The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold

The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold

Adventures Riding the Iron Curtain

Book - 2017
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"Not content with tackling the Italian Alps or the route of the Tour de France, Tim Moore sets out to scale a new peak of rash over-ambition: 6,000 mile route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. Asking for trouble-- and getting it-- Moore sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland. Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-breathed Russian hostility, Romanian landslides, and a diet of dumplings, Moore and his 'so-small bicycle' are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods, plus a shameful addiction to Magic Man energy drink. Haunted throughout his journey by mechanical failure and the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse at a time of renewed East-West tension. After three months, twenty countries, and steadily warming temperatures, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older"--
Published: New York :, Pegasus Books,, [2017]
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781681772998
Branch Call Number: 796.6094 MOO
Characteristics: 340 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm


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Apr 10, 2019

4 solid stars: Funny -- esp. for any cyclist who's discovered the exhilaration of multiday bike touring (including the stinky shirts, unwashed hair and random-spilled-snack food-in-the-panniers components). Moore takes that to the extreme* here, and recounts the people, places and historical background with his wry Brit take. If that floats your boat, give this a go.
(* the miles he logs, given his socialist worker bike rig, are manic amazing)


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