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Join Ned Boulting as he reports on his dozen-th Tour de France, an event in which blokes do amazing things on bikes, and, we’re oft told, the biggest annual sporting event in the world.

101 Damnations is a chance to relive the 2014 race, stage for stage, fall after fall, tantrum by tantrum; just the good bits mind, without all the aerial shots of castles. Or sunflowers. (Though it does wax lyrical about some stunning Alpine scenery . . . and, with the race starting in Yorkshire, even some stunning scenery not far from Bradford).

From Leeds to Paris (how often do you say that?), Ned details the minutiae of his encounters with the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, David Millar, Chris Froome, Chris Boardman (or ‘Broadman’ as some would have it), Marcel Kittel, Mrs Cavendish (Mark’s wife), Peter Sagan and the rest. Their endeavours, achievements, humour and occasional rancour, sit alongside his own decade-long quest for the ideal end-of-race T-shirt.

Ned weaves together the interesting, amusing and unheralded threads of the race itself, and reflects on his own perennial struggle to get round, get on and get by. 101 Damnations encapsulates all that is incredible – and incredibly ordinary – about the greatest race on earth.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3344 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LO1T460
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

More comedic musings

 on 15 October 2017
By Sam
Whether you have dipped in to one of N Boulting’s previous reads matters not a jot. This is packed full of his easy humour and thoughtful observations. He is easy to read. This edition makes you want to bump into him at his local butchers to chew the fat on the latest goings on in the wonderful world of all things velo.

I like Ned’s style of writing and it gives some good …

 on 16 January 2018
By David Alan Whitehill
I like Ned’s style of writing and it gives some good insights into the Tour and its history – throroughly enjoyed it

How Ned did it again!

 on 9 July 2015
By Vaison
If you like to read background to the Tour de France then you will love this book. It’s well researched, witty and entertaining (in the Ned Boulting style). It sort of develops a slow puncture towards the end but not enough to spoil the overall feeling. Ned takes full advantage of his excellent access to cycling’s characters (past and present) and turns each anecdote into an amusing and sometimes informative chapter.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on 3 November 2015
By JScott
This is perfect for my 6 year old daughter’s violin.

Damn Funny

 on 14 May 2017
By Lesley Johnston
Second Ned Boulting book I’ve read, both extremely witty, laugh out loud funny. Definitely worth reading, especially if you are a T de F fan, but even if you are not, you probably will be by the end.

One for fans of Le Tour

 on 23 June 2016
By D. Sanders
Have enjoyed Neds previous books. Good combination of facts and humour. An excellent read for lovers of the Tour de France.

I enjoyed this, though it showed a more reflective side …

 on 7 February 2015
By Mr. A. Smith
I enjoyed this, though it showed a more reflective side of Ned who has gone from tour novice to expert over the last decade plus. The 2014 tour certainly was eventful and the impact of this comes through in the book. I found the various side-stories and historical elements fascinating, and indicative of the trust that many tour stars have in Ned, despite his self deprecating nature. I look forward to the 2015 story!

Ned doing what he does best

 on 25 February 2015
By Martin Littlewood
Another easy to read saga which gives just a little insight, to those of us who are interested, into what goes on behind the scenes at the TDF.

another enjoyable read

 on 31 January 2015
By Mr. J. Clune
I loved this fresh look at the tour. I have become very fond of Ned Boulting’s style. It’s great to get these insights into what is behind the scenes
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