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What reviewers are saying
- A very good read
It's a good story.. coming from a former bike racer and racing at this level is quite a feat to achieve. Michael is truly a fantastic athlete and gifted "fair weather" cyclist.. the book is highly recommended.
- A page turner!
No cycling expertise necessary! This book illuminates the grit, skill and fortitude of a cyclist but is relatable to anyone who has ever competitively trained or chased a dream of any kind. The story is honest and compelling. I felt the author's excitement, commitment and moments of disappointment. I also found myself reading fast, eager to know the next bit!
- Good Times
Well done for getting it out there. Brought back great memories of times past.Very enjoyable easy read. Good times & hard honest racing. Would recommend it. Cheers Terry Ferris
- Underage competitors need to read this book!
Honest review of Irish cycling during the 70's and a fitting tribute when the roads were awash with remarkable and charismatic athletes. Nice to read about dimly faded old names again from that era. I remember Mick with Roche destroying the field in the now no longer classic the former Tour of Wicklow in 1978 and Peter Morton bringing me back up from a dropped group to the break after he punctured.
- Great Memories
Great read good laugh and we all get a mention in the book. Great memories.
- Dying to read the book!
Listened to radio interview on playback yesterday Michael Cusack and really enjoyed it!
- Def worth a read
Got it off Amazon..next day delivery...def worth a read
Meet the Author, Michael Cusack
Michael Cusack began his cycling career in 1973 with the Dublin Wheelers Cycling Club. After a second place finish in the National junior championships the previous season, he was controversially named to the Irish Olympic Squad.
He rode his first Tour of Ireland in 1975, finishing the eight-day race won by Pat McQuaid. In 1976, he was invited to race in the United States and Canada by the Raleigh-sponsored Century Road Club of America. He finished 3rd at the Criterium de Montreal, Canada before returning to Ireland. The following season he was named to the Irish Team for the inaugural Tour of Europe, where he finished 36th after five days of racing from Reims through the Vosges Mountains to the finish in Strasbourg.
Cusack then represented Ireland in the 1978 Tour of Ireland, where he supported team leader Stephen Roche. He finished third on the final stage outside Dublin. He was named to the initial Irish Olympic Squad for the 1980 Summer Olympics, along with Stephen Roche, Bernard McCormack, John Shortt and Alan McCormack, but retired from racing 1979 to pursue a writing career.
1978 - The Final Season
In 1978, Michael Cusack represented Ireland in the Tour of Europe and was selected to the Irish team along with Stephen Roche for the Tour of Ireland. He finished 3rd on the final stage following a breakaway (seen here) with (L to R) the ultimate winner Oliver McQuaid, Bernard McCormack and Peter Morton.
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