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Reg Harris

The rise and fall of Britain's greatest cyclist


Thanks to exhaustive new research and investigation Robert Dineen has unearthed a truly cinematic story. This epic account of Reg Harris's meteoric success takes you from his humble beginnings to his spectacular highs and his dramatic lows.

Born into a poor, working-class family during the Great Depression, Reg Harris left school early to help support his widowed mother working in a bicycle shop. But after winning a local cycling competition, Harris realised his natural abilities and began to train seriously. Working in a paper mill to fund his ambitions, Harris soon started winning enough races to leave the mill and went on to break the rules of amateurism and become the favourite for three titles in the 1948 Olympics.

But Harris's dreams of gold were shattered when he was involved in a high-speed car accident that nearly left him paralysed. However, Harris's determination and drive meant he defied the odds and he went on not only to compete in the Olympics but to win two silver medals.

From there, Harris's career went stellar and he became one of the most famous sporting figures in the land, eclipsing even footballers. Winning five World Championships between 1947 and 1954, fame, money and adulation followed, and with it an insatiable appetite for beautiful women, fine wine and fast cars that all threatened to destroy him. After blowing all his money, two failed marriages and a disastrous business venture, Harris made a shock come-back winning the British Championship at age 54. But was there a dark side to this celebrated victory? Through interviews with those who knew Harris best, Robert Dineen reveals both the professional triumphs and personal tribulations of this sporting legend.

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Cordee Code: CTB378
No of Pages: 352
Page Size: 126 x 198 mm
ISBN 10: 0091945380
ISBN 13: 9780091945381
Publisher: Ebury Press
Published Date: July 2012
Edition: 1st , Jul-2012
Binding: Hardback
Illustrations: Colour Photographs
Weight: 620g

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