Reviews and Additional Praise for Road To Valor

“Like Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit before it, Road to Valor is about an unlikely, headstrong champion who transcended his sport to make a deep impact on the broader world.”
— Sports Illustrated

“Gino Bartali was a hero. . . He was a cyclist who saved lives by riding throughout Italy during the second world war for a purpose higher than money or glory.”

“The McConnons have told the story of [Bartali’s] great and greater victories powerfully and well.”
— The Boston Globe

“Fascinating true history”
— CBS Radio

“There are sports heroes. And then there is Gino Bartali, who was a hero even without sports.”
— MSN Fox Sports

“Impeccably researched and thrillingly told. . .This is truly an amazing tale of a poor Tuscan boy who pedaled his way not only to sports immortality, but into true heroism.”
— The Globe and Mail

“[Road to Valor] tells a dramatic and moving story that is virtually unknown to most readers. . . An important addition to World War II biography and also to the history of twentieth-century cycling.”
— Booklist

“This thoroughly documented biography is both inspiring and immensely enjoyable.”
— Publishers Weekly

“‘Thou shall not stand idly by’ is a powerful Biblical command. In Aili and Andres McConnon’s book it offers a moving example of moral courage. A simple citizen and great athlete chose to oppose a cruel and racist political dictatorship by saving Jewish victims in Italy. Was it so hard to become a hero then? It was enough–enough to remain human. And yet.”
— Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

“The two Tours de France won by Bartali are more than mere entries in the record book of winners. The fact that they were won many years apart proves what an exceptional champion he really was. Above all, the war years separating these victories now reveal Gino to have been a true hero.”
— Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France

“Whether you are a Tour de France fan, a history buff, or looking for an entertaining way to learn about both, Road to Valor will have you turning the pages with more conviction and speed than Bartali could turn the pedals! An engaging and mesmerizing read.”
— Craig Hummer, Tour de France broadcaster for NBC Sports

“This book is a magnificent ride through the uphill-downhill-uphill story of Gino Bartali. It inspires anyone who tenaciously holds to doing what is just, no matter how difficult, in the face of ignorance and terror. Bartali is a hero for all times.”
— Fred Plotkin, author of Italy for the Gourmet Traveler

Road to Valor is the rigorously researched account of a true champion and role model, Gino Bartali, who became stronger when faced with extreme adversity. His bicycle became the tool with which he saved countless lives during WWII and inspired a broken nation. It is a profoundly uplifting story.”
— Michael Barry, Professional Tour cyclist and New York Times contributor

“A gritty, scary story of endurance, Road to Valor traces one man’s harrowing journey from the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Italy to a comeback triumph in the Tour de France—told with verve and an affecting appreciation of the human spirit.”
— Bruce Porter, New York Times bestselling author of Blow

“Bartali is one of cycling’s great icons, and this book adds another important dimension to this man’s world.”
— Sir Paul Smith

“Many cycling fans recognize the name Gino Bartali, and up until now most people only knew him for the races he won. But during some of the most tumultuous years of the twentieth century he leveraged his fame and risked his life for those being persecuted. With this complete look at Bartali’s life, his legacy as one of cycling’s greatest heroes grows even stronger.”
— Chris Carmichael, legendary coach and former Giro d’Italia and Tour de France racer

“This retelling of the saga of Gino Bartali, the Italian cycling icon who rescued Jewish victims from Nazi oppression has the ring of truth and is told with the intensity of the Anne Frank chronicles.That it had a happy ending is a bonus. This astonishing book will become a classic.
— Peter C. Newman, bestselling Canadian author

“It is with genuine pleasure that I recommend to men and women of all ages and all religious and ethnic backgrounds Road to Valor by Aili and Andres McConnon. It recounts a true story that is marvellously exciting and inspiring as well. The heroism of so many Italians during World War II and afterwards is a tale that needs to be told, and the authors tell it masterfully. Their readers will be deeply touched by the courage of the hero of the book, Gino Bartali, and others who put their lives at risk to protect the innocent and defend both their faith and their commitment to democracy.”
— Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York

“At a time when so many sports figures have come to personify scandal and bad behavior, how refreshing it is to read the inspiring tale of Gino Bartali’s life. The McConnons have drawn a portrait of the Italian cycling legend that uplifts the spirit, and reminds us of the many ways tenacity and faith can reshape the world. This lively book will ride off with your heart and cycle through your memory for years to come.”
— Raymond Arroyo, New York Times Bestselling Author/ Host of EWTN’s The World Over Live