Good news, of sorts, for Lance Armstrong - someone still wants his books. Newcastle-upon-Tyne bike shop-cum-café The Cycle Hub and cycle holiday operator Saddle Skedaddle have issued an appeal for unwanted copies of books about the disgraced cyclist that will be turned into an art installation with an anti-doping theme.
The installation is planned to be unveiled at The Late Shows – when galleries and museums on Tyneside open late into the evening – which takes place on 17 and 18 May, reports BikeBiz.
Andrew Straw of Saddle Skeddadle told the website: "The installation will relate to doping in cycling and the more books we get the bigger and better the installation will be."
To which all we can add is, be careful what you wish for. There’s an awful lot of Armstrong books out there looking for a new home.
Turning them into art is much better, we reckon, than letting the books such as It’s Not About The Bike gather dust on the shelf where, in any event, they make for rather uncomfortable companions to the likes of Paul Kimmage’s Rough Ride (which we’re sure moves itself to the other end of the road.cc library at night).
And other options to get rid of them are limited – we don’t encourage the whole burning of books thing, and just try donating a copy of Every Second Counts to the local charity bookshop. You’ll be going back home with it.
There’s no news of what will happen to the books after The Late Show finishes, but a word of caution to The Cycle Hub and Saddle Skedaddle – remember our story from last month about the entrepreneur lumbered with 10,000 Lance Armstrong DVDs he can’t sell who was looking for ideas on how to dispose of them?
Books should be sent, or handed in, to:
The Cycle Hub
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.