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This new collection from cyclist Bob Roll reflects his unique perspective on the professional racing circuit and his own brand of dry humor. Straightforward yet sly, funny but perhaps a little crazy, Roll calls it like he sees it. Here are anecdotes about the Tour de France, international mountain-bike tournaments, training struggles, heart-stopping fascinating inside look This new collection from cyclist Bob Roll reflects his unique perspective on the professional racing circuit and his own brand of dry humor. Straightforward yet sly, funny but perhaps a little crazy, Roll calls it like he sees it. Here are anecdotes about the Tour de France, international mountain-bike tournaments, training struggles, heart-stopping fascinating inside look at the world of championship cycling. Way out West -- The day the big men cried -- One racer's view -- Believe or leave -- Blind faith was my motto at the '86 Tour -- Springtime in hell -- Bobke on the defensive -- Lost in the Jemez -- Bobke takes to the dirt -- Deep down dirty with Bobke -- Living in a lactic-acid crippling haze -- Euro' trashed -- Dream season -- Nerves + neurosis -- Rhythm is a racer -- The watch -- The sport according to Bobke -- The "water hole" revisited -- One heli tour -- Bobke's back! -- Dry bread wants a Harley -- Lance and the dipped in ding-dong doodle down in Dixie -- Nine guesses -- A day at the fair -- The night before Amstel -- Into the twenty-first century -- 51 things to do before you die -- Eurotrash and the Texas Tornado -- Training tips with Bobke -- Il Becco Bartalese, following in Coppi's and Bartali's tracks


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This new collection from cyclist Bob Roll reflects his unique perspective on the professional racing circuit and his own brand of dry humor. Straightforward yet sly, funny but perhaps a little crazy, Roll calls it like he sees it. Here are anecdotes about the Tour de France, international mountain-bike tournaments, training struggles, heart-stopping fascinating inside look This new collection from cyclist Bob Roll reflects his unique perspective on the professional racing circuit and his own brand of dry humor. Straightforward yet sly, funny but perhaps a little crazy, Roll calls it like he sees it. Here are anecdotes about the Tour de France, international mountain-bike tournaments, training struggles, heart-stopping fascinating inside look at the world of championship cycling. Way out West -- The day the big men cried -- One racer's view -- Believe or leave -- Blind faith was my motto at the '86 Tour -- Springtime in hell -- Bobke on the defensive -- Lost in the Jemez -- Bobke takes to the dirt -- Deep down dirty with Bobke -- Living in a lactic-acid crippling haze -- Euro' trashed -- Dream season -- Nerves + neurosis -- Rhythm is a racer -- The watch -- The sport according to Bobke -- The "water hole" revisited -- One heli tour -- Bobke's back! -- Dry bread wants a Harley -- Lance and the dipped in ding-dong doodle down in Dixie -- Nine guesses -- A day at the fair -- The night before Amstel -- Into the twenty-first century -- 51 things to do before you die -- Eurotrash and the Texas Tornado -- Training tips with Bobke -- Il Becco Bartalese, following in Coppi's and Bartali's tracks

30 review for Bobke II

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Olsen

    Would recommend this to any cycling fan, and would recommend even more that you read it after either or both of Joe Parkin's books. Whereas Parkin is bitter and cynical about his career, Roll revels in his ability to make the best of even the worst situations. I would give this five stars but for the Lance worship contained within - I get that he wrote this long before the whole blowup of 2014, but it's just too weird to read anything good about him at this point (yes, I'm one of the people who Would recommend this to any cycling fan, and would recommend even more that you read it after either or both of Joe Parkin's books. Whereas Parkin is bitter and cynical about his career, Roll revels in his ability to make the best of even the worst situations. I would give this five stars but for the Lance worship contained within - I get that he wrote this long before the whole blowup of 2014, but it's just too weird to read anything good about him at this point (yes, I'm one of the people who had a hard time listening to the Stages podcast).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Lord

