Cycling is a sport blessed with literary masterpieces and whether it be autobiographies, biographies, novels or photobooks, there’s no shortage of quality on the shelves.
With Christmas approaching and online marketplaces suggesting you place your Christmas orders shortly, we thought it timely to compile a list of the best reads we’ve come across.
The 2012 William Hill Sportsbook of the Year is Tyler Hamilton’s account of life as a professional cyclist while with the US Postal Services Team, alongside disgraced Texan Lance Armstrong. The book details the inner workings of the team and outlines just what lengths they – Tyler included, were willing to go to win the Tour de France. As the former editor of the Procycling magazine, Jeremy Whittle knew more than most about the doping practices that existed within professional cycling. This book is his personal account of the toll drug-taking has taken on the sport but also a revelation of how unwilling his peers were to raise the blinkers while corruption from those in power within cycling are also exposed. An inspiring read about a former professional cyclist from the US rocking up in Rwanda with a vision of creating the continent’s first pro team. This is the story of how Finnish-born British rider Charly Wegelius fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional cyclist in all it’s painful glory.
He recalls those days of being utterly shattered physically and mentally as well as trying to build a life for himself after he hung up his wheels.
Millar took the maillot jaune in the Tour de France in Futuroscope in 2000 but was juiced when he did. The moment he recalls standing on that podium, clad in yellow, is one of the more poignant moments in the book.
He was subsequently caught and banned from the sport, only to return to lead campaigns for clean cycling. American author Dan Coyle was given access (definitely not exclusive) to the US Postal Services team for the 2004 season where Armstrong was aiming to win his sixth consecutive Tour de France. Coyle followed his subject everywhere and wrote a brilliant account of what life was like inside the Texan’s regime.
It’s unbelievably biased so it definitely won’t be to everyone’s liking, but still worth a read nonetheless. The book that lifted the lid on the performance enhancing drug culture that invaded the sport. Kimmage always wanted to be a pro cyclist but as soon as he was, he discovered it was not what he’d expected.
Instead of glory it was about and utter exhaustion and drugs, drugs he wasn’t willing to take and because of that, it left him aloof amongst his peers. This is a powerful and frank account that broke the code of silence surrounding the issue of drugs in sport.
The 80s were a golden era for cycling with so many stars but few shone brighter – and polarized opinion, than LeMond and Hinault. Best of enemies and best of friends, they were teammates at La Vie Claire, but it didn’t look like that on the road. The pair were leagues ahead of the rest during the 1986 Tour and their tete-a-tete for three weeks in July is one every cycling fan should know about.
Fotheringham is one of the best at his job and he gives an extremely detailed account of the whole career and life of cycling legend Eddy Merckx.
As a rider is being dropped from a group, the team manager or support worker in a following car holds a bottle out the window to hand it up.
As the handover is taking place, the rider grabs the bottle tight, as does whoever is handing it up, enabling the rider get a good tow and push from momentum of the car.
It’s known as a stickybottle because it appears neither the rider nor the person handing it up is able to take their hand off the bottle; it looks stuck to their hands. Since you can't be out riding all the time, what better way to enjoy your time off the bike than with a good book. Eddy "The Cannibal" Merckx won 525 races during his lustrous career, including five Tours de France, four Giros d'Italia, two Tours de Flanders, three Paris Roubaix's and three World Championships, making him arguably the world's most complete and greatest cycling champion of all time.


