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Riding in the Zone Rouge: The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling's Toughest-Ever Stage Race
 

Riding in the Zone Rouge: The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling's Toughest-Ever Stage Race (Paperback)

By Isitt, Tom

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    11 Jun 20

The Circuit des Champs de Bataille (the Tour of the Battlefields) was held in 1919, less than six months after the end of the First World War. It covered 2,000 kilometres and was raced in appalling conditions across the battlefields of the Western Front, otherwise known as the Zo...ne Rouge. The race was so tough that only 21 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 18-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.
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ISBN 9781409171157
Released AU 11 Jun 2020
Publisher Orion Publishing
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781409171157
Stock Release date is 11 June 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Released 11 Jun 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Isitt, Tom
Category World History: First World War
European History
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Cycling
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 796.626094409041
Weight 300g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Circuit des champs de bataille Bicycle race - 1919 - History, Bicycle racing - History - Europe, Western, Cycling - Europe, Western, Battlefields - Europe, Western
NBS Text Motor Sports & Cycling
ONIX Text General/trade

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