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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Forty to Finish is a work of non-fiction in the memoir and sports subgenres. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Larry Walsh as a follow-up to Suit to Saddle. After the layoff that inspired Walsh to begin his adventures as a long-haul cyclist, we find ourselves back in the saddle as he takes on one of the biggest challenges that any cyclist could ever face: the Trans Am Bike Race. Traversing ten states and over 4000 miles, this is an epic story of endurance, perseverance, and success, but also of the incredible journey, people, and places that Walsh encounters on his way across America.
Fans of pure Americana and modern patriotism are sure to adore this interesting work. One of the most prominent features for me, and a key reason why I enjoyed this read despite having little interest in cycling, was how warm, genuine and charming author Larry Walsh is as a person. His narrative is endearing and casual, like an old friend sitting down for a drink with you to tell you of their exploits, and he gives each person, place, and element of nature that he encounters its due reverence and respect in his writing. You can feel such a deeply personal connection between the cyclist and his route, and it was so inspiring to see how the journey shapes and changes Walsh as he learns new lessons from it. Overall, I would recommend Forty to Finish to all readers whether you’re interested in cycling or not, because it is a well-penned and totally engaging read about nature, humanity, and America.