Whether you know what happened between Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault in the summer of 1986 or not, Richard Moore's insightful look into one of the greatest Tours de France events of all time is a book that oozes with passion for the sport of cycling. Doping is yesterday's news, but if you haven't gone too deep into the details of the UCI reports or Lance's interview with Oprah, this book does a good job of giving you the recap on all that is wrong with the drug-tainted era of cycling.
This book borders on the lighter side of cycling, as author Tim Moore recounts his goal of riding the entire Tour de France itinerary in the year 2000. The story of Louison and Jean Bobet, the former the first man to win three Tours de France in a row, is a fascinating personal look at two brothers whose lives are intertwined in the sport they have grown to love together. Ever wonder just how tough it is to race a full year on the professional circuit in Europe?
ACTIVE is the leader in online event registrations from 5k running races and marathons to softball leagues and local events. This 1961 Chevrolet Corvette factory race car, soon to be auctioned at Mecuma€™s January 24-29, 2012 Kissimmee Florida event, possesses a host of rare options and a provenance worthy of the velvet rope treatment at any of the worlda€™s finest auto museums or vintage races.A  Gulf Oil sponsored and driven to an SCCA B-Production national championship by the likes of Dr. Though hard to believe todaya€”with manufacturers spending millions of dollars on motorsports and publicizing their efforts through some of the worlda€™s finest marketing firmsa€”there was a time when the mere mention of auto racing within the walls of an American auto company would spark outbreaks of upper-management indigestion.This trend surfaced immediately after World War II as racing began to claim lives at an alarming rate, and reached its zenith on June 11th, 1955, when a Mercedes 300 SLR piloted by Pierre Levegh struck another race car and flew into a crowd of spectators at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. One of two 1961 Corvettes special ordered by Don Yenko Chevrolet for delivery to Grady Davisa€”of Gulf Oil Research and Development famea€”Number 11 sports a veritable checklist of Duntova€™s available speed equipment. After the 1961 Championship, Gulf Oil displayed Number 11 in the lobby of their corporate headquarters under a banner reading a€?Production Sports Car of the Year, 1961.a€?A  Rediscovered in 1990 by Richard Prince, the Corvettea€™s subsequent meticulous restoration earned an NCRS American Heritage Award and inclusion in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection, the Corvette Hall of Fame, and the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame. A high water mark for a company that wasna€™t officially racing, Number 11 stands in the same livery and state of tune as she did on the dawn of the 1961 season and offers its next owner almost certain entry into the world’s most prestigious automotive events. Great history of Corvette racing intertwined with the profile of this special Gulf Oil race car. I like your enthusiasm but caution that the goal of an auction company is get highest price for the seller.
Absolutely agree that you should read auction (or any sales verbiage) with caution in mind, but this was written by Mr. I saw this car race at Sebring, glad to see it still exist’s, and has been preserved!!
The young and handsome Zora Arkus-Duntov debuted 90130 at Indianapolis in 1946, but failed to qualify. Duntov tried his hand once more at Indianapolis in 1947, after which 90130 returned to Europe, where in 1949 Harry Schell enjoyed a long season of racing (with 2 x first places), and then the shutters went up for the duration of the war. When, in 1978, I was racing my Talbot Lago 26c 110007, followed by 26c 110054 in 1979, I tracked down Mr.
Anyway, Zora made a special point of linking up with me at an early Laguna Seca race meeting, and attached is a photo confirming this happy occasion. The years his following his 18th birthday saw him incorporate his one-man race team, become a nationally-ranked 125cc shifterkart driver, attend Bridgestone Racing Schoola€™s Racer Mechanic program, earn his professional racing license, and conclude over eight years at Newman Haas Racing with a championship ring. A native of Northbrook, Illinois, Lenahan earned Bachelora€™s degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature from Lake Forest College in 2000. Horse Racing Betting, Greyhound Racing and Football Betting Systems, Methods, Information, Articles, Tools and Tips.
He rarely won a race, pushed himself to the point of self-destruction and realised he simply was not good enough to continue his career within the peloton.
Here are ten cycling classics that'll keep you motivated and give you a deeper appreciation of the sport through the eyes of some of cycling's greatest champions.
So how then, does an author manage to sum up all of who he was and what he accomplished into one book?
Moore's writing draws you in such a way that you don't even care who wins—you just want to hear the story of these two great champions from this bygone era of cycling's more heroic years. If you're looking for one on the greatest race of them all, look no further than The Tour de France 100. Tyler Hamilton has nothing to lose because he's already lost it all, and that makes for a fascinating scoop inside what exactly it is that has gone on behind the scenes in cycling during the past 20 years.


The story of Jacques Anquetil, who is perhaps cycling's most stylish champion, is riveting, both for its content and for the writing itself. What unfolds is a hilarious romp across France, with some stories so ridiculous you won't believe it to be true, and others that leave you praying that they aren't.
Among the topics that Jean recounts with candor are his devotion to his brother, the landscape of the professional peloton in the 1950's and what it was really like riding on the cobbled streets of Paris Roubaix and the eerie roads up the Mont Ventoux. Professional cyclist Michael Barry, through his wry observations, tells his inspiring account of just what it takes to ride day after day in the peloton.
In Fotheringham's biography, he begins with Coppi as a boy, growing up under dire circumstances, riding a rusty bike and taking the long route on his butcher boy deliveries. ACTIVE also makes it easy to learn and prepare for all the things you love to do with expert resources, training plans and fitness calculators. We uses Search API to find the overview of books over the internet, but we don't host any files.
Dick a€?The Flying Dentista€? Thompson and Don Yenko, it stands as one the most successful and important production-based Corvette race cars ever constructed.A  All the more impressive considering it was never supposed to exist. A Since the words a€?speed equipmenta€™ werena€™t exactly politically correct in a€™61, however, the high performance parts are identified by their harmless sounding RPO or a€?Regular Production Optiona€? numbers.
Dick Thompson may have cleaned teeth and filled cavities to pay his bills, but he also held a well-earned reputation as one of the fiercest Corvette drivers in the country.A  Years earlier he had even authored a book about racing Corvettes which, incidentally, showed how a Corvette buyer could check certain RPOs on the order form and wind up with an unofficial factory race car.
A But while unhappy executives would close the factorya€™s back door for good by the end of ’63, the record of these men and the cars they built could not be undone. Lenahan made no mention of the 1956 and 1957 Corvette Sebring efforts by John Fitch and “The Gang”! Duntov in order to pick his brains on his Talbot Lago racing experience and resultant Ardun head design going all the way back to 1946. Well, he can't, but for those of you who have no memory of who Eddy Merckx was, this a good place to start.
The photography is stunning and leaves no stone unturned, presenting each year of the Tour in an unbiased voice. Howard digs deep into the life of Anquetil, getting under his skin in a way that few biographies manage. Either way you've got to read this book if you're in need of a laugh about the sometimes all too serious sport of cycling.
Though Coppi eventually became Italy's greatest champion, his exploits off the bike were not always as heroic, as his personal life was often marred with the frailty that was overshadowed by Coppi's determination and will on the bike. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. Absorb the story through a lens that makes you feel like you were right there roadside for every stage of the race's storied history.
Couple this with Howard's ability to paint a picture with his words and you've got a cycling book that is a must read for anyone who's ever ridden a bike.
Torture!!Get to the facts about this car, put the rest in notes or appendages and let the research work out. As I see it, he wrote a succinct history about the nuts-and-bolts that went into this car and not the tell-all book on Corvettes. Conner provides a look at the Tour de France that isn't glamorous and is often the kind of story that goes untold.



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