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Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180

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Staff Pick

Be fascinated with the cessation of bad habits. Revel in the sound of clicking gears and the whoosh of skinny tires on asphalt. This is a crash and burn, lose your mind with your fat, die or get fit way to becoming a bicycle geek.
Recommended by Donna, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

A few years ago, the closest Mike Magnuson thought he would get to participating in a sporting event was sitting in the local bar, slamming pitchers of beer and watching the NFL playoffs on TV. He was thirty-eight years old, smoked a pack a day, drank a case or two of beer a week, and carried 250 pounds of weight on his five-foot-ten-inch frame. Getting on a bicycle for a peddle around the block could have been dangerous in his condition, let alone trying to keep up with a group of racer-fit riders for forty-five miles at a clip, but that is just what Mike decided to do. He was sick of it all — the booze, the cigarettes, and the heft. He could have been seriously hurt. But he wasn't. In Mike's words, he was merely "handed his proverbial fat ass on a platter" three times a week and kept coming back for more.

Heft on Wheels charts in hilarious detail every curve in Mike Magnuson's 180-degree journey from the big guy at the back of the pack to the lean, mean racing machine setting the pace for the group. Along the way we meet his friends, colleagues, and family and learn how even a healthy obsession can have its uphill climbs. For a start there's the starvation diet and the nicotine patches, not to mention the skin-tight XXL cycling outfit and the insanely unrealistic goal of completing the Bridge to Bridge Incredible Cycling Challenge — proudly billed as "100 Miles of Pure Hill" — within the year. Yet, through it all, Mike never loses his sense of humor (though after having a quick conversation with God on one particularly grueling hill, he does believe he has come within spitting distance of losing his mind).

Filled with triumph, heartbreak, and hilarity, Heft on Wheels is an unforgettable book about getting from one place to another, in more ways than one.

Review:

"Lance Armstrong has shown the world what tremendous athleticism it takes to be a champion cyclist. Now Magnuson weighs in on the sport, from the point of view of a regular guy. The author of Lummox: The Evolution of a Man is a 255-pound, pack-a-day 40-year-old who's desperate to get his life back into shape. And he chooses the challenge of cycling to achieve that, largely because of its total lack of mercy. 'I needed the crap beaten out of me,' Magnuson explains. So he launches into his own journey, one where he succeeds in spades, drops pounds and quits smoking to become a true road warrior. It's a compelling premise, made all too real by the cover image of a mostly nude, overweight man on a bike. Magnuson approaches the book with that kind of humor, and a rapid pace that mirrors the sport he's fallen in love with. The downfall is that the colloquial fun often drifts into silly superficiality (on reading Samuel Beckett: 'I'm like totally wow, blown away, this stuff rocks!'). And although Magnuson, a university creative writing professor, occasionally tries to inject a bit of intellectual heft, dropping in Kafka and Camus references alongside his racing stories, it just never works as a thrilling narrative. This life makeover is an admirable achievement, but doesn't make for great reading. (On sale June 15) Forecast: Cross-promotions with local bike groups nationwide might stir up interest." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] compelling memoir....Highly recommended for both recovery and fitness collections." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Written with honesty and self-effacing wry humor, this is the story of a man's transformation from a 250-pound slob to a clean-living, 175-pound, racing-fit cyclist set to compete for the second straight year in North Carolina's Bridge to Bridge Incredible Century Cycling Challenge.

Synopsis:

A few years ago, the closest Mike Magnuson thought he would get to participating in a sporting event was sitting in the local bar, slamming pitchers of beer and watching the NFL playoffs on TV. He was thirty-eight years old, smoked a pack a day, drank a case or two of beer a week, and carried 250 pounds of weight on his five-foot-ten-inch frame. Getting on a bicycle for a peddle around the block could have been dangerous in his condition, let alone trying to keep up with a group of racer-fit riders for forty-five miles at a clip, but that is just what Mike decided to do. He was sick of it all—the booze, the cigarettes, and the heft. He could have been seriously hurt. But he wasn’t. In Mike’s words, he was merely “handed his proverbial fat ass on a platter” three times a week and kept coming back for more.

