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Best Cycling Books

Recommendations from 13 articles, Bethanne Patrick, Dan Stemkoski, Noah Kagan.
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The Secret Race
Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France
Tyler Hamilton - May 07, 2013 (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...
The Rider
Tim Krabbé - Jun 12, 2003 (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 ...
Slaying the Badger
Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France
Richard Moore - May 01, 2012 (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...
Pro Cycling on $10 a Day
From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
Phil Gaimon - May 05, 2014
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Phil Gaimon has no business being a professional cyclist. Inexplicably forsaking his former life as a couch potato and gamer, Gaimon begin riding in 2004 with the grand ambition of shedding a few pounds. By sheer accident, he discovered he was a natural, advancing so rapidly through the amateur ranks that he entered the pro peloton utterly ignorant...
Gironimo!
Tim Moore - May 15, 2015 (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...
Full Tilt
Ireland to India with a Bicycle
Dervla Murphy - Dec 31, 2010 (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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It's All About the Bike
The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
Robert Penn - Apr 24, 2012 (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...
French Revolutions
Cycling the Tour de France
Tim Moore - Jun 01, 2003 (first published in 2001)
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Not only is it the world's largest and most watched sporting event, but also the most fearsome physical challenge ever conceived by man, demanding every last ounce of will and strength, every last drop of blood, sweat, and tears. If ever there was an athletic exploit specifically not for the faint of heart and feeble of limb, this is it. So you mig...
The Climb
The Autobiography
Chris Froome - Nov 01, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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The Climb by Chris Froome - the inspirational memoir from the British winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome's journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey vi...
The Comeback
Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France
Daniel de Vise - May 21, 2019
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A true American hero, Greg LeMond's career was punctuated by dramatic fame, devastation, and ultimately redemption. In July 1986, LeMond stunned the sporting world by becoming the first American to win the Tour de France, the world's pre-eminent bicycle race, defeating French cycling legend Bernard Hinault. Nine months later, LeMond lay in a hospit...
Where There's A Will by Emily Chappell
Flying Scotsman by Graeme Obree
Faster by Michael Hutchinson
Colombia Es Pasion! by Matt Rendell
Shut Up, Legs! by Jens Voigt
Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage
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
This Road I Ride by Juliana Buhring
The Race Against the Stasi by Herbie Sykes
The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell
Ride the Revolution by Suze Clemitson
Wide-Eyed and Legless by Jeff Connor