Field of Fire: The Tour de France of '87 and the Rise and

Field of Fire: The Tour de France of '87 and the Rise and Fall of ANC-Halfords In , a British based team competed in the Tour de France for the first time in almost two decades The ANC Halfords squad were decimated by the punishing pace, the manager walked out during one of the Alpine stages, five of the nine riders and some of the staff never made it to Paris, and most of the personnel went unpaid ANC were the definitive innocents abroad and it became one of the great sporting misadventures of all timeIf that wasn t bad enough for ANC, a tabloid journalist travelled with them for the full three weeks Jeff Connor s account of the Tour, Wide Eyed and Legless, became a classic and was later voted number one in Cycle Sport s list of the best cycling books of all timeNow,years on, Connor revisits the scene of the crime, tracks down the participants and discovers exactly how their fortunes were changed, some irrevocably, by theTour Field of Fire tells a moving tale of sporting disillusionment, heartbreak, anger and humour

10 thoughts on “Field of Fire: The Tour de France of '87 and the Rise and Fall of ANC-Halfords

  1. says:

    As sporting books go this is up there with the best I wanted to give it 4.5 stars, it is nearly good enough for 5 A 25 year follow up to Wide eyed and legless, telling us how the sport has developed since and what has happened to most of the characters It also places this noble but botched attempt at a British team in the Tour with the current rise to greatnes

  2. says:

    Not having read Wide Eyed And Legless I was keen to read this warts and all account of the honourable failure that was ANC Halford s entry into the 1987 Tour.Jeff Connor has an easy writing style and I found that once begun I fair raced pun intended through the book It s quite short and as well as recounting the tale of the 87 race it brings us up to date with

  3. says:

    Companion piece to Wide Eyed and Legless, but in my view far superior Adds real depth to the earlier book This story is crying out to be made into a feature film, or at the very least a documentary.

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