    You might wonder what qualified gap-toothed Bob Roll to be Versus’ perpetual color man for the Tour de France. Well, Chumley, it’s because he used to kick ass at racing. These are some of his journal entries about the TdF, the Giro d'Italia, the brutal Paris–Roubaix, plus others. These aren’t dreary recitations of statistics, speeds, and crashes because Roll is the Lyle Lovett of cycling, equal parts professional, Texas madman, and poet. Entries are generally about races and rides, but not alway You might wonder what qualified gap-toothed Bob Roll to be Versus’ perpetual color man for the Tour de France. Well, Chumley, it’s because he used to kick ass at racing. These are some of his journal entries about the TdF, the Giro d'Italia, the brutal Paris–Roubaix, plus others. These aren’t dreary recitations of statistics, speeds, and crashes because Roll is the Lyle Lovett of cycling, equal parts professional, Texas madman, and poet. Entries are generally about races and rides, but not always. They range all over Europe and America and cover road cycling and mountain biking. Presented in random order, the essays can seem a little scattered, and I for one would love to know more insider scoop on how the peloton actually works, but overall these are great insights from a fun, irascible dude. Doubtless, Bobke has many more, unprintable, anecdotes up his sleeve. BII follows his now out-of-print-but-worth-the-hunt Bobke: A Ride on the Wild Side of Cycling (Velo, 1998). For a similarly interesting read that combines road and mountain bike racing, try Joe Parkin’s Come and Gone: A True Story of Blue-Collar Bike Racing in America (VeloPress, 2010). You might wonder what qualified gap-toothed Bob Roll to be Versus’ perpetual color man for the Tour de France. Well, Chumley, it’s because he used to kick ass at racing. These are some of his journal entries about the TdF, the Giro d'Italia, the brutal Paris–Roubaix, plus others. These aren’t dreary recitations of statistics, speeds, and crashes because Roll is the Lyle Lovett of cycling, equal parts professional, Texas madman, and poet. Entries are generally about races and rides, but not always. They range all over Europe and America and cover road cycling and mountain biking. Presented in random order, the essays can seem a little scattered, and I for one would love to know more insider scoop on how the peloton actually works, but overall these are great insights from a fun, irascible dude. Doubtless, Bobke has many more, unprintable, anecdotes up his sleeve. BII follows his now out-of-print-but-worth-the-hunt Bobke: A Ride on the Wild Side of Cycling (Velo, 1998). For a similarly interesting read that combines road and mountain bike racing, try Joe Parkin’s Come and Gone: A True Story of Blue-Collar Bike Racing in America (VeloPress, 2010). Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    This book is funnier than hell, if...if you are an old bike racer or know one, or you love the Tour de France, or if you don`t mind crude adolescent humor. But really, no one else writes like Bob Roll. A truly unique individual and literary talent. And I saw him beat Davis Phinney, Greg Lemond, and Bernard Hinault to win the 1985 Vail stage of the Coors International Bike Classic (at that time one of the most prestigious bike racing events outside of W. Europe). There are some great stories in h This book is funnier than hell, if...if you are an old bike racer or know one, or you love the Tour de France, or if you don`t mind crude adolescent humor. But really, no one else writes like Bob Roll. A truly unique individual and literary talent. And I saw him beat Davis Phinney, Greg Lemond, and Bernard Hinault to win the 1985 Vail stage of the Coors International Bike Classic (at that time one of the most prestigious bike racing events outside of W. Europe). There are some great stories in here such as the one about him looking for his lost watch on a lonely pass in Colorado and about him riding an airplane to Chicago with "Richard M. Nixon sitting up in first-class sipping Shirley Temples." Pure gold, but maybe not for everyone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy Kauderer

    A little choppy here and there. I enjoyed reading it, but it took me quite awhile to finish. It did make me laugh. I don't know that I have a clearer idea of what happens when you ride professionally. If you like Bobke then you will find the book worth the time. A little choppy here and there. I enjoyed reading it, but it took me quite awhile to finish. It did make me laugh. I don't know that I have a clearer idea of what happens when you ride professionally. If you like Bobke then you will find the book worth the time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara VA

    This is primarily a large set of diary entries that summaries various days around Bob's races while he was a pro. There is no narrative beyond the journal entries, so you either have to know the broader story or just go along with the ride... Which, if you like reading diary entries, makes for a fascinating view into the mind and experiences of many people's favorite cycling announcer, but is not for you if you are looking for a narrative story of his cycling career. Consider yourself warned. This is primarily a large set of diary entries that summaries various days around Bob's races while he was a pro. There is no narrative beyond the journal entries, so you either have to know the broader story or just go along with the ride... Which, if you like reading diary entries, makes for a fascinating view into the mind and experiences of many people's favorite cycling announcer, but is not for you if you are looking for a narrative story of his cycling career. Consider yourself warned.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bob Sharpe

