FROM THE PEN OF J. B. WADLEY
J. B. Wadley’s career as a cycling journalist spanned more than 40 years and encompassed every aspect of the sport. The first British writer to cover the Tour de France and the great one-day Classics, his were the words that first put us in among the continental peloton. But he was equally at home among crack-of-dawn time-trialists, trackmen, randonneurs and record-breakers. His enthusiasm embraced them all, and he wrote about each aspect of cycle sport with an authority and an inimitable eye-witness style that never failed to convey its particular drama. All of this is reflected in this selection of his work, drawn from his early days as a young reporter with The Bicycle, through the years when he edited Sporting Cyclist and then International Cycle Sport, to his last major book, My 19th Tour de France.
‘Jock Wadley’s beautiful turn of phrase could be applied equally to touring theme or race report, and he carried you, the reader, along with him as though you were riding tandem and hearing his words borne from the front saddle.’
- Peter Bryan