Chasing the Chimney Sweep by Selwyn Parker
Approx. 76,960 words.
Published on July 4, 2010.
The original Tour de France of 1903 was much tougher than today's version, with stages over 400kms long.
The author of ten books of history and travel, Selwyn Parker and three others undertook to ride in the tracks of the original hard men. The narrative starts and ends in Paris as the cyclists wend their way over 2,000kms of rural and urban France in homage to the supermen of last century.