A memoir by an amateur bicyclist competing to score ten points in one racing season-scoring ten points is the bicycling equivalent of taking an at-bat against Randy Johnson, or going one-on-one with Lebron-as well as the story of a man trying to outrun the specter of childhood abuse.
Bill Strickland believed he was cursed. No matter how secure his life outwardly seemed, the happiness he had attained with his wife and daughter hung by a thread. No matter how hard he tried, Bill lived with the fear that the monster inside him would surface-a demon brought on by horrific childhood physical and sexual abuse. Challenged by his daughter to score ten points in the 2004 bicycle racing season, Bill decided to compete as an amateur against professionals. Yet he was also running away from the abuse that had haunted his life and tainted his marriage. Weaving the story of the races, Bill's progress toward ten points, and his struggle against his demons, Ten Points is an insider's look at the world of bicycling and the healing power of sports, as was Lance Armstrong's memoir.
"AMAZING! I want to meet this man and shake his hand. His story is beyond compelling, truly inspirational. There is so much 'Oprah-crap' out there (my terminology for self-help books being written with the sole purpose of Oprah laying her golden hands on them) Bill's story reverberates long after finishing it. Just like TENDER BAR, this guy is just a Plain Joe, like you and me, who had some really bad bad things happen to him. And he survived to tell his story. I am trying to think of a father who is/was as huge an ass as Bill's. Conroy's GREAT SANTINI, Wolff's THIS BOY'S LIFE come to mind. I could not put this one down. It will be a joy to handsell this to anyone. —Dan Radovich,?Barnes & Noble, Vernon Hills, IL
"When Bill Strickland writes about cycling, he takes you on one of the most intense, most unforgettable rides of your life." —--Lance Armstrong
Bill Strickland is the executive editor of Bicycling magazine, and has been writing about cycling and fitness for over 20 years. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Men's Health, Men's Journal, and Parenting. He's commented about cycling on such television programs as Good Morning America and CBS's The Early Show.