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Best Cycling Books

Explore the world on two wheels with the top cycling books, featuring personal journeys, technical advice, and cultural insights into the cycling life. Ranked by mentions across leading publications.

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Best Cycling Books
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The Secret Race
Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France
Tyler Hamilton - 2012-09-05
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"The Secret Race" is a groundbreaking book that exposes the doping culture in professional cycling, with a focus on Lance Armstrong. Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton gives readers a glimpse into the world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes willing to do whatever it takes to win. The book details Hamilton's battle with depression, his complicated relationship with Armstrong, and how he gained an edge over his competitors. With a new Afterword reflecting on the developments within the sport over the past year, "The Secret Race" is a must-read for anyone interested in the world of cycling.
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Racing Through the Dark
Crash. Burn. Coming Clean. Coming Back.
David Millar - 2011-06-16
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A world-class cyclist shares his captivating memoir of professional racing, including his controversial use of performance-enhancing drugs, his arrest and two-year ban, and his decision to return to the sport clean. Experience the thrill of racing through his vivid descriptions of the world's most spectacular courses and discover how he became a clean cyclist and advocate for drug-free competition.
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The Rider
Tim Krabbé - 2003-06-12 (first published in 1978)
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This literary sports classic is a passionate tribute to the art of bicycle road racing. Follow amateur biker Tim Krabbé's mind as he competes in a 150-kilometer race. The Rider is a vivid literary masterpiece that provides a thrillingly realistic look at what it's like to compete in a road race. This book is perfect for bike lovers and arm-chair sports enthusiasts alike.
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Where There's A Will
Discovering Endurance in a Race Across Europe
Emily Chappell - 2019-11-07
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Follow Emily Chappell's journey as a London cycle courier turned cross-continental bike racer in "Where There's A Will." Read about her win in the women's event of The Transcontinental race, covering nearly 4,000 miles in just 13 days and ten hours. Experience the paradoxes of comradeship, competition, vulnerability, and willpower as she pushes her endurance limits. This beautifully written and human story also explores the shock of grief, including her collaboration with the founder of the race who tragically passed away.
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This Road I Ride
Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself
Juliana Buhring - 2016-05-24
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A woman sets out to become the first female to bike around the world, with no previous cycling experience or corporate support. Over four continents and 18,060 miles, she faces breakdowns, illness, and danger, but ultimately becomes the fastest woman to cycle the world. This inspiring memoir shows that anyone can do extraordinary things.
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The Cyclist's Training Bible
The World's Most Comprehensive Training Guide
Joe Friel - 2003-02-01 (first published in 1996)
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Master the art of cycling with The Cyclist's Training Bible. This informative book covers everything from periodization, nutrition, stretching, and peaking, making it the most authoritative book on cycling to date. Written by lauded coach and masters athlete Joe Friel, he adopts the principles of Dr. Tudor Bompa, whose periodization training methods were used first by the dominant Eastern European athletes of the 1960s before becoming popular in the United States. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced cyclist, this book is a must-read for all.
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Full Tilt
Ireland to India with a Bicycle
Dervla Murphy - 1987-04-03 (first published in 1965)
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A thrilling travelogue of an intrepid woman's journey across frozen Europe, Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India during one of the harshest winters ever. Based on the author's diary, this book is a gripping account of her unforgettable adventure.
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Slaying the Badger
Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France
Richard Moore - 2011-07-26
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A gripping account of one of cycling's most legendary rivalries, "Slaying the Badger" tells the story of the 1986 Tour de France, where Bernard Hinault, a French legend, and American newcomer Greg LeMond rode for the same team, but competed fiercely against each other for victory. With interviews from the riders, their teammates, and others, this book reveals the alliances, broken promises, and stunning climax that led to LeMond becoming the first American to win the Tour de France.
