The Big Buddha Bicycle Race

The Big Buddha Bicycle Race
Title The Big Buddha Bicycle Race PDF eBook
Author Terence A. Harkin
Publisher Ohio University Press
Pages 517
Release 2018-04-09
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0804040907

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Silver Medalist in Literary Fiction, 2020 Military Writers Society of America Awards Brendan Leary, assigned to an Air Force photo squadron an hour from L.A., thinks he has it made. But when the U.S. invades Cambodia and he joins his buddies who march in protest, he is shipped off to an obscure air base in upcountry Thailand. There, he finds himself flying at night over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in a secret war that turns the mountains of Laos into a napalm-scorched moonscape. As the emotional vise tightens, his moral fiber crumbles and he sinks ever deeper into a netherworld of drugs, sex, and booze. When a visit by Nixon looms, Brendan dreams up an all-squadron bicycle race to build morale, win hearts and minds in rural Thailand, and make him and his underpaid buddies a pile of money. The Big Buddha Bicycle Race is a last gasp of hope that turns into a unifying adventure—until the stakes turn out to be far higher than anyone imagined. The Big Buddha Bicycle Race is a new take on the Vietnam War. A caper on the surface, it is also a tribute to the complex culture and history of Southeast Asia and a sober remembrance of those groups who have been erased from American history—the brash active-duty soldiers who risked prison by taking part in the GI antiwar movement, the gutsy air commandos who risked death night after night flying over the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the people of Laos, whose lives and land were devastated in ways that have yet to be fully acknowledged in Western accounts of the war.

Bicycle Racing

Bicycle Racing
Title Bicycle Racing PDF eBook
Author Paul Challen
Publisher The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Pages 34
Release 2014-12-15
Genre Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN 1499401620

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The Tour de France is one of the most popular sports events in the world, but it’s not the only thing bicycle racing has to offer. This text covers all aspects of cycling, beginning with its history and concluding with how the next generation of riders can get involved. Cycling, cyclo-cross, BMX Supercross, and off-road cycling are just a few of the topics readers will learn about. “Fast Fact” fact boxes, sidebars, and colorful photographs offer a comprehensive learning experience.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings
Title Library of Congress Subject Headings PDF eBook
Author Library of Congress
Publisher
Pages 1160
Release 2013
Genre Subject headings, Library of Congress
ISBN

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings
Title Library of Congress Subject Headings PDF eBook
Author Library of Congress. Cataloging Policy and Support Office
Publisher
Pages 1662
Release 2004
Genre Subject headings, Library of Congress
ISBN

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Bicycle Love

Bicycle Love
Title Bicycle Love PDF eBook
Author Garth Battista
Publisher Breakaway Books
Pages 312
Release 2014-11-13
Genre Sports & Recreation
ISBN

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“This compilation of tales conforms to a simple Freudian fact: You're as crazy as you thought, but in good company.” —Bicycling Magazine Okay, so some of us might be a bit too attached to our bicycles. Outsiders may say this is “inappropriate” or “unnatural.” But most cyclists will agree that passionate, all-consuming bicycle love is a fine and glorious thing. Bicycles take us places, physically and metaphysically, we cannot go without them. They move us; they make us dizzy and giddy, exhilarated and exhausted. All athletes love their sport, but cycling has a fetishistic side to it—the love of this deceptively simple machine that allows you to silently float, race, climb, glide over the earth. It brings the rush of wind to your ears and the surge of force through your body as you lean into a turn. It brings you to the fields and woods and sunshine, moving down the open road. Its beauty and charisma are undeniable. These sixty-two personal tales of the many varieties of bicycle love range from dreamy reminiscences of childhood bikes to powerful, sometimes insane adult attachments to mountain bikes, road bikes, and tandems. They all celebrate the freedom of cycling, the elegance of the machine, and the beauty of the act. They tell of the strange and wonderful things a bicycle has brought to life, the relationships that bloom or fade under the bicycle’s influence, and the unforgettable places bicycles have brought us. Funny, revealing, and intensely emotional, these stories show the secret inner life of every cyclist.

The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review

The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review
Title The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review PDF eBook
Author
Publisher
Pages 508
Release 1888
Genre
ISBN

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Great British Cycling

Great British Cycling
Title Great British Cycling PDF eBook
Author Ellis Bacon
Publisher Random House
Pages 336
Release 2014-08-28
Genre History
ISBN 1448171121

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In 1868, the first ever documented bicycle race was held in a Paris park, and to the locals' chagrin, was won by a Briton. Yet while cycling culture became ingrained in continental European culture, riders this side of the Channel were engaged in constant battles with the authorities to pursue their sport - road racing was in fact banned as early as 1890. Its rise in popularity over the past 150 years, and the many triumphs of British cyclists in that time, have therefore been phenomenal. Never before has the full story of the sport been documented in one book, and in Great British Cycling, Ellis Bacon guides you through the development of our bike racing world, from weekend outings to British riders being able to compete in, then finish and win stages of the Tour de France. It takes you from cycling clubs and iconic frame-builders to a post-war explosion in cycling participation inspired by the likes of Brian Robinson, Tommy Simpson, Barry Hoban and Beryl Burton, from huge crowds witnessing the Tour of Britain and other races up and down the land to the modern era of glorious success by the likes of Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. As the Tour de France returns to these shores for the fourth time, with Great Britain now firmly established at the top of the world of cycling, this is the ideal time for fans of the sport, both new and old, to explore its wonderful history.