a novel by Ross E. Goldstein
Three years ago, 23 year old, rising cycling star Cal Scott mysteriously quit his T Mobile team and returned to California, determined to abandon racing forever. Now Cal’s father has an offer: Join him for a trip to Italy for some recreational cycling, no strings attached. Cal suspects that his bulldog-defense-attorney father has another agenda; the trip coincides with Bassano del Grappa’s tortuous race up the slopes of Monte Grappa...
Chain Reaction is a coming-of-age love story that draws the reader into Cal’s quest to purge himself of his past. He learns about the redemptive power of love and discovers that beyond the cutthroat side of pro cycling is the essence of the sport: being pushed beyond one’s limit to achieve the impossible.
Here is that most unlikely of pairings, a cycling page-turner. Blending crisp, descriptive writing with his passion for this sport, Ross Goldstein spins a terrific story — a “Breaking Away” for the 21st century.
— Austin Murphy, Sports Illustrated senior writer. His latest book, “The Happiness of Pursuit,” with Davis Phinney, will be released in May, 2011
Chain Reaction is the rare ride — smooth, yet filled with twists and vistas. A real contribution to the sports literature canon.
— L. Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated senior writer, co-author of “Scorecasting”