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« on: March 08, 2012, 13:37 »
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From winter training camp on the cobbled lanes of medieval Girona, Spain, to hard-earned stage victories in July’s Tour de France, to flesh-shredding crashes at the Tour of Spain in September, Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life delivers an unprecedented look at America’s most celebrated cycling team. Embedded with Garmin-Cervélo for its entire 2011 season, writer-photographer Mark Johnson brilliantly chronicles the team’s most intimate personal dramas and its public celebrations.

More than a book about racing, Argyle Armada is a portrait of life as a member of a pro cycling team during a time of painful transition for the sport. Johnson unveils the dramatic forces that Garmin-Cervélo must navigate as team founder Jonathan Vaughters tries to push forward his vision of a reformed sport. Along the way, countless difficult decisions must be made to keep the team competitive in the chase for ProTour points, money, respect, and fame.

With all-access insight and spectacular color images, Argyle Armada offers an unprecedented look inside a team battling for the future of professional cycling.

Just came out might have to look into this one
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012, 16:02 »
    I just started reading Ned Boulting's book How I won the Yellow Jumper, which is about his experiences covering the Tour de France from 2003 to 2011. Really enjoying it so far, although it's probably only worth reading if you are British, because most of the fun comes from learning more about all the crazy personalities behind the ITV crews that cover the Tour ever year.

    The bits about Phil Ligget are hilarious.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #3 on: March 30, 2012, 11:01 »


    Just came out might have to look into this one

    Is this in wide distribution?

    I have finished the Ned Boulting one, very funny.
    Got the LeMond/Hainault one next.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #4 on: March 30, 2012, 11:02 »
    Is this in wide distribution?

    I have finished the Ned Boulting one, very funny.
    Got the LeMond/Hainault one next.

    amazon uk has it
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012, 10:40 »
    Tim Krabbe - The Rider



    I think this is my favorite cycling book. It is also the only fiction cycling book i have read.

    A story written from the point of view of an amateur rider taking part in a top level french amateur race.

    For anyone that does not ride and has not raced it is a beautifully written book, with descriptions so well written you can see yourself in the race, see the other riders, feel his pain, his fatigue and see the roads.

    for someone who rides or has raced i think it is a masterpiece capturing the emotions of cycling, that feeling when you feel you have nothing else to give. it has great quotes including a description of cycle racing as 'licking your opponents plate clean before starting on your own'. that one line is the best description of the tactics of racing i have ever seen.

    love it and recommend it to anyone.

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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #6 on: March 31, 2012, 10:44 »
    Sky's the limit - Richard Moore



    The story of team skys first year and the build up to the team. Richard Moore was given access to the team. management and riders and gives his insights into the first disappointing tour and their troubles with other teams in that first year.

    it is advertised as unfettered access and an untarnished story but as a fan of the team that had followed them closely and as someone who had previously read Brad Wiggin's book 'On Tour' found there was very little there that i did not already know.

    well enough written, interesting enough especially to none fans i think, but in general slightly disappointing.

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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #7 on: March 31, 2012, 10:52 »
    Slaying the badger - Richard Moore



    Another favorite of mine. A book written about the 1986 tour de france, in particular the contest between the La Vie Claire team mates and rivals Greg Lemond and Bernard Hinault.

    while the focus of the book is the controversial 1986 tour it gives plenty of back ground to the race, the riders and the team. Well written, interesting interviews and for me a great introduction to Hinault.

    I think for the genuine fan of cycling history it may be interesting but again possible not much there that would be new. For someone like me with limited knowledge of cycling history and had not background to this particular and Hinault it was great.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #8 on: March 31, 2012, 10:56 »
    On Tour - Brad Wiggins



    won this from some Sky comp. nice signed edition.

