Fournel - Author

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Books by Paul Fournel

Need for the Bike

Need for the Bike

Author: Paul Fournel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

A TRUE CLASSIC OF CYCLING LITERATURE 'Nobody evokes the transformative joy of cycling the way Fournel does here ... magical' - Herbie Sykes I ride to rest and to tire myself out; I ride to do myself good and to do myself harm ... one of the many cycling paradoxes explored in this unique and delightful book. I've never got over this miracle Starting with the childhood joy of learning to ride a bike, Need for the Bike goes on to relate the agony of climbing, the angst of crashing, and all the other universal moments and feelings which all cyclists will recognise. To get on a bike is to take possession of the landscape The sounds, smells, pains and joys of riding with friends or alone, finding things on the road; getting lost, re-reading familiar routes; Paul Fournel's classic comes as close as any book has to an encapsulation of why we all need the bike ...

Anquetil, Alone The legend of the controversial Tour de France champion

Anquetil, Alone The legend of the controversial Tour de France champion

Author: Paul Fournel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2018

Shortlisted for the Sports Book Awards 2018 for Biography of the Year and Cycling Book of the Year There are things he does alone, and things that he alone does. Jacques Anquetil was a cyclist with an aristocratic demeanor and a relaxed attitude to rules and morals. His womanising and frank admissions of doping appalled 1960s French society, even as his five Tour de France wins enthralled it. Paul Fournel was besotted with him from the start ( Too young to understand, I was nevertheless old enough to admire ) and followed Anquetil's career with the passion of a fan and the eye of a poet. In this stunningly original biography of a complex and divisive character, Fournel - author of the seminal Velo (or Need for the Bike)- blends the story of Anquetil's life with scenes from his own, to create a classic of cycling literature.

Anquetil

Anquetil

Author: Paul Fournel Format: eBook Release Date: 31/10/2014

Maitre Jacques"e;, wie ihn das Fahrerfeld respektgebietend nannte, duste in Anquetil tout seul"e;, dem Sportbuch des Jahres 2012 in Frankreich, durch die Kindheit seines Autors Paul Fournel wie eine majestatische Caravelle. Da dessen Bewunderung fur ihn, dem funfmaligen Tour-de-France-Sieger, nie erloschen war, kam er erst sehr viel spater auf die Idee, ein Portrait von ihm zu schreiben. Nun ist dieses bemerkenswerte Portrait unter dem Titel Anquetil - Mit Leib und Seele"e; auf Deutsch erschienen (egoth Verlag, ISBN 978-3-902480-85-9). Sein Pedaltritt war zu schn, um wahr zu sein. Er gaukelte Leichtigkeit und Anmut, Hhenritt und Wiegetritt in einer berwiegenden Mnnerdomne vor, die Holzfllern, Pedalrittern und Arbeitstieren vorbehalten war"e;, schreibt Paul Fournel. Damals, in den Sechzigern, war die Grande Nation in zwei Lager gespalten: Poulidor, der ewige Zweite und Matre Jacques"e;, der ungeliebte Stratege mit der Registrierkasse im Kopf - dazwischen gab es nichts. Anquetil ist nicht dem Fluch entkommen, der auf den Gelben Trikots der Tour lastet, die ihre Trger auf der Landstrae zwar unsterblich machen, aber nicht im wahren Leben. Er starb, wie viele andere, frh. Mit nur 53 Jahren. Er war jnger als Bobet, den der Tod mit 58 ereilte, aber lter als Fignon, der im Alter von 50 starb, whrend Coppi nur 41 Jahre alt wurde, Koblet gar nur 39. Als Anquetil in der Klinik Saint-Hilaire in Rouen den finalen Kampf seines Lebens fhrte, soll er Poulidor, so die Legende, zum Abschied vllig entkrftet ins Ohr gehaucht haben: Mein armer Raymond, ich werde als Erster die Reise ins Jenseits antreten. Du wirst Zweiter sein, wieder einmal!"e;

Need for the Bike

Need for the Bike

Author: Paul Fournel, Allan Stoekl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2003

A book like no other, Paul Fournel's Need for the Bike conducts readers into a very personal world of communication and connection whose centre is the bicycle, and where all people and things pass by way of the bike. In compact and suggestive prose, Fournel conveys the experience of cycling-from the initial charm of early outings to the dramas of the devoted cyclist. An extended meditation on cycling as a practice of life, the book recalls a country doctor who will not anesthetize the young Fournel after he impales himself on a downtube shifter, speculates about the difference between animals that would like to ride bikes (dogs, for instance) and those that would prefer to watch (cows, marmots), and reflects on the fundamental absurdity of turning over the pedals mile after excruciating mile. At the same time, Fournel captures the sound, smell, feel, and language of the reality and history of cycling, in the mountains, in the city, escaping the city, in groups, alone, suffering, exhausted, exhilarated. In his attention to the pleasures of cycling, to the specific grain of different cycling experiences, and to the inscription of these experiences in the body's cycling memory, Fournel portrays cycling as a descriptive universe, colourful, lyrical, inclusive, exclusive, complete.