Mr Tom-The True Story of Tom Simpson

Author: Chris Sidwells

Published by Mousehold Press

Mr Tom, is the true story of the life of Tom Simpson, Britain's greatest ever racing cyclist. For years the story of Tom Simpson, has been clouded by the facts surrounding his death in the 1967 Tour de France. For the first time, Chris Sidwells, who is Simpson's nephew, tells the story of his life. The story of how a coal miner's son moved to France and climbed to the top of the hardest sport in the world, achieving things that no other British cyclist has ever equalled.

This is what some of the reviewers said:-

"I loved this inspiring book. All cyclists - and everyone who wants to know about modern sport - should read it. Here's a story of triumph, for the book is about Tom Simpson's life, not his tragic death. We travel from the cinder tracks of the industrial north-east to European glory, from the British club scene to a world championship and the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France. An intimate portrait of an exceptional man, this biography tells us about the private as well as the public Simpson, and there's new information for even the most knowledgeable fan. Brilliant".

Tim Hilton. - Independent on Sunday.

"Too often the press refer to Tom Simpson's tragic death on the hot barren slopes of the cruel Ventoux mountain rather than his extraordinary feats as Britain's greatest and most entertaining cyclist. This book redresses that balance, and should be read by every sports editor. For those who remember his great exploits, and for those of us who had good fortune to spend time with Tom, enjoying his effervescent company and admiring his tenacity as a rider, Chris Sidwells' Mr Tom will bring back memories of an irrepressible character now sadly missed".

David Duffield. - Eurosport.

A timely and exhilarating account of our greatest cycling legend and one of Britain's finest ever sportsmen".

Luke Evans. - Cycle Sport.

"He was everything a young rider should be, and there has never been a rider to match him since, emanating from British roads".

Phil Liggett. - Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 TV.

Chris Sidwells' recent Mr Tom is a passionately delivered redemption of his uncle’s name which sets new standards of intelligence and documentation

Charlie Woods. - Author of Bikie

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