The chains that bind

Barry Ryan’s new book, The Ascent, chronicles the golden age of Irish professional cycling. At its heart, it is a story of young men chasing their dreams, growing together and then growing apart

24th September, 2017
Sean Kelly thrived in the harsh environment of 1980s cycling Pic: INPHO

The French professional road racing cyclist Noël Converset spent just one season in the professional peloton. In 1977, he rode alongside fellow neophyte Sean Kelly for the Flandria team, managed by the so-called ‘Viscount’, Jean de Gribaldy. But where Kelly flourished, Converset struggled; and at year’s end, his contract was not renewed. Cycling trundled on without him, and he resumed civilian life, working for his family’s clockmaking business in Héricourt, near Besançon....

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!


What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

TV review: A peek at how the elites weathered the pandemic

Radio review: Haig’s comfort read taps into history’s wisdom to solve today’s ills

Appetite for Distraction: our pick of home entertainment