Saturday, October 31, The Beacon, 2.30pm: As Chris Froome was this year named the first Briton to win the Tour de France twice – it seems appropriate to find out more about the exclusive Yellow Jersey Club.
Writer and journalist Edward Pickering will be in Wantage on October 31 to reveal what it really takes to make a Tour de France champion.
In his latest cycling title, The Yellow Jersey Club, Pickering gains some astonishing insights into the minds of cycling’s best ever riders of the past 40 years, from giants like Greg LeMond and Stephen Roche, to more unfamiliar names like Bernard Thévenet and Joop Zootemelk.
The Yellow Jersey Club contains just 26 living members and to become one of this exclusive number requires complete dedication, brutal self-sacrifice and the most extraordinary physical attributes.
With the sport tarnished by decades of doping, Pickering will discuss what it really takes to accumulate such great mental strength, skill and endurance. He will consider what the differences are as well as the key factors in common – and what sets these men apart from the rest of the field.
The Yellow Jersey Club gives the reader unprecedented access into the secrets of the greats of cycling.
Pickering is editor of Procycling magazine, was previously deputy editor of Cycle Sport, and has been a regular contributor to Cycling Weekly, Rouleur and the The Cycling Anthology. He has also written for the New York Times and Loaded.
He was shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards for his last tome, The Race Against Time, about the rivalry between Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree, and he was also the co-author of Robbie McEwen’s autobiography.
Pickering says he is a keen fair-weather cyclist, whose mid-life crisis is manifesting itself in an on-going project to run a sub-three hour marathon. He also loves to indulge his other passion, taiko drumming.
Saturday, October 31. The Beacon,Wantage. 2.30pm
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