Ten Points by Bill Strickland

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Of the eight million dedicated cyclists in this country, just 32,044 own amateur racing licenses. There's a reason for that: Racing is not only incredibly difficult, it's downright excruciating, with the possibility for public humiliation never more than one pedal away. So when Natalie, Bill Strickland's preschool-aged daughter, asked him if he could win ten points during one racing season -- the bicycling equivalent of taking an at-bat against Randy Johnson or going one-on-one with Lebron James -- a sensible man wouldve just said no and moved on. Instead, Strickland decided to try.

In the process, he discovered that he was racing toward the loving home life he cherished and, at the same time, trying to get away from something far worse -- his legacy of horrific childhood abuse. Strickland's memoir is filled with lyrical insights on training and dedication, racing scenes packed with nail-biting suspense, and powerful reflections on the meaning of family. Because for Strickland, it's definitely not about the bike.


About Bill Strickland

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Bill Strickland is the editor-at-large for Bicycling magazine and the author of Ten Points, We Might as Well Win (coauthored with JOhan Bruyneel), and The Quotable Cyclist. He has ridden and raced throughout Europe, Australia, and Africa, and he currently races for the amateur cycling team Hup United. He lives in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.
Published July 3, 2007 by Hyperion. 268 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Transitions between these memories and the highly dramatized bike races (whose nuances may be lost on readers unfamiliar with cycling) are occasionally jarring, but the author manages to create sufficient tension even for those who don’t know Lance Armstrong from Lance Bass.

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Bill Strickland is the kind of cycling fanatic whose two-wheeler costs more than his pickup truck.

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