‘The Invisible Mile’ by David Coventry.
Sunday 13th May 4:30 to 6:15 pm – Free Entry
Olympic Park Velodrome, Abercrombie Road
London E20 3AB
We’ll be in the Olympic Park Velodrome Cafe
Join us at Kenric’s monthly book group in a relaxed, friendly environment. This is a regular monthly event, held on the second Sunday of each month.
Based on a true story ‘The Invisible Mile’ tells the poignant story of five Australian and New Zealand cyclists who in 1928 formed the first English-speaking team to ride in the Tour de France. They were gallant, under-resourced and badly outnumbered but taken deep to the heart by the French nation. The novel describes in a wonderful poetic and visceral voice what it was like to ride in this race (the chaos, danger and rivalries), the extraordinary lengths to which the riders pushed themselves, suffering horrific injuries, riding through the night in pitch dark, and the ways they staved off the pain, through camaraderie, through sexual conquest, through drink, and through drugs (cocaine for energy, opium for pain).