Olympic Gangster

Olympic Gangster

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Restlessly vital and possessed of great physical strength, JosAc Beyaert lived many lives. During the Second World War, he boxed and trafficked arms for the Resistance on his bicycle. After it, he became an international cyclist. In 1948, a mile from the end of the Olympic road race around Windsor Park, he broke away alone to take the gold medal and started an adventure that would last the rest of his life. A Tour de France rider in the sport's golden age, JosAc was invited to open a new velodrome in Colombia, South America. He travelled, intending to stay a month. Instead, driven by his thirst for adventure, he stayed for fifty years, becoming by turns athlete, coach, businessman, emerald-trader, logger, smuggler, perhaps even hired killer. Matt Rendell, who knew JosAc Beyaert and met many of his family, friends and associates, tells the fascinating story of an almost-forgotten sporting hero who, incapable of living by other people's rules, lived his many lives on his own terms.... when JosAc was working part-time at the MotobAccane bicycle factory a street or two away from the family shoemakera#39;s shop in Pantin. ... With each pair of shoes and each tip JosAc bought the parts that would become his first bike. ... father had opened a second shoe-repair shop on Avenue de la RAcpublique in Aubervilliers.

Title:Olympic Gangster
Author:Matt Rendell
Publisher:Random House - 2011-04-01


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