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The Climb
The Autobiography
Chris Froome - 2014-07-29
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"The Climb" is the inspiring memoir of a British cyclist who overcame incredible hardships to become the winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. From riding through dangerous townships in Kenya as a young boy to conquering debilitating illness, author Chris Froome's determination and triumphs will leave you feeling uplifted and motivated. This book is a story of hardship, unimaginable success, and a reminder that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.
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Rough Ride
Behind the Wheel With a Pro Cyclist (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics)
Paul Kimmage - 2007-01-01 (first published in 1990)
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"Rough Ride" is a revealing and emotional account of the ups and downs of professional cycling career. Paul Kimmage's dreams of becoming a champion are shattered as he discovers the dark reality of drug use, exhaustion, and defeat. This groundbreaking and honest book sheds light on the issue of drugs in sport and one man's complex relationship with cycling. A must-read for any cyclist, it won the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.
Gironimo! by Tim Moore
The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold by Tim Moore
It's All About the Bike by Robert Penn
Domestique by Charly Wegelius
Pro Cycling on $10 a Day by Phil Gaimon
Faster by Michael Hutchinson
Put Me Back on My Bike by William Fotheringham
The Hour by Michael Hutchinson
The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell
French Revolutions by Tim Moore
Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance by Lennard Zinn
Moods of Future Joys by Alastair Humphreys
Epic Bike Rides of the World 1 by Lonely Planet
Around the World in 80 Days by Mark Beaumont
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs by Simon Warren
Back in the Frame by Jools Walker
The Race Against the Stasi by Herbie Sykes
Half Man, Half Bike by William Fotheringham
Wide-Eyed and Legless by Jeff Connor
Wheelmen by Reed Albergotti
The Comeback by Daniel de Vise
Magic Spanner by Carlton Kirby, Robbie Broughton
One-Way Ticket by Jonathan Vaughters
The Rules by The Velominati
Flying Scotsman by Graeme Obree
Shut Up, Legs! by Jens Voigt
Mountains by Michael Barry, Michael Blann, David Millar
Colombia Es Pasion! by Matt Rendell
The Art of Cycling by James Hibbard
The Yellow Jersey by Peter Cossins
Ride the Revolution by Suze Clemitson
Nala's World by Dean Nicholson
Fast After 50 by Joe Friel
How Cycling Can Save the World by Peter Walker
50 Shades of the USA by Anna McNuff
Thunder and Sunshine by Alastair Humphreys
Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh
Training and Racing with a Power Meter by Hunter Allen
Beryl by Jeremy Wilson
The Power Meter Handbook by Joe Friel
We Were Young and Carefree by Laurent Fignon, William Fotheringham
Cyclist Ride by Cyclist Magazine
What Goes Around by Emily Chappell
Tomorrow, We Ride by Jean Bobet
Cycling Chef by Alan Murchison
Roads Were Not Built for Cars by Carlton Reid
Ask a Pro by Phil Gaimon
Cycling Home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall
The Dancing Chain by Frank Berto
The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners by Tori Bortman, Editors of Bicycling Magazine
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of the Tour de France by Simon Warren
A Sunday in Hell by William Fotheringham
Lost Lanes North by Jack Thurston
Bikes and Bloomers by Kat Jungnickel
God is Dead by Andy McGrath
Janapar by Tom R Allen
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of Italy by Simon Warren
The Man Who Cycled the World by Mark Beaumont
Ronde by Edward Pickering
Cycling Anatomy by Shannon Sovndal
Bike Boom by Carlton Reid
Ventoux by Jeremy Whittle
Richard Mitchelson's Grand Tour by Richard Mitchelson
The Athlete's Guide to Recovery by Sage Rountree
Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald Cissn
The Escape Artist by Matt Seaton
Land of Second Chances by Tim Lewis
My World by Peter Sagan
Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape by Paul Howard
Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling by William Fotheringham
Descent by Thomas Dekker
Lanterne Rouge by Max Leonard
Biography of the Bike by Chris Boardman
The Cycling Jersey by Oliver Knight