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  1. Travis Travis says:

    My lovely girlfriend lent me this book over winter and told me I would really enjoy it At first look I was intrigued by the fact that it was a cycling memoir by a guy a faintly knew from flipping through Bicycling magazine and I plopped it onto my to be read stack of books I remember expressing to my girlfriend a few times that I was waiting to read the book in spring as a motivational tool for starting up my summer as a very novice cyclist And each time I would talk about the book my girlfriend would remind me that it wasn't just a book about cycling that it also was about his personal struggle with his childhood I came for the cycling and stayed for his struggle Strickland writes about the emotion speed feel and environment of cycling with a great love respect and knowledge of the sport He writes as detailed as a sports announcer broadcasting the big game but as poetic as great love poem But what was really profound to me was the struggles I could identify with There are pieces in this book I completely identified with although I could never imagine going through what he went through the fears he has as an adult are the same that I have This was a enjoyable read on the level of a family cycling and wonderful tail as well as a great therapeutic release

  2. Timojhen Timojhen says:

    Got me to tears on an airplane so that's something I knew of the author from his work at Bicycling magazine which I respected a lotThis isn't really about bicycling though it does play a part As a parent and once a child I think Bill's honesty and growing self awareness will leave the lasting impressionI too understand breaking the cycle Maybe that's the tears

  3. Jay Jay says:

    Tells the story of trying to score 10 points in a season of weekly bike races intermixed with graphic flashbacks of child abuse I was expecting the details of bike racing and those were well done I was not expecting the abuse and it didn't help the story along in my opinion I listened to this on audio The male narrator voiced the 5 year old daughter in a baby talk voice which was uite annoying throughout

  4. patricia patricia says:

    WOW why this was not recommended by Oprah i will never know why this is not a movie and really why only less than 60 people on Goodreads have marked this on any of their lists is just a travesty of great proportionsREAD THIS BOOKit is a fast gripping heart wrenching read and you may even pick up a few cycling terms that go beyond Lance Armstrong

  5. Connie Curtis Connie Curtis says:

    This book was hard to listen to The author suffered horrific abuse as a young boy and he relates the stories in detail that left my mouth agape Cycling has helped Bill Strickland handle the demons that have been handed down through his ancestors horrible abuse suffered generations past He's trying desperately to break that cycleI admire this man for recognizing the horror that needs to stop with him for trying so hard to handle life differently than his father did Cycling helps him keep his sanityHis father was an evil criminally insane man that I'm glad is no longer on this earth so he can't get to Bill's daughterComing from such a dysfunctional childhood Bill immersed himself in the world of racing cyclists It was an interesting look into the world of elite athletes and his struggle to break the cycle of abuseThis book is not for children It is not a book that will leave you feeling good but you will never forget it

  6. Margaret Margaret says:

    A brave book There were parts that were very difficult to read but overall it was heart warming It was also interesting as I was not familiar with professional cycling

  7. Judy Eaton Judy Eaton says:

    This is one book you won't forget I just finished it and am still digesting Read this book

  8. Michael Travis Michael Travis says:

    There are not many books can you use the words chilling and exhilarating in the same review A little background on how I came to read this book Bill and I were close neighbors one block apart in NW Indiana and good friends during our teenage years late 70’searly 80’s Throughout the last 30 years or so I have always often wondered what happened to Bill after he left the area and went to college in southern Indiana Back in those days there wasn’t much e mail or Facebook to follow each other and staying in touch was expensive without cheap cell plans or reasonable long distanceFast forward to 2016 and a class reunion in our home town of Lake Station There are always those that you wonder where they went and Bill was definitely one of those classmates Every time I would do a Google search I would come up with a Bill Strickland philanthropist with hundreds of pages of videos and articles It was like Bill had vanished off the face of the earth or my search skills were awfully weakAnyway I mentioned Bill’s name at our class reunion and a girl we knew said “Bill is an editor of a large biking magazine and has written a book called Ten Points” She continued “he wrote about had bad he was abused as a child and tied in into bike riding and his child”Upon returning to Utah from the reunion I had to look up this book and finally find my friend I ordered the book for my Kindle app with my Prime account and tore right into it I could have never imagined he was abused as a child I figured his dad was rough on him but the rest I guess I was either shielded from or just adolescent ignorance while drinking at a young age and stuffI have always enjoyed a bike ride but not be passionate about it My wife and I witnessed the end of the Tour De France in 2011 while in Paris and I have watched various events on the sports channels Ten Points is a cycling book as much as a lesson in life Strickland’s use of cycling as a method of overcoming horrible childhood events while becoming an amazing father makes this an amazing read I have to admit I usually not much on these type of books but the personal connection to Bill made this a book I wanted to read in one nightI don’t won’t to give away too much of the story but if you are a cycling person this book is for you and if you are a person that has had personal struggles this is also a book for you And by the way if you are a person that enjoys well written books this is also a book for you Ten Points scores a 10 with me

  9. Mark Mark says:

    Alternating between the story of a grueling season of bike racing memories of horrific childhood abuse and daily experience as a father and husband this extraordinary memoir invites the reader deep into the writer's psyche Strickland is a talented and courageous writer; there are dozens of lyrical passages in which the sensory experience of cycling exposes the suffering of the rider yet this suffering pales next to that inflicted by the writer's father Strickland's muse is his five year old daughter Natalie; his interlocutor is his wife Beth Despite Strickland's manful effort to keep his past bottled up he sees himself begin to repeat the patterns of abuse he suffered This terrifies him yet unleashing the beast within is the only way to win the bike race How Strickland comes to understand this conflict carries the memoir Cyclists and non cyclists alike should enjoy the dramatic descriptions of bike racing and the characters that populate them yet this reading demands a deeper commitment The detailed account of several episodes of abuse are very difficult to read; the reporting of unconscious attempts to sabotage his own family are perhaps even painful It takes courage to race bikes but it ultimately takes even simply to love his wife and daughter and abandon the multi generational cycle of abuse that had been the legacy of Strickland men Bravo to a passionate story very well told

  10. Josh Josh says:

    A powerful at times difficult memoir of the author's struggle to reckon with his childhood and his own potential as a father juxtaposed with the lessons he learned during a season of bicycle racing

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Ten Points [KINDLE] ✽ Ten Points By Bill Strickland – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Of the eight million dedicated cyclists in this country just 32044 own amateur racing licenses There's a reason for that Racing is not only incredibly difficult it's downright excruciating with the po Of the eight million dedicated cyclists in this country just own amateur racing licenses There's a reason for that Racing is not only incredibly difficult it's downright excruciating with the possibility for public humiliation never than one pedal away So when Natalie Bill Strickland's preschool aged daughter asked him if he could win Ten Points during one racing season the bicycling euivalent of taking an at bat against Randy Johnson or going one on one with Lebron James a sensible man wouldve just said no and moved on Instead Strickland decided to tryIn the process he discovered that he was racing toward the loving home life he cherished and at the same time trying to get away from something far worse his legacy of horrific childhood abuse Strickland's memoir is filled with lyrical insights on training and dedication racing scenes packed with nail biting suspense and powerful reflections on the meaning of family Because for Strickland it's definitely not about the bike.