Chased by Pandas: My life in the mysterious world of cycling

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Chased by Pandas: My life in the mysterious world of cycling

Chased by Pandas: My life in the mysterious world of cycling

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But others in the peloton also saw great significance, young riders like Romain Bardet thought if he could win then maybe they could as well.

While Martin has spoken in interviews about how he “ almost got used to seeing cyclists being led away in handcuffs”, Chased by Pandas doesn’t go to those dark places.That was 2003 (if you’re one of those people who forever bangs on and on and on about 1989 – the year, not the Taylor Swift album – I’ll bet that makes you feel really old) and Martin was still British, not yet Irish (the following year, 2004, he came the British U18 national road race champion). As an autobiography this saunters through Martin’s career and given plenty happened there’s a lot to cover. In his free time, Dan wrote a monthly column in Europe's greatest cycling magazine, Procycling, over an unusually long period, from 2008 to 2021.

You look at Martin, though, and there’s no hint he’s a gourmand, there’s no hint he’s ever eaten a square meal in his whole life. Now the headings mention phobias but it’s more a theme to explore rather than a catalogue of negatives. Dan Martin said no to British Cycling and even changed nationality to forge his own path, reinventing himself several times along the way to win two monuments and stages in all three grand tours.I won’t spoil the book but there’s more in the book than the edited extracts on CN, you can see more sides to things. Dan also discusses every aspect of the professional cyclist's life - food, discipline, money, dreams, friendship and betrayal.

He shared some of his views on a cyclist's life but his most significant stories and strong opinions have been held back for this book. This is the celebration of a true cyclist's career, which will appeal to anyone who's embraced the weekend ride whilst dreaming of the mountains. Operación Puerto itself is mentioned once, in passing, Martin noting that the man whose shadow he seemed to become, Alejandro Valverde, had been “implicated in the Operation Puerto doping affair”.Curiously, while Chased by Pandas paints Martin’s story in pretty pastels, Carrey’s 2017 article was a more nuanced study in light and shadow. The books featured on this site are aimed primarily at readers aged 13 or above and therefore you must be 13 years or over to sign up to our newsletter. The modern chamois memoir, though, is more an exercise in PR and image management than it is an exploration of a sport forever telling us to ignore what goes on in the shadows and just enjoy the spectacle. Dan Martin piques your curiosity and draws you in to keep reading with a refreshing deep descriptions of being at the business end of the breakaway.



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