The Tour de France has finished. A new season of University Challenge has begun. It helps to fill the void until the Vuelta a Espana begins on 20th August. In the meantime, The Wattmeister has compiled a list of his favourite books to read over the summer holidays.
- A Corinthian Endeavour ….. Paul Jones. Poignant, educative history of the National HillClimb championship.
- One Man and his Bike……….Mike Carter. Hilarious account of Mike’s 5,000 mile trip around the coast of Britain.
- The Secret Race……………… Tyler Hamilton. Laying bare the culture of systematic doping in the peloton.
- In Search of Robert Millar…..Richard Moore. Sympathetic biography of the enigmatic and gifted Scottish grimpeur.
- The Rider……………………….Tim Krabbé. Existential masterpiece. Fast paced account of a race in the South of France.
On a more sombre note, many of you may have gathered that The Wattmeister recently lost his prized Strava KOM on Ridge Sprint sign. Sir Bradley Wiggins is maybe alleged to have once said that he would swap all his Olympic medals for this one KOM.
Thank you all so much for the emails of support which have flooded in over the past few weeks. The Wattmeister has employed a team of unemployed soigneurs to assist him with the long process of replying to all of these messages individually, to include a signed photograph of a Full English Breakfast, or, in the event of these running out, an award winning audio copy of “The Paris-Brest-Paris Monologues”, beginning in 2003 and ending temporarily in 2015.
Finally, thank you to Rudyard Kipling for this verse from the poem “If”, which pretty much sums up what it feels like to be in the Muswell Hill Peloton in Regents Park every Saturday morning:
…If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’…