    A day by day guide to Brads ride at the 2010 Tour de france. The one where he was going to feature following his emergence at the 2009 race. As a sky fan and interesting read and think Brad has been pretty open about what was going on and how he was feeling. May be one for sky or Brad fans (which from reading CN there are not many)

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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #9 on: March 31, 2012, 11:01 »
    Le Metier - Michael Barry, Camille McMillan



    think a few people will have read Michael Barry's articles and blogs on professional racing. This is like a collection of those works combined with some great photography by McMillan. Maybe slightly more of a coffee table book than the others. Was the first cycling book i bought and i love it.

    Describes a year in the life of a professional cyclist. While Michael and his races are the main focus he does well to try and describe the generic life of a cyclist. split into seasons it goes through winter training, the spring classics, the tour and finally the end of season and worlds. Just a really nice relaxing book that you can pick up open and read any part of as it is more a series of articles than necessarily a continual story. and the photos are beautiful.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #10 on: March 31, 2012, 11:06 »
    Inside the postal bus - Michael Barry



    Bought this as i enjoyed Le Metier so much. This was Michael's first book and it really disappointed. i think this was in part down to the fact it was his first book and his writing has improved with time. but in the main the disappointment comes from the team and the riders involved and all of the things that it does not say. I do not think anyone is in any doubt about any of these riders now and their history and it just feels wrong reading a book glorifying their achievements. focuses on the team in 2002-2004, not much more to say. this book is for those with blinkers only.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #11 on: March 31, 2012, 11:15 »
    Racing through the dark - David Millar



    this is a book that has had mixed responses. The book in total is the story of David's career and i found it very interesting as an autobiography in itself. David has had an interesting life and has some good stories to tell. Obviously the main focus of the book (and even through the early years you feel like he is framing the main events) is the doping. For some Millar did not go far enough in not naming others that doped and others that were involved but he does go into details of how he started doping, how the race and other riders accepted and encouraged it, the process of doping itself, the impacts and the feeling of being caught. For those that do not know a lot about doping in cycling it is an eye opener. I enjoyed it as a book and it was very informative, but as a cycling fan it was also very depressing. The way the book is written you do get drawn in and you do become emotionally involved.

    May not be one for those that know doping and the history and the bigger cynics that may become frustrated with the lack of names and the attempts to justify basically what is cheating. for everyone else would recommend it
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #12 on: March 31, 2012, 11:28 »
    Nicholas Roche - inside the peloton



    despite his claims otherwise the main focus of this book is a series of blogs / columns that Nico wrote for an irish newspaper detailing his participation in the tour and vuelta. It is an OK read and gives some background, and like the Brad book the race reviews are fairly truthful, especially as they were written at the time of the race rather than looking back. overall a little bland though. most interesting part is the words his father had to say at the end.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #13 on: March 31, 2012, 11:31 »
    One way road - Robbie Mcewen



    another rider biography. Unlike the earlier ones this covers his entire career rather than focusing on one race. I enjoyed it. Robbie is a cheeky guy and has some interesting stories. As you would expect with any sprinter there is a fair sprinkling of arrogance spread through out the book but in general a fun book, a fun look at some races, a look at the art of sprinting and the ways by which one guy managed to win a lot of races. Robbi prides himself on his memory for every sprint he has done and i think it shows in the way he disects races throughout his career.

    did have a nice signed copy of this one too but Robbie had signed on cover and signature rubbed off when reading / carrying about
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #14 on: April 12, 2012, 11:40 »
    One way road - Robbue Mcewen

    another rider biography. Unlike the earlier ones this covers his entire career rather than focusing on one race. I enjoyed it. Robbie is a cheeky guy and has some interesting stories. As you would expect with any sprinter there is a fair sprinkling of arrogance spread through out the book but in general a fun book, a fun look at some races, a look at the art of sprinting and the ways by which one guy managed to win a lot of races. Robbi prides himself on his memory for every sprint he has done and i think it shows in the way he disects races throughout his career.

    did have a nice signed copy of this one too but Robbie had signed on cover and signature rubbed off when reading / carrying about

    still waiting for amazon to get me my copy - a few months now
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #15 on: April 12, 2012, 11:43 »
    next lot of books arrived today





    and after Jams and others recommended it

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    « Reply #16 on: April 12, 2012, 11:48 »
    I wonder does Wiggins know he is the inspiration for this book  ::)

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    It is, like a lot of Grayson's work, completely pornographic. A comic strip covering the hero's discovery of sex, transvestitism, sexual murder and cycling.

    the main character is called Bradley.

