Vuelta Skelter - Tim Moore
One man, one bike and a memorable Tour of Spain
Julián Berrendero's victory at the 1941 Vuelta a España was a memorable form of redemption through sport. The Spanish professional cyclist had just spent 18 months in Franco's concentration camps as punishment for showing sympathy for the Republicans during the civil war. Seventy-nine years later, the perpetually over-ambitious cycling adventurer Tim Moore became fascinated with Berrendero's story and set out on a vintage racing bike littered with the great man's name to retrace the 2,700-mile trek of his triumph - and do it amid a global pandemic.
The result is a tale of brutal heat and lonely roads, of glory, humiliation and much more humiliation. Along the way, Tim Moore recounts the still-living tragedies of the Civil War and encounters highly gregarious yet impressively responsible locals who are constantly torn between welcoming their country's only foreign visitor joyfully and tempting him and his dirty bike to become one vat of antiviral gel.
Release Date : August 16, 2022
Author : Tim Moore
Brochure with flaps, 336 pages
Covadonga Verlag , Rainer Sprehe, Spindelstr. 58, D-33604 Bielefeld
ISBN : 978-3-95726-068-0
VOICES ABOUT THE BOOK
Reading Tim Moore is a pleasure... You too will laugh tears at the scruffy, gazpacho-slurping character that Moore makes in Vuelta Skelter.
Vuelta Skelter is really three books in one. It's the story of Tim Moore's own epic, 2,760-mile, lung-crunching, thigh-wracking journey... It's a multi-faceted, kaleidoscopic look at the legacy of the Spanish Civil War... And it's also a tribute to Julián Berrendero - a tough, sullen loner who refused to give an inch, either to the mountains or to those in power... Moore's goal is to restore JB to his rightful place in the ranks of cycling legends. He succeeds impressively. *Book of the Week*
Tim Moore's Vuelta Skelter - an unnecessarily difficult journey, an unsuitable bike, a miserably underprepared rider... Just great.
Twenty horrific years spanned Tim Moore's trilogy of cycling grand tours—a span of time that made him forget how awful he felt at the 2000 Tour de France ("Alpine Passes and Anchovies") and how stupid he looked at the Giro d'Italia in 1914 with historical equipment (»Gironimo!«). In between, he stumbled through Spain with a stubborn four-legged friend (»Two donkeys on the Way of St. James«), curved along the Iron Curtain on a folding bike made in the GDR (»With the folding bike into the cold«) and with a Ford Model T right through the USA ("T wie Trouble") and has mysteriously avoided the realization that these things don't get easier with age.…