Each day we will be telling you a little more about one of the titles shortlisted for the inaugural SweetSpot Cycling Book of the Year award.

Cycling writer Brendan Gallagher has provided a short synopsis on each book and today is the turn of the final title on the shortlist Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team by Tim Lewis –   published by Yellow Jersey.

An extraordinary multi-layered story – cycling and otherwise – lies at the heart of this book which is set against the backdrop of the small landlocked central Africa nation devastated by civil war and genocide and the modern day Team Rwanda cycling squad. Don't expect a happy ending as such but equally you will find chapters that inspire and even amuse. Author Tim Lewis, who works for the Guardian, observes everything with an admirable journalistic detachment that only strengthens the basic story. No embellishment is needed.

The Central characters are Tom Ritchey, an American cycle manufacturer who was in at the birth of mountain biking, trainer Jock Boyer who was the first American to ride in the Tour de France and star cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti who overcame the death of his six brothers in the civil war to overcome the odds and become Rwanda's first professional cyclist.

If you think Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team is a deserving winner you can now vote, here. By voting you will automatically be entered into a prize draw, in which the winner receives all 12 shortlisted titles in the ultimate cycling book hamper! There will also be three of the winning books available for runners up.

If you like the sound of Brendan’s review and wish to have a read for yourself you can purchase a copy, here.