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Best Cycling Books

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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 - 2013-05-07 (first published in 2012)
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“The holy grail for disillusioned cycling fans . . . The book’s power is in the collective details, all strung together in a story that is told with such clear-eyed conviction that you never doubt its veracity. . . . The Secret Race isn’t just a game changer for the Lance Armstrong myth. It’s the game ender.”—Outside  NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WI...
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The Rider
Tim Krabbé - 2003-06-12 (first published in 1978)
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A literary sports classic, finally available in the U.S. Originally published in the Netherlands in 1978, The Rider became an instant cult classic, selling over 100,000 copies. Brilliantly conceived and written at a breakneck pace, it is a loving, imaginative, and, above all, passionate tribute to the art of bicycle road racing. Not a dry history o...
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The Cyclist's Training Bible
The World's Most Comprehensive Training Guide
Joe Friel - 2018-04-11 (first published in 1996)
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"Periodization," nutrition, stretching, peaking--who knew that so much went into riding a bike? Joe Friel's The Cyclist's Training Bible is jam-packed with information, easily the most authoritative book on cycling to date. Friel, a lauded coach and masters athlete from Colorado, adopts the principles of Dr. Tudor Bompa, whose periodization trainin...
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Racing Through the Dark
Crash. Burn. Coming Clean. Coming Back.
2012-06-26 (first published in 2011)
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WORLD-CLASS CYCLIST , Tour de France stage winner, and time trial specialist David Millar offers a vivid portrait of his life in professional cycling—including his soul-searing detour into performance-enhancing drugs, his dramatic arrest and two-year ban, and his ultimate decision to return to the sport he loves to race clean—in this arrestingly ca...
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Slaying the Badger
Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France
Richard Moore - 2012-05-01 (first published in 2011)
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Bernard Hinault is "Le Blaireau," the Badger. Tough as old boots, he is the old warrior of the French peloton, as revered as he is feared for his ferocious attacks. He has won 5 Tours de France, marking his name into the history books as a member of cycling's most exclusive club. Yet as the 1986 Tour de France ascends into the mountains, a boyish a...
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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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Emily Chappell's story of transformation into a cross-continental bike racer, pushing the limits of her enduranceA London cycle courier with a taste for adventure, Emily Chappell entered an extraordinary new race - The Transcontinental - in which riders must find their own way, entirely unassisted, across Europe in the shortest time possible. On he...
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Tim Moore - 2015-05-15 (first published in 2014)
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The 1914 Giro d’Italia: The hardest bike race in history. Eighty-one riders started and only eight finished after enduring cataclysmic storms, roads strewn with nails, and even the loss of an eye by one competitor. And now Tim Moore is going to ride it. And he’s committed to total authenticity. . .Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled around the rout...
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Full Tilt
Ireland to India with a Bicycle
Dervla Murphy - 2010-12-31 (first published in 1965)
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Based on her daily diary, this is Dervla Murphy’s account of her ride, in 1963, across frozen Europe and through Persia and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India, during one of the worst winters in memory. She has written other travel books, including In Ethiopia with a Mule....
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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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Juliana Buhring had been mired in a dark hole of depression after the death of a man she loved, and when an acquaintance suggested they honor his memory by biking across Canada, she thought, “Canada? Why not the world?” And why not alone.She had never seriously ridden a bicycle before. She had no athletic experience or corporate sponsorship, but wi...
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It's All About the Bike
The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
Robert Penn - 2012-04-24 (first published in 2010)
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Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. He rides to get to work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, and to stay sane. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops and build his dream machine.It's All About the Bike follows Penn's journey, but thi...
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The Climb
Chris Froome - 2015-11-01
Pro Cycling on $10 a Day by Phil Gaimon
Put Me Back on My Bike by William Fotheringham
The Hour by Michael Hutchinson
The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold by Tim Moore
Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance by Lennard Zinn
Faster by Michael Hutchinson
Back in the Frame by Jools Walker
Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage
Domestique by Charly Wegelius
The Race Against the Stasi by Herbie Sykes
The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell
French Revolutions by Tim Moore
The Comeback by Daniel de Vise
Around the World in 80 Days by Mark Beaumont
The Rules by The Velominati
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs by Simon Warren
Colombia Es Pasion! by Matt Rendell
The Yellow Jersey by Peter Cossins
Moods of Future Joys by Alastair Humphreys
Epic Bike Rides of the World 1 by Lonely Planet
Half Man, Half Bike by William Fotheringham
Ride the Revolution by Suze Clemitson
Wide-Eyed and Legless by Jeff Connor
How Cycling Can Save the World by Peter Walker
Training and Racing with a Power Meter by Hunter Allen
The Power Meter Handbook by Joe Friel
Flying Scotsman by Graeme Obree
Tomorrow, We Ride by Jean Bobet
One-Way Ticket by Jonathan Vaughters
Roads Were Not Built for Cars by Carlton Reid
The Dancing Chain by Frank Berto
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of the Tour de France by Simon Warren
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of Italy by Simon Warren
Bikes and Bloomers by Kat Jungnickel
Shut Up, Legs! by Jens Voigt
Lost Lanes North by Jack Thurston
Bike Boom by Carlton Reid
Ronde by
Richard Mitchelson's Grand Tour by Richard Mitchelson
Wheelmen by Reed Albergotti
Fast After 50 by Joe Friel
Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh
Cycling Anatomy by Shannon Sovndal
What Goes Around by Emily Chappell
Cycling Chef by Alan Murchison
Cycling Home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall
The Art of Cycling by James Hibbard
A Sunday in Hell by William Fotheringham
The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners by Tori Bortman, Editors of Bicycling Magazine
Janapar by Tom R Allen
The Man Who Cycled the World by Mark Beaumont
The Athlete's Guide to Recovery by Sage Rountree
Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald Cissn
My World by Peter Sagan
Land of Second Chances by Tim Lewis
The Escape Artist by Matt Seaton
Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape by Paul Howard