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by Philip R. Mallory II

eBook More Than a Mountain: My Year Cycling in France download ISBN: 0974584207
Author: Philip R. Mallory II
Publisher: World Cycling Press (October 2003)
Pages: 183
ePub: 1716 kb
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Rating: 4.8
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After more than 2400 kilometres of cycling, at an average speed of 2.  . Two of the most famous mountain passes are Alpe d'Huez in the Alps and Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees. kmh, they returned to Paris on the 19th July, in a competition won by Maurice Garin of France. The Tour de France had been born. See further down this page for the fascinating story of the first ever Tour de France. Above all it is the mountain stages in the Tour de France that are most popular with viewers. To see the superhuman effort required of the cyclists, day after day, to ride up some of the most gruelling roads in Europe is somehow completely gripping.

The pair were last seen when they were about 800 vertical feet (245 m) from the summit.

More than a hundred years ago, two men who barely knew each other climbed up into the Sierra Nevada wilderness and spent four days exploring mountains and tracking wildlife. They saw elk and black bear, wild iris and larkspur. They drank from streams, slept on beds of pine needles, and awoke from a night camping on Glacier point to find four feet of sunrise snow. When they came down from the mountains, President Theodor Roosevelt and Sierra Club founder John Muir were good friends. Over their parting handshake they made a pact: They would work together to save America’s wilderness.

This is the story of an ordinary American teenager who spent an extraordinary year doing extraordinary things on a bicycle as an exchange student in France.

From the moment he first saw it in the distance, Philip Mallory determined to climb the legendary Mont Ventoux in the shadow of his hero, Lance Armstrong.

As he absorbed the language and culture of the Tour de France and honed his body by endlessly climbing the local ascents on his bicycle, his quest became more than a bike ride up more than a mountain.

Comments: (7)
...the jacket says, "This is the story of an ordinary American teenager...". Yeah, right. The "II" in his name should say something right away, and very shortly into it you discover that the author is still talking around the silver spoon in his mouth.

Like many talented folk who were also well-born (Kennedys, Bill Gates, etc) young Mallory is certainly gifted in many ways. You find out that he and his father and his grandfather were all California state champion rowers. Sculling isn't exactly what your teenager-in-the-street pursues, let alone is a champion at.

There's also the reference to him already having been a bicycle racer for several years -- at age 17. We then discover that his cycling coach is none other than the famous John Howard. If you are a cyclist you know who he is and what he accomplished. It's doubtful that John Howard is readily available to the average teenage bike enthusiast, especially by phone 9000 miles away.

That said, this is still a pretty good story and you will certainly keep reading, or at least I did, even with being brought up short every time the "ordinary American teenager" teaser was shattered.

There are some parts that could have been expanded or explained a little more with a bit more editing. At the very end of the story we discover that Phillip's year in France was, in his own words, "basically...a year off to learn French and ride my bike." It had nothing to do with being an exchange student per se. And then there's the bit about his thoraxic surgery, casually dismissed as "rearranging the furniture" in his chest. What was that all about? Was this trip to France really a kind of personal "Make A Wish" fulfillment because of a serious health problem? That's doubtful given the way he was riding, but nevertheless the pictures of this terribly thin, anemic, 12-year-old looking person in the book did give me pause after I read about the surgery.

Bottom line -- it's one person talking, without much editorial direction or centering. Because he's a bright and talented person, his quirks and opinions, though sometimes odd-sounding, keep the story interesting and moving along. If you're a bicyclist, you might find less than you were looking for but what there is, is good. If you are not a bicyclist, you will not understand some parts of the story. Only a fellow rider, who knew ahead of time it was going to get cold and rainy when that front the weather forecasters predicted rolled through but went out riding anyway and was still 30 miles from home when it hit, will really understand those parts.

Cautiously recommended.
This book was pretty good. Overall I enjoyed it. The cycling stuff is pretty good if you're a cycler. Don't expect to walk away with a new sense of purpose in life, though, as some other reviewers might suggest. You'll probably be disappointed. Take it for what it is. A good, but somewhat immaturely written DIARY of a teen who happens to be a decent cyclist and how he spent a year in France.
Knowing this story was written by a teenager still didn't prepare me for the lack of literary proficiency. This book contains the ramblings of an exchange student who thinks very highly of his cycling ability. Of all the books I've read in the cycling genre, this one is at the bottom of the list. I do not recommend purchasing this item.
Phillip Mallory's tales of his adventure in Europe is truly an inspiration to me. I find it amazing that at such a young age, Phillip left everything he knew behind and set out on the greatest adventure of his life. Once I started this book I could not put it down!
As a cyclist myself currently training for a race this book was my motivation to get out everyday. This book helped me reaffirm my goals and show me that sometimes even the impossible is possible. I would recommend this to anyone who is need of motivating story of someone who set a goal and surpassed it in more ways than one.
But this novel is not just about cycling. It's about more than that. It's about more than a mountain.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for one of the greatest stories ever. Mr. Mallory's journey inspired me to realize that it is possible to over come near impossible obsticles. Prior to reading this book i was very over weight and was a heroin addict. Seeing how he tackled that mountain made me feel like i could get out of the deep hole i had fell into. I joined AA and NA, and began biking almost every day. I have been sober for eight weeks and have lost 15 pounds so far. But for someone who isn't as troubled as I was, this is simply a fantastic read.
This book is more than a young mans cycling adventure. After reading the book i felt as though i had more direction in my life. The book caused me to think about the kind of person I want to be and the things I want to experience, and showed me that stepping outside my comfort zone will enrich my life. While reading i found myself thinking about all the opportunities i have missed in my lifetime and decided that i wanted to change my lifestyle.
This is an excellent book for grades 5-12. It should be on every jr high reading list. It was written by a 17 year old exchange student on a very simple reading level. Even though it has 180 pages, many pages have few words. The avid adult cyclist will be disappointed.