William Fotheringham is coming to Oundle the day before The Women's Tour sets off from this historic market town. Come and hear about his fascinating career in the cycling world and get into the cycling frame of mind ready for the race.
William was a features editor for Cycling Weekly, and was the first editor of Cycle Sport and launched the magazine Procycling in 1998. His first full-length book, Put Me Back on My Bike, was published in 2002 and he has written best-selling biographies of Tom Simpson, Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merckx. Since 1994, William has covered nineteen Tours de France and four Olympic Games. He is currently the Guardian’s cycling editor. He has been at the forefront of cycling journalism for the last twenty years. He has seen, first hand, the passion and human cost of people driven by a will to win.
He won the IPC Media Specialist Writer of the Year award in 1993 and 1998.
William will be talking about his latest book, Racing Hard, giving insights into the work of a journalist working on major cycling events, and will be expecting a wide range of questions about cycling topics including the Women's Tour of Britain, Lance Armstrong, the rise of cycling in Britain and much more.
Racing Hard is a collection of work from the Guardian going back to 1994, when William started covering the Tour de France for the paper. Subdivided into two main sections, one on the Tour and the other on Great Britain and the Olympics, with a range of obituaries and a miscellany of not so obvious stuff that encompasses Sean Kelly’s retirement, the Linda McCartney team, and riding the Etape du Tour. He has added notes to every piece, putting each one into context, and in some cases explaining some of the journalistic background.
The selection was made following a variety of criteria: pieces that seemed important at the time, those that have gained more significance with hindsight – a 40-word report of Bradley Wiggins’s first stage race win from 2003, or Dave Brailsford saying he wants to found a professional road team, again from 2003; there are stories that William was particularly proud to get first, such as David Millar’s first interview after his fall from grace in 2004, and those that William just enjoyed writing. It was also a chance to pay tribute to riders whose importance has been lost in the mists of time and the fog of doping scandals.
Reviews:"As a historical note of the last twenty years across the upper reaches of professional cycling, it is unlikely that Racing Hard can be bettered."
- The Washing Machine Post
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This event is kindly sponsored by Waitrose Oundle.