Of the eight million dedicated cyclists in this country, just 32,044 own amateur racing licenses. There's a reason for that: Racing is not only incredibly difficult, it's downright excruciating, with the possibility for public humiliation never more than one pedal away. So when Natalie, Bill Strickland's preschool-aged daughter, asked him if he could win ten points during one racing season -- the bicycling equivalent of taking an at-bat against Randy Johnson or going one-on-one with Lebron James -- a sensible man wouldve just said no and moved on. Instead, Strickland decided to try.
In the process, he discovered that he was racing toward the loving home life he cherished and, at the same time, trying to get away from something far worse -- his legacy of horrific childhood abuse. Strickland's memoir is filled with lyrical insights on training and dedication, racing scenes packed with nail-biting suspense, and powerful reflections on the meaning of family. Because for Strickland, it's definitely not about the bike.
"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.