A lifelong but decidedly average bicyclist, Bill was challenged by his daughter to score 10 points in a series of weekly races dominated by pro racers, national champions, and legends of the sport. He hoped that if he could achieve this impossible feat, he might similarly triumph over the indestructible demon that haunted his life. Weaving together the story of the races and Bill's struggle to overcome a legacy of abuse, Ten Points is an insider's look at the world of cycling and the healing power of sports.
©2007 Bill Strickland; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"When Bill Strickland writes about cycling, he takes you on one of the most intense, most unforgettable rides of your life." (Lance Armstrong)
I felt a bit sideswiped by this story, in that I wasn't quite prepared for the hateful and yet detached abuse this man endured as a child. It's pretty hard to listen to, and I found myself dreading those parts of the story. On the other hand, it's pretty fabulous to listen to his decisions to become a better man, be a better father, and not become like his abuser.
I felt his every pedal stroke and while they didn't fly, I believe riding a bike is as close as you can get. Training and racing is most cathartic thing I've ever done. Must read!
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