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The white-knuckle pace of a bicycle race drives this vel about a young American's opportunity to compete in the Tour de France. Complex relationships with teammates, personal and professional obstacles, and a terrible disaster cause the young cyclist to redefine his limits. An insider's perspective on the world of professional bicycle racing reveals that the required tactics and skills create a culture in which pain is the ultimate currency and endurance is the most powerful force. The intense pressure the competitors experience offers an instructive look at personal formation beyond the sports world.
Dave Shields is the author of The Pendulum's Path . He has completed and won multiple long distance races. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.