I got to meet author Tim Moore up in Yorkshire over the weekend after listening to him talk about his latest book ‘Gironimo!’, in which he shares the highs and lows of his recreation of the “toughest Grand Tour in history” – the 1914 Giro d’Italia. Only 8 of the 81 starters completed this most gruelling of tests.
Not one to do things by half, Moore elects to do the 3,162km route on a 100 year old bike dressed in authentic woollen garb and blue-glass goggles which almost totally blinker his peripheral vision. Riding on wooden rims with wine corks for brake blocks he rides the entire length of Italy twice with the inevitably hilarious disaster-courting consequences.
I have one copy to give away to someone (UK postal addresses only) who answers the following question correctly. In his talk Moore revealed which wine corks he found to make the most effective (or, more accurately, least ineffective) brake blocks? Chianti or Prosecco?
Name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and a name will be picked out some form of randomising receptacle on Friday 11th.
‘Gironimo- Riding The Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy’ is published by Yellow Jersey Press for £14.99 RRP.