The Irish Examiner have listed what they consider to be the greatest Irish sports books, and A Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage comes out on top.
The book was published in 1990 shortly after the Dubliner retired as a professional cyclist. In it, Kimmage lifts the lid on doping in cycling, and explained how he came to try amphetamines himself. A Rough Ride won The William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
In second place of the greatest Irish sports books was Back from the Brink, Paul McGrath’s autobiography and in third place was Only a Game? by Eamon Dunphy.
The article states the following of Kimmage’s book, “We can’t think of a more important book anyone has contributed to any sport. Nor a better one by an Irish sportswriter. In the pantheon of all the fine books we’ve honoured and climbed through here, A Rough Ride stands at the very pinnacle of the mountain, its own Alpe D’Heuz, on the podium, in yellow.”
For the full list, check this link: http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/irelands-40-greatest-sports-books-300376.html