The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail by Tim Moore

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Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike.

Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter’s brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland.

Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-breathed Russian hostility, Romanian landslides and a diet of dumplings, Moore and his ‘so-small bicycle’ are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods, plus a shameful addiction to Magic Man energy drink.

Haunted throughout by the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse – at a time of ratcheting East-West tension.

After three months, 20 countries and a 58-degree jaunt up the centigrade scale, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older.



Title : The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Along the Iron Curtain Trail
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ISBN : 1473522854
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 368 pages


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Paul rated it ★★★★☆

November 21, 2016

Growing up as a teenager in the 1980’s the cold war and the Soviet threat was very real indeed. The whole system imploded at the end of that decade and the Iron Curtain that separated Western Europe from Communist bloc for decades was drawn aside. This physical and ideological border stretched fr...


Yodamom rated it ★★★★★

January 12, 2017

Cycling insanity through snow, ice, angry villagers, drunken drivers, award worthy pot holes, language failures, dark ruins, mad dogs, hunger and extreme physical exhaustion. Insane it might have been, but it was the best non trip I’ve taken. The historical knowledge and visions were better than...


Ron rated it ★★★★☆

December 01, 2016

The eccentric British madman who’s been called “Bill Bryson on two wheels,” cycles 10,000km along the length of the old Iron Curtain on a shopping bike (two gears and 20" wheels). Starting from Finland, in winter. I’m not kidding. Following French Revolutions (riding the Tour de France route in o...


Dlmrose rated it ★★★★☆

June 07, 2017

3.5


Joe rated it ★★★☆☆

December 30, 2016

Anybody familiar with any of Tim Moore’s previous travelogues – such as cycling the full route of the Tour de France in “French Revolutions”, or walking the entire length of the Camino with a recalcitrant donkey – will know that the man is quite clearly a lunatic. For his latest adventure in “The...


Popup-ch rated it ★★★★★

October 26, 2016

Tim Moore sets off on his daftest adventure yet: cycling along the former Iron Curtain on an old East German shopping bike. He survives the 8'700km fueled by curiosity, boneheadedness and dubious energy drinks, and describes the ordeal in self-depreciating prose reminiscent of the early Bill Brys...


Simon rated it ★★★★★

November 14, 2016

Cracking Again Another triumphant farce full of fun, historical vignettes and enough gaps in detail to irritate the cycling bores! Great stuff.


Linda rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

Interesting book - and as with any journey, as you get closer to the end, you are ready for it to finish. But along the way, I learned lots and lots of things about life on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Most memorable - Can you guess how many concentration camps were set up by the Nazis? 20,000...


Anders rated it ★★★★☆

July 27, 2017

Jeg er kæmpefan af Tim Moores tossede rejsebøger, hvor han som regel giver sig selv urimelige udfordringer og bagefter dokumenterer sin egen håbløshed. Denne nyeste bog følger hans tre måneder lange tur på en campingcykel fra Finland til Rumænien. Han skriver i sin helt egen krøllede, men ekstremt...


Laura rated it ★★★★★

October 21, 2017

This dude is seriously crazy, but such an interesting look at the countries along the Iron Curtain, both with some history and how they are today. Almost felt like it ended too soon, but I think the author was just tired by the end!





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