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. Scientists and laypeople alike now know that our genomes contain information that can help us to interpret our evolutionary past. Climate Activists With Terrorist Charges for Protesting Oil and Gas Company Devon Energy On Political Ethology and Backwardness in Vital Fields of Knowledge. 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.
In April 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published in Nature their groundbreaking work revealing the double helix structure of DNA.
While this discovery received wide attention from both mainstream media and the academic community, it was just one part of the bigger story in this history of molecular biology.
By the mid-1950s, the scientific community confirmed that genes were indeed comprised of DNA; they just needed to crack the genetic code—and the race was on.
Each discovery was a leap forward in our understanding of the natural world and our place within in, akin to the discoveries of Galileo and Einstein in the realm of physics, or the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.
And each served to show how much bigger the problem was that anyone had previously imagined, a trend that continues, as Cobb shows, even today, whether we are discussing gene regulation, epigenetics, or GMOs.Life’s Greatest Secret is a story of ideas and of experimentation, of ingenuity, insight, and dead-ends, in the hunt to make the greatest discovery of twentieth century biology.



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