    Reads like a diary...or maybe even a series of Tweets, but the year is 2003 and so there is no Twitter yet. Still, Bobke delights. Stories from the author's experience in the world of professional road and MTB cycling. Fun, fast read. Reads like a diary...or maybe even a series of Tweets, but the year is 2003 and so there is no Twitter yet. Still, Bobke delights. Stories from the author's experience in the world of professional road and MTB cycling. Fun, fast read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    In true Bobke style, you'll be taken thru the life of a pro cyclist on a day to day basis. In true Bobke style, you'll be taken thru the life of a pro cyclist on a day to day basis.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ron Anderson

    Every cyclist needs to read Bob Roll's book. Learn from a master to ride, live life, learn and laugh your ass off while doing it. Every cyclist needs to read Bob Roll's book. Learn from a master to ride, live life, learn and laugh your ass off while doing it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Stephens

    We should all attack life with Bobke's work ethic & joy!! We should all attack life with Bobke's work ethic & joy!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tadek

    wish my dad

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vallarie

    The book is in Bob Roll-ease which alternates between funny and annoying. I don't know that someone who isn't really into cycling would find the book to be interesting. It's formatted as though you're reading excerpts directly from Roll's journal kept during his time as a pro cyclist. I don't know if they really are snippets directly from his journal, but it's a fast and loose narration to be sure. They even include a dictionary so you can figure out what or who he is referring to with all of hi The book is in Bob Roll-ease which alternates between funny and annoying. I don't know that someone who isn't really into cycling would find the book to be interesting. It's formatted as though you're reading excerpts directly from Roll's journal kept during his time as a pro cyclist. I don't know if they really are snippets directly from his journal, but it's a fast and loose narration to be sure. They even include a dictionary so you can figure out what or who he is referring to with all of his nicknames and insider terms. Like I said, sometimes that makes for a fun read, and sometimes it's a little annoying.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lona

    My daughter gave me Bobke II years ago, and somehow it got "lost" in the family bookshelves and I didn't read it. The pandemic had me looking for things to read, and I rediscovered Bobke II. With all the ugly and sad things dominating the need cycle, I was searching for a distracting read, and Bobke II fit the bill. Bob Roll is quite a character and he does have a flamboyant way with words. You probably wouldn't pick up his book unless you knew something about road and mountain bike racing. And, My daughter gave me Bobke II years ago, and somehow it got "lost" in the family bookshelves and I didn't read it. The pandemic had me looking for things to read, and I rediscovered Bobke II. With all the ugly and sad things dominating the need cycle, I was searching for a distracting read, and Bobke II fit the bill. Bob Roll is quite a character and he does have a flamboyant way with words. You probably wouldn't pick up his book unless you knew something about road and mountain bike racing. And, even then, I found myself relying heavily on context clues at some points. My favorite nugget was near the end when Roll referenced Phil Liggett.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This is an entertaining collection of short stories and vinettes by Bob Roll about his life as a professional road cyclist and mountain biker. Some of the stories are hillarious while others are not as funny. You get a good look at the trials and tribulations inside the pro pelleton.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    BOBKE

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    a breath of air on the sport of bicycling, as seen by a Texan (who is not Lance) and all is revealed in a colorful, vivid, and fun to read style.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Bob Roll is always a fun read. His stories are filled with great humor, passion, experience and knowledge.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marty Nicholas

    Always amusing, occasionally informative. Quick reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Phil Calvin

    This man needs an editor. That is all.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    The ravings of a madman. Loved it. But would probably be nonsensical if you have not raced bikes or followed international bike racing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Thoroughly entertaining read for the cycling fan as only Bob Roll could write it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    If you love listening to Bob Roll's commentary during the Tour de France, this book is even more Bob. Stories from someone on the inside who was also, more than likely, the life of the party. If you love listening to Bob Roll's commentary during the Tour de France, this book is even more Bob. Stories from someone on the inside who was also, more than likely, the life of the party.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    excellent, reading this diary style book makes you feel like you're really there with bobke the whole way excellent, reading this diary style book makes you feel like you're really there with bobke the whole way

  23. 5 out of 5

    Increase Mather

    Fabulous read. You'll learn more about the background of the peloton than you'll ever know on your own. Rough language though, take care. Fabulous read. You'll learn more about the background of the peloton than you'll ever know on your own. Rough language though, take care.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I talked about this book in some detail on my blog at: http://wheelbike.blogspot.com/2011/08... I talked about this book in some detail on my blog at: http://wheelbike.blogspot.com/2011/08...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Pulley

    Bob is hysterically funny as usual!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steve Grobben

    Hilarious excerpts from former professional Bob Roll.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    My Tour Book for 2009.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  30. 5 out of 5

    Oliver Rutherfurd

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