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by Tim Moore

Quick take

Gironimo! is not only a book about cycling, questing, and craziness; it is also one of the best travel books I’ve read in a long time.

Why I love it

In 1914, eighty-one cyclists start a brutal eight-stage, 3,000-kilometer tour around Italy known as the Giro D'Italia. Eight crossed the finish line.

One hundred years later, Tim Moore, out of shape and well into his forties, decided to recreate the race. Why? As out of shape as he may be, he is even more out of sorts with modern cycling, a sport plagued with drug scandals, pumped up with super...

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