- - New Book: "Magic Spanner - The World of Cycling According to Carlton Kirby"

New Book: “Magic Spanner – The World of Cycling According to Carlton Kirby”

Prepare to be entertained as legendary Eurosport cycling commentator Carlton Kirby shares his tales from the road, taking you behind the scenes of the world’s greatest cycle races.

With a candid authority that comes from over 25 years commentating on the world’s biggest cycling races, legendary Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby isn’t afraid to tell it like it really is. Witty, outrageous and often outspoken, Magic Spanner is an insider’s view of life on cycling’s Grand Tours, including the Tour de France, Giro D’Italia, Vuelta a España and the classics, all delivered in the inimitable style for which Carlton has become globally famous.

Peppered with hilarious anecdotes of life on the road with Tour legend Sean Kelly, Carlton gives us an expert, behind-the-scenes view – one that the average fan rarely gets to see or hear about. As well as sharing his various bugbears (including crazy spectators in mankinis to the more serious issues of rider safety), Carlton also lifts the lid on team strategies, and delves into some of cycling’s more questionable ethics.

Delivering a mix of expert opinion and trademark wit, Carlton covers the funny, the serious and the more bizarre moments on the professional cycling caravan.


Magic Spanner” – The World of Cycling According to Carlton Kirby

  • 228 pp., illus., softbound
  • Bloomsbury Sport, London, 2019 ISBN 978-1-4729-5986-7
  • Suggested Price: US$ 18.00

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