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A Dog in a Hat

An American Bike Racer's Story of.....


When a normal situation suddenly changes, Belgians call it een hond met een hoed op, a dog with a hat on. Joe Parkin, an American bike racer who left the familiar comforts of home to compete at the highest professional level in Belgium, was that dog in a hat  something familiar, yet decidedly out of place.

In his searing, no-holds-barred memoir, Parkin describes the true life of the professional bike racer. His plainspoken prose puts us in the whirlwind of this hardest of athletic educations, starting with the first visit to his team doctor, where, strapped to a metal table and monitored by humming electrodes, men in white lab coats coldly divine his future as a pro.

Parkin pulls no punches. A Dog in a Hat celebrates the glory of bike racing, but Parkin tells the hard reality of the life thrillingly the drugs, the payoffs, the betrayals by team-mates, the battles with team owners for contracts and money, the endless promises that keep you going, and the sheer physical agony of racing day after day.

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Cordee Code: CND027
Author: Joe Parkin
No of Pages: 204
Page Size: 151 x 230 mm
ISBN 10: 1934030260
ISBN 13: 9781934030264
Publisher: Velo Press
Published Date: September 2008
Binding: Paperback
Illustrations: colour plates
Weight: 400g

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