• Valerie June – The Hour
  • Freddie’s Birthday – The Hour – Episode 4 – BBC Two
  • The Hour Trailer – New Series – BBC Two
  • The Hour – Answer
  • Coyote Swapped 93 Cobra at Power by the hour and Modnats wrap up!
  • The Hour – Wentworth Miller
  • THE HOUR Extended Trailer – Returns NOV 28 BBC AMERICA
  • Lix Storm(Anna Chancellor) and Randall Brown(Peter Capaldi), The Hour
  • The Hour – S01e05 – "That’s me, that’s what I do. I don’t matter."
  • Public Enemy – Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
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The story of the only cycling records that matters, by one of our cleverest, funniest new writers

The Hour. It's the only cycling record that matters: one man and his bike against the clock in a quest for pure speed. No teammates, no rivals, no tactics, no gears, no brakes. Just one simple question – in sixty minutes, how far can you go?

Michael Hutchinson had a plan. He was going to add his name to the list of record-holders, cycling's supermen. But how does a man who became a professional athlete by accident achieve sporting immortality? It didn't sound too hard. All he needed was a couple of hand-tooled bike frames, the most expensive wheels money could buy, a support team of crack professionals, a small pot of glue, and a credit card wired to someone else's bank account. Still, getting the glue wasn't a problem…

Michael Hutchinson became a full-time cyclist in 2000 after becoming disillusioned with an academic career. Over the following six years he has won more than twenty national titles, and the gold medal in the Masters' Pursuit World Championships. He is now a writer and journalist (and cyclist) and lives in south London.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0224075209
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4XAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Very good and well funny.

 on 18 July 2014
By Brendan
Very good and well funny. If you think you are taking your cycling a bit to seriously read this!

Four Stars

 on 11 May 2017
By kovlb
An easy read.

Fascinating, easy to read, most enjoyable book I’ve read for a while.

13 people found this helpful.
 on 15 March 2008
By Russell Finn
I really enjoyed this book. It is about Michael Hutchinson’s attempt to cycle further in one hour than anyone else ever has – although of course it isn’t that simple.

A truly brilliant book

6 people found this helpful.
 on 28 July 2008
By Johnny D
It’s not often I read a book that I just can’t put down, but this has been one of them. For any cycling enthusiast who wants a detailed insight into The Hour this book is a must. It gives a blow by blow account of how the author prepared to attack the record and is filled with interesting and fascinating facts on the cycling greats who have also attempted it over the years. Even if you have no real interest in cycling, the story is so good that this is still a riveting book. It is mainly a factual account, but is written in a style that at times has you laughing out loud. Michael Hutchinson is to be applauded for having written such a splendid book on his Hour attempt, and for having had the sheer guts to take it on, and stick with it, in the first place.

An Hour Well Spent !!

4 people found this helpful.
 on 1 February 2009
By S. Shaw
This book was a total and unexpected delight. I am only a recreational cyclist with no great knowledge of the cycling world but within minutes I was totally engrossed in Michael Hutchinsons story. It made me laugh out loud and kept me on the edge of my seat til the last page. I lost my copy to my Ironman brother and had to buy a second copy for my cycling mad partner. Both of them thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Great little book.

wonderfully self deprecating as the front page suggests

One person found this helpful.
 on 1 July 2009
By G. Moulton
Anyone who enjoyed reading ‘French Revolutions’ by Tom Moore will enjoy this book. It has a similar self-deprecating style, with confessional self-doubt and fear of failure, which dogs many sportsman and pushes them forward. It goes behind the scenes and shows you just how unglamorous everything that goes into preparation for the test of 1 hour on the track is. After reading this even the most hardened cycling sadist would think twice about attempting to do the hour. There’s also a potted history of previous record holders and record attempts along the way.

Bicycle suffering in its purest form

One person found this helpful.
 on 8 September 2009
By Sa Coulthard
Reading Micheal Hutchinson’s The Hour was an enjoyable insight into the obscure world of time trialling, obsession and just what it takes to break the hour record. Easily readable in one sitting or two, I felt inspired to get out on my own bike. Plus, it gave you a real insight into what the life of a professional athelte is like – hard.

humerous and insightful

One person found this helpful.
 on 11 April 2010
By R. McKenna
This is a fun book to read, I really enjoyed the witty humour and the knowledge shown by the author. As a “want to be cyclist” who has only taken to the sport in the last few years, I found the history included alongside Michaels’ story very interesting. A recommended read to anyone who doesn’t know everything about the sport of cycling.

Very entertaining

One person found this helpful.
 on 10 January 2011
By Prog merckx
Very entertaining book Hutchinson certainly knows how to keep you chuckling away with all the ins and outs of attempting something that a mere mortal would never ever think of having a go at. The fact that officialdom kept throwing spanners in the works but he still kept going just shows his inner strength.
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