Paul Knights, our resident social events coordiator has organised an exciting ‘Meet the author’ event at The Fleece in Otley. Martin Gatenby will be giving a short reading of his new book ‘Life of Mamils’ and there’s a chance to buy the book, not to mention a couple of beers and general chat about cycling! The date is Wednesday 10th May at 8:30. Check out some details on the author and have a sneaky peak of the book here:
Unfortunately space is limited, due to the size of the room, so please book yourself a ticket using the link below:
A little introduction to the author:
When Martin Gatenby was a small boy, he saw the Tour de France on television for the first time. Like many people who have witnessed this great spectacle, he was inspired to dream of cycling across the cobbles of Northern France, over the Alps and Pyrenees and into Paris. For the truly talented few, fulfilling that dream meant a life of dedication and suffering, a career at the very highest level of the sport and a chance to count their names amongst the greats. For many others, things were different. This is the story of one man’s personal journey from the grassroots of cycling to the finish line of the Tour de France, a journey that took him down some of the very same roads as his heroes and over many of the same mountains. He didn’t become a sporting great… he became a middle aged man in lycra.
Here’s a taster: Life of Mamils 3CH
Martin Gatenby first became interested in cycling when, as a small boy, he saw the Tour de France on television for the first time. That inspired him start riding his bike further afield than the suburban area of West Yorkshire where he grew up and he eventually began racing as a teenage member of Hull Thursday Road Club, before he lost interest in cycling when his school friend Paul Bennett bought an electric guitar. After a long lay-off, he returned to cycling in his late thirties as a means of keeping fit and staving off the effects of a sedentary occupation working in sales. This led to reawakening of his love for the sport, and as the pastime boomed in the UK, he became one of the many ‘middle aged men in Lycra’ who can be seen on British roads every weekend. It was during these many hours of cycling that he heard about an amateur event that would give him the chance to fulfil a boyhood dream and ride a stage of the Tour de France. He has since completed the Etape du Tour six times, and the Paris-Roubaix challenge twice, always respecting the non-competitive spirit of these events, and only making one brief appearance at the front. His life as a contented cyclist was briefly interrupted by illness, then after returning to regular cycling he settled back into regular club life until the arrival of the Tour de France in his hometown in 2014. This led to him joining his club mates on ‘the ride of a lifetime’, arriving on the Champs Elysees in Paris on the same weekend as the professional race finished. He is a member of the Cappuccino Cycling Club. He has three children who he has been unable to entice into the world of cycling, and shares his life with Lesley, the only woman he has ever met who thinks he looks good in his cycling kit. He lives in North Yorkshire, and this is his first book.