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Author: Tim Moore Narrator: Gildart Jackson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781483085012
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The 1914 Giro d’Italia was the most difficult bike race in history; eighty-one riders started and only eight finished. Now Tim Moore is going to attempt it himself, and he’s committed to total authenticity.

Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled around the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about “Horrid Lance.” His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d’Italia. History’s most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometer stages filled with cataclysmic storms, roads strewn with nails, and even the loss of an eye by one competitor—and it was all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine.

Of the eighty-one riders who rolled out of Milan, only eight made it back. To truly capture the essence of what these riders endured a century ago, Tim acquires the ruined husk of a gearless, wooden-wheeled 1914 road bike, some maps, and an alarming period outfit topped off with a pair of blue-lensed welding goggles. As Moore rides up and over the Alps and then down to the Adriatic (with only wine corks for brakes), Gironimo! is an adventure that is by turns bold, beautiful, and madly inspiring.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An entertaining and jauntily written travelogue that at times made me laugh out loud. With Moore as your guide, you may want to hurry over to Italy on the next flight out.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of the funniest books about sport ever written.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “[A] hilariously painful, and poignant, adventure.”

    Irish Times

  • “[A] this funny and fascinating tale of cycling…On a mission that could easily veer into preachiness, Moore is too humorous a narrator to let the story go off track. Hilarious.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “A superbly funny read.”

    Cycling Weekly

  • “A wonderfully written, extremely funny book…You read Gironimo! with a permanent smile on your face.”

    UK Press Syndication

  • "Gironimo! is partly a story of adversity, despair, and tenacity–and partly a funny, and often sweary, travelogue. I was hooked from the start.”

    Cycle magazine

  • “Moore’s adventures are perfect for adventure readers, cyclists, and sports fans alike.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Moore’s journey is peppered with self-deprecating humor, and his interactions with the people he encounters and charming towns he visits are very entertaining…Moore’s patented combination of humor and travelogue proves thoroughly engaging.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Gildart Jackson gives Moore’s first-person travelogue a sarcastic, self-deprecating tone…Toward the end, the droll self-mockery gives way to reveal Moore’s pride in completing the tour on a bike he refurbished himself. Listeners probably won’t want to try Moore’s journey themselves, but listening is fun.”


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About the Author

Tim Moore’s writing has appeared in Esquire and London’s Daily Telegraph, Observer, and Sunday Times. He is the author of French Revolutions and several other books. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

Gildart Jackson’s acting credits span the stage and screen. He is most often recognized for his roles as Gideon on Charmed and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital. He has also starred in numerous television shows, including CSI and Vegas, and he played the lead in the highly acclaimed independent feature film You, directed by his wife, Melora Hardin.