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Messenger, Chas
RIDE AND BE DAMNED

The Glory Years of the British League of Racing Cyclists, the Organisation that Gave Birth to Cycle Road Racing in Great Britain, signed by the author on half-title (see picture below), very numerous b&w photo illustrations, reproductions of historic documents, results tables in text, pictorial endpapers, viii & 151 pp, blue-green boards in d/w, top & bottom edges of d/w a little curled, very slight spotting to closed edges of pages, otherwise in very good condition, Pedal Publishing (Harpenden, Hertfordshire) 1998

26.5 x 20.4 cm, 790g, ISBN 0 95340 960 0

Cycle road racing started as early as 1868, but was officially banned in 1888 as it was deemed to contravene the law against ‘riding furiously’ (!).  It was allowed again from 1942.  The ‘glory years’ are from then till 1959.

See below the description from the dustwrapper flap.  You might also consult the blog on this book at George the Cyclist: "Ride and Be DAMNED" by Chas Messenger and the review of this book on the Cycling Books website at Ride And Be Damned, Chas Messenger (1998) – Cycling Books (cycling-books.com).

Long out of print.  Some highly optimistic booksellers are asking nearly £100 for their copies.  I haven’t got the cheek.  

£25.00
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