• Valerie June – The Hour
  • Freddie’s Birthday – The Hour – Episode 4 – BBC Two
  • THE HOUR Extended Trailer – Returns NOV 28 BBC AMERICA
  • Lix Storm(Anna Chancellor) and Randall Brown(Peter Capaldi), The Hour
  • Wu Tang Collection – Men On The Hour
  • The Hour: Meet FREDDIE (Ben Whishaw)
  • The Hour – Answer
  • NEW SIGN OF THE HOUR (Must Watch!) – Animated Video
  • The Hour – Wentworth Miller
  • THE HOUR IS NEAR
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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

Michael Hutchinson is pretty good at riding a bike but he’s even better …

 on 30 January 2017
By Wendy R.
The Hour record is an athlete’s record: the spec’s of the bike are restricted so that, for example, Boardman’s, Wiggins’ and Hutchinson’s bikes were very similar to each others’. In fact, they are all very similar to the bike Eddy Merckx cranked up to an average 31 mph in 1972. It’s just more difficult to find the parts these days. Michael Hutchinson is pretty good at riding a bike but he’s even better at communicating how it feels to be a cyclist. This book is important because it documents the process and shares an insight to how it feels physically and mentally to take on the Hour challenge. It’s significantly hard.

Interesting read, puts the hour in perspective

 on 21 April 2015
By M. Belcher
Good and easy read. I like a cycling book and this provides some insights into the hour and the training and preparation around it that is of great interest if you’re into cycling.

A tale of tortured endeavor

 on 17 June 2013
By Mr. S. M. Collins
Starkly honest, off-beat story of an already very successful cyclist seeking something to really define his career.

A truly brilliant book

 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.

Great book, well written

 on 12 September 2014
By steve
Great book, well written, entertaining and informative.

The Journey is better than the destination

 on 5 March 2011
By Mertin
A very funny and entertaining read.

Nice book, shame no fairy tail ending but that’s life

 on 19 June 2013
By P. C. Haigh
Hutchinson is always an intelligent and funny writer, it’s good to see him doing an extended book. His own heroic failure to crack the hour record is the framework that builds the book and allows him to work in the history of this land mark test in cycling into a very readbale book. Shame it didn’t end with him breaking the record but this is real life not a fairy tail- it’s not a Lance Armstrong work of fiction!

Bicycle suffering in its purest form

 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.

great read

 on 24 June 2014
By Heather
Bought this for my husband, he said it was a great read and he too would recommend- one of those books recommended by Amazon – ‘other people bought’ – so much so I have now purchased twice (not realising)

not afraid to make fun of his obsession

 on 25 March 2016
By JOE Kkkk
Can tell a story well, not afraid to make fun of his obsession, well written even for those who have never worn lycra.
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