Heft on Wheels charts in hilarious detail every curve in Mike Magnuson’s 180-degree journey from the big guy at the back of the pack to the lean, mean racing machine setting the pace for the group. Along the way we meet his friends, colleagues, and family and learn how even a healthy obsession can have its uphill climbs. For a start there’s the starvation diet and the nicotine patches, not to mention the skin-tight XXL cycling outfit and the insanely unrealistic goal of completing the Bridge to Bridge Incredible Cycling Challenge—proudly billed as “100 Miles of Pure Hill”—within the year. Yet, through it all, Mike never loses his sense of humor (though after having a quick conversation with God on one particularly grueling hill, he does believe he has come within spitting distance of losing his mind).

Filled with triumph, heartbreak, and hilarity, Heft on Wheels is an unforgettable book about getting from one place to another, in more ways than one.

About the Author

MIKE MAGNUSON teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, and has written for Esquire, GQ, and Bicycling. He is the author of two novels and a memoir.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400052400
Author:
Magnuson, Mike
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Exercise
Subject:
Healthy Living
Subject:
Bicycle racing
Subject:
Cyclists
Subject:
Health/Exercise & Fitness
Subject:
Dieters.
Subject:
Cycling - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
8.54x5.84x.93 in. .85 lbs.

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Product details 252 pages Harmony Books - English 9781400052400 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Be fascinated with the cessation of bad habits. Revel in the sound of clicking gears and the whoosh of skinny tires on asphalt. This is a crash and burn, lose your mind with your fat, die or get fit way to becoming a bicycle geek.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lance Armstrong has shown the world what tremendous athleticism it takes to be a champion cyclist. Now Magnuson weighs in on the sport, from the point of view of a regular guy. The author of Lummox: The Evolution of a Man is a 255-pound, pack-a-day 40-year-old who's desperate to get his life back into shape. And he chooses the challenge of cycling to achieve that, largely because of its total lack of mercy. 'I needed the crap beaten out of me,' Magnuson explains. So he launches into his own journey, one where he succeeds in spades, drops pounds and quits smoking to become a true road warrior. It's a compelling premise, made all too real by the cover image of a mostly nude, overweight man on a bike. Magnuson approaches the book with that kind of humor, and a rapid pace that mirrors the sport he's fallen in love with. The downfall is that the colloquial fun often drifts into silly superficiality (on reading Samuel Beckett: 'I'm like totally wow, blown away, this stuff rocks!'). And although Magnuson, a university creative writing professor, occasionally tries to inject a bit of intellectual heft, dropping in Kafka and Camus references alongside his racing stories, it just never works as a thrilling narrative. This life makeover is an admirable achievement, but doesn't make for great reading. (On sale June 15) Forecast: Cross-promotions with local bike groups nationwide might stir up interest." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] compelling memoir....Highly recommended for both recovery and fitness collections."
"Synopsis" by , Written with honesty and self-effacing wry humor, this is the story of a man's transformation from a 250-pound slob to a clean-living, 175-pound, racing-fit cyclist set to compete for the second straight year in North Carolina's Bridge to Bridge Incredible Century Cycling Challenge.
"Synopsis" by , A few years ago, the closest Mike Magnuson thought he would get to participating in a sporting event was sitting in the local bar, slamming pitchers of beer and watching the NFL playoffs on TV. He was thirty-eight years old, smoked a pack a day, drank a case or two of beer a week, and carried 250 pounds of weight on his five-foot-ten-inch frame. Getting on a bicycle for a peddle around the block could have been dangerous in his condition, let alone trying to keep up with a group of racer-fit riders for forty-five miles at a clip, but that is just what Mike decided to do. He was sick of it all—the booze, the cigarettes, and the heft. He could have been seriously hurt. But he wasn’t. In Mike’s words, he was merely “handed his proverbial fat ass on a platter” three times a week and kept coming back for more.

Heft on Wheels charts in hilarious detail every curve in Mike Magnuson’s 180-degree journey from the big guy at the back of the pack to the lean, mean racing machine setting the pace for the group. Along the way we meet his friends, colleagues, and family and learn how even a healthy obsession can have its uphill climbs. For a start there’s the starvation diet and the nicotine patches, not to mention the skin-tight XXL cycling outfit and the insanely unrealistic goal of completing the Bridge to Bridge Incredible Cycling Challenge—proudly billed as “100 Miles of Pure Hill”—within the year. Yet, through it all, Mike never loses his sense of humor (though after having a quick conversation with God on one particularly grueling hill, he does believe he has come within spitting distance of losing his mind).

Filled with triumph, heartbreak, and hilarity, Heft on Wheels is an unforgettable book about getting from one place to another, in more ways than one.

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