New book on Irish cycling shortlisted for prestigious top award

Posted on: November 29th, 2017

The Ascent Sean Kelly Stephen Roche Irish cycling book

Books about the Irish cycling scene have scored at book awards in recent years. But now the new book on the market about the Irish scene is in the running for a very prestigious award.


The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche, Irish cycling book


Best known as the man who had a dust up with Dave Brailsford on the Tour de France, Irish cycling journalist Barry Ryan is now in the running for a top award/.

His book – The Ascent – charts the rise of the Irish pro cycling scene.

And now it has made it into the final short list of just three titles for Eir Sports Book of the Year.

Ryan is up against two other books that also made a significant splash this year.

The Choice’ is by Dubliner footballer Philly McMahon with Niall Kelly. ‘The Warriors Code’ is by Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrell with Christy O’Connor.

First prize would be a feather in Ryan’s cap and should also boost sales. But the award also carries a significant prize.

There’s a specially commissioned trophy to mark the win, as well as €1,500 cash and €10,000 in TV advertising.

Managing director of Eir TV and Sport Glen Killane said the three shortlisted books were quality reads.

“It was a difficult task for the judging panel to narrow it down to three contenders this year. This shortlist reflects a diversity of writing styles and subject matters,” he said.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin on December 12th.

In 2011 journalist Ger Cromwell and Irish rider Nicolas Roche won Bord Gais sports book of the year for Inside the Peloton.

  • ‘The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish cycling’s golden generation’ is available now and would make a fantastic Christmas present; even from yourself to yourself!