Land of Second Chances The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team

by Tim Lewis

Biography / Autobiography eBooks of the Month Sport

Land of Second Chances The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team Synopsis

Where there is hope there can be redemption. Meet Adrien Niyonshuti, a member of the Rwandan cycling team. Adrien was seven years old when he lost his family in the 1994 genocide that tore Rwanda apart. Almost twenty years later he has a shot at representing his country at the Olympics. Meet Jock Boyer, the coach of Team Rwanda. One of the top American cyclists of all time, Jock recognises the innate talent for endurance that the Rwandans possess. A man with a dark past, Jock is in need of a second chance. Meet Tom Ritchey, the visionary inventor of the mountain bike and the U.S. money man looking to recover from a profound personal crisis.

Land of Second Chances The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team Press Reviews

'Fascinating... not a typical rags to riches, triumph against adversity tale... Lewis does a fine job of unpicking a tangled narrative' Observer

 

'A remarkable story... attempts to import the Lycra-clad, precision-engineered world of the Tour de France into rural Africa form the heart of this absorbing book...Team Rwanda's story could have been edited into an uplifting tale of unlikely success, with Niynoshuti's Olympic appearance as the rousing finale. Instead this is a more complicated, darker, account.' Financial Times

 

'It's a book that successfully melds many facets and characters. At times deeply shocking, always moving and occasionally very amusing, The Land of Second Chances is ultimately an uplifting story of hope Wheelsuckers His meticulously researched work merits a wider audience than appealing to devotees of the biking fraternity - and will surely get one... A good cycling tale and this one is a cracker' Birmingham Post

 

'An eloquent and compassionate tale by Observer author Tim Lewis. Perfect for: sport lovers after a leftfield underdog story' -- Sam Dansie Bike Radar

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ISBN: 9780224091770
Publication date: 13/03/2014
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780224091770
Publication date: 13th March 2014
Author: Tim Lewis
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Sport,
Categories: Travel writing, Cycling,

About Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis is a feature writer at the Observer and contributing editor of Esquire. He has previously been editor of both the Observer Magazine and Observer Sport Monthly, Britain's most prestigious sports magazine. Prior to that he was editor of the Independent on Sunday's Sunday Review and deputy editor of Esquire.

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