Rob Hayles: Easy Rider

I’ve read enough early life autobiographies of elite cyclists to be able to predict the format and style of the writing. The success of these books in the marketplace depends on the ‘merchandising’ of a household name, the ‘big book’ format of the hardback edition, and the easy journalistic style of writing employed by the vast majority of ghost writers. To say these books are written by  the authors themselves is to overestimate their literaryRob hayles easy rider skills. Most such authors probably haven’t read a single book since they left school, let alone written one, so they sit with their chosen ghost writer for a few days being interviewed, and the transcript of the interview will be painstakingly fashioned into the final volume.

Having said that, this volume by Rob Hayles is a worthy read. Not the household name like his latter day successors in the cycling world, Hayles, nevertheless, featured strongly on the track in the years leading up to the mighty explosion of team GB onto the scene. His palmares include gold, silver and bronze medals in the Olympics, as well as successes in the World Championships, and he even partnered a youthful Brad Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in the early days of their respective careers.

Unlike most such autobiographies, this has been written at the end of his cycling career, so there is an air of historical narrative about the style, which lends a little more to its gravity and worthiness.

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Posted on March 21, 2016, in Book reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on A Girl, Her Bike, and Their Journey and commented:
    I will try to find and read. I love the stories of riders and their experiences.

  2. What would you say is the best cycling book of this genre? Also, while we’re on the subject, what is the best cycling travel book you have read? I am always looking for books to read.

    • I find most autobiographies of living elite cyclists to be cloned versions of the same thing. When you’ve read a couple, they all seem to fall into a similar pattern. But those of Wiggins, Cavendish, Froome are good examples of the genre.
      As for long distance cycling, there is a wealth of good stuff out there. Try Mark Beaumont, Josie Dew, Julian Sayerer, Nick and Richard Crane, Rob Lilwall, Alastair Humphreys, Tom Allen and Ian Hibell. All of these are true adventurers.

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