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The Invisible Mile - A Novel

David Coventry

Based on a true story, The Invisible Mile is a superbly written novel about determination, teamwork, family, national healing, and facing one's demons. In 1928, the Ravat-Wonder cycling team became the first ever English-speaking peloton to compete in the Tour de France. The riders came from faraway New Zealand and Australia and were treated as exotics. The team was underfinanced and undertrained; they faced one of the toughest routes in the race's history, 5,476 kilometers over unsealed roads through a landscape heavy with the legacy of the Great War. 162 cyclists began the race that year; only 42 finished. At the start of the Tour, nobody expected the Ravat-Wonder team to last more than a few hundred kilometers. Instead, their achievements captured the imagination of a nation scarred by recent war and signaled the transformation of the Tour into a truly international event. The story is told from inside the Ravat-Wonder peloton, in the voice of one of the riders. His race becomes a confrontation with the ghosts of the Great War. Riding on the alternating highs of cocaine and opium, victory and defeat, as he nears the northern battlefields and his last, invisible mile, trauma, exertion, and his personal demons take over, eclipsing all other concerns. The Invisible Mile is a powerful reimagining of the Tour during its most grueling and heroic age, when, more than any other sport, it symbolized the suffering and the triumph of nations. And it is likewise a profoundly human story about guilt and redemption

Based on a true story, The Invisible Mile is a superbly written novel about determination, teamwork, family, national healing, and facing one's demons. In 1928, the Ravat-Wonder cycling team became the first ever English-speaking peloton to compete in the Tour de France. The riders came from faraway New Zealand and Australia and were treated as exotics. The team was underfinanced and undertrained; they faced one of the toughest routes in the race's history, 5,476 kilometers over unsealed roads through a landscape heavy with the legacy of the Great War. 162 cyclists began the race that year; only 42 finished. At the start of the Tour, nobody expected the Ravat-Wonder team to last more than a few hundred kilometers. Instead, their achievements captured the imagination of a nation scarred by recent war and signaled the transformation of the Tour into a truly international event. The story is told from inside the Ravat-Wonder peloton, in the voice of one of the riders. His race becomes a confrontation with the ghosts of the Great War. Riding on the alternating highs of cocaine and opium, victory and defeat, as he nears the northern battlefields and his last, invisible mile, trauma, exertion, and his personal demons take over, eclipsing all other concerns. The Invisible Mile is a powerful reimagining of the Tour during its most grueling and heroic age, when, more than any other sport, it symbolized the suffering and the triumph of nations. And it is likewise a profoundly human story about guilt and redemption
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Based on a true story, The Invisible Mile is a superbly written novel about determination, teamwork, family, national healing, and facing one's demons. In 1928, the Ravat-Wonder cycling team became the first ever English-speaking peloton to compete in the Tour de France. The riders came from faraway New Zealand and Australia and were treated as exotics. The team was underfinanced and undertrained; they faced one of the toughest routes in the race's history, 5,476 kilometers over unsealed roads through a landscape heavy with the legacy of the Great War. 162 cyclists began the race that year; only 42 finished. At the start of the Tour, nobody expected the Ravat-Wonder team to last more than a few hundred kilometers. Instead, their achievements captured the imagination of a nation scarred by recent war and signaled the transformation of the Tour into a truly international event. The story is told from inside the Ravat-Wonder peloton, in the voice of one of the riders. His race becomes a confrontation with the ghosts of the Great War. Riding on the alternating highs of cocaine and opium, victory and defeat, as he nears the northern battlefields and his last, invisible mile, trauma, exertion, and his personal demons take over, eclipsing all other concerns. The Invisible Mile is a powerful reimagining of the Tour during its most grueling and heroic age, when, more than any other sport, it symbolized the suffering and the triumph of nations. And it is likewise a profoundly human story about guilt and redemption

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Meadows

Length:

11h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

00:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:40


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:44


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:25


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:12


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:57


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:15


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:58


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:29


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:29


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:33


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:50


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:43


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:09


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:12


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:51


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:03


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:17


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:21


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:03


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:25


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:16


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:32


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:21


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:40


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:01


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:46


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:28


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:50


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:50


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:18


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:23


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:08


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:29


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:55


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:29


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:30


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:46


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:26


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:07


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:42


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:26