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    « Reply #17 on: April 12, 2012, 11:55 »
    Ace ;D
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    « Reply #18 on: April 12, 2012, 12:12 »
    Ace ;D

    Grayson Perry mentioned Wiggin's as the 'inspiration' in an interview with the Guardain  ;D
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #19 on: April 12, 2012, 12:20 »
    still waiting for amazon to get me my copy - a few months now

    when i went to buy it found it had sold out in most stores in Oz, online as well. Actually replied to a tweet by Robbie saying i could not get a copy and he sent a DM with an email address to get my hands on a signed copy.
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    « Reply #20 on: April 12, 2012, 12:21 »
    when i went to buy it found it had sold out in most stores in Oz, online as well. Actually replied to a tweet by Robbie saying i could not get a copy and he sent a DM with an email address to get my hands on a signed copy.

    nice does not get better than that
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    « Reply #21 on: April 12, 2012, 12:39 »
    Grayson Perry mentioned Wiggin's as the 'inspiration' in an interview with the Guardain  ;D
    Even better.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #22 on: June 04, 2012, 08:16 »


    Not sure I want to read this without someone else reading it 1st  :P

    If there is not a huge section re the use of EPO in the book I am not buying it. But it is available in English let me know if you read it what it was like
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #23 on: June 04, 2012, 08:22 »


    I am 120ish page through this - great open read.

    Talks about LeMond - calls him a wheelsucker and the fact he cheated in the ITT at the 8 sec tour

    and this quote

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    In my day, doping methods were derisory and the riders´exploits were massive.
    For the last 15 years or so ( 1990 onwards ed me ) it has been the other way rond: there is a huge number of ways in which riders can dope, and any exploits are derisory.

    really enjoying this book so far
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    « Reply #24 on: June 04, 2012, 08:24 »


    really disappointing

    the same theme throughout the book

    left me with a is that it ?
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    I am 120ish page through this - great open read.

    Talks about LeMond - calls him a wheelsucker and the fact he cheated in the ITT at the 8 sec tour

    and this quote

    really enjoying this book so far

    I read it in French and found it rather mild. Perhaps they doped the translation too. ;D

    Fignon was one of the great cycling characters but I'm afraid his writing is pretty awful. Perhaps I took the whole "professor" thing with him too literally. ;)

    What I enjoyed the most though, as I always have with retrospective autobiogs (as opposed to those ghostwritten for still-active riders), is the intimacy with which all the behind-the-scenes routines are described.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #26 on: June 04, 2012, 08:54 »


    really disappointing

    the same theme throughout the book

    left me with a is that it ?
    Really? I thought it was a good book even though I came out of it thinking McEwen is a bit of a prick.

    Rupert Guinness, who is a top cycling author/journalist , will be releasing another book about Cadel's tour victory last year quite soon. I think it will be before this year's tour.
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    « Reply #27 on: June 04, 2012, 08:57 »
    Really? I thought it was a good book even though I came out of it thinking McEwen is a bit of a prick.

    Not enough inside the team stuff too much same I am the fastest etc

    I did like the surfing the peloton bit a lot though

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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #28 on: June 05, 2012, 09:57 »
    Something that is quite amusing is the bagging of Rob Arnold, author of "Close to Flying and editor of Ride magazine on Cycling Central. The guy is a w***er. Read here > http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/road/news/36803/EXCLUSIVE:%20Inside%20Cadel%27s%20historic%20Tour%20victory
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