Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder

  • by Dave Barter
  • Narrated by Simon Whistler
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder is an anthology of 30 articles written by an amateur cyclist over a period of 10 years. The collection exhibits the madness that engulfs those who descend into cycling obsession, celebrating the average cyclist living in a world defined by the pros. The writings range from fanciful musings concerning the Tao of singlespeeding to lengthy descriptions of end-to-end rides in Britain and Ireland. Mountain biking, road cycling and all sorts of other cycling events are chronicled along the way. Each is written in a lighthearted style designed to bring the reader into the author's world which is often littered with incident and humour. The listener will find a loose ticklist of events to ride, bikes to own and challenges to take on, each described in the author's own inimitable style.

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Adventures of a Serial Amateur

Personal essays, mostly essay-length, about the author's travails as a late blooming cycling fanatic. These 'inner voice' stories are quite humorous, especially the author's ping-ponging between hubris and humiliation at the club rides. My favorite sections were the introduction, when the author makes the life-changing decision to get fit during an awkward elevator incident, and his ride of The Étape in France, a cyclo-sportive event in which amateurs may ride a Tour de France stage on the rest day during the 'real' Tour. In the essayist tradition, the best stories emerge when things go wrong, and the author has plenty of things go wrong. My one criticism - occasionally attitude gets the better of the author. For example, he makes a point to single out and mock fellow cycling essayist Elden, of Fat Cyclist blog. Why do that? The two are cut from the same chamois, so to speak, and Elden is a much beloved figure in cycling blogs. Still, this was great to listen to while trapped in the carpool wishing I were cycling.
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- Sparkly "interested in history, science, and pulp fiction"

Great one!

What made the experience of listening to Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder the most enjoyable?

Outstanding voice of lector


What was one of the most memorable moments of Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder?

There are so many... :)


What does Simon Whistler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There is no "just read the book". This book is great :) And lector - he brought a quite new experience - as the book is very funny, than it's really very easy to spoil the reading if wrong lector is chosen. And Simon Whistler is just great!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes - the ending. It came so fast...


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- Maciej

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2012
  • Publisher: Open Book Audio