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Re: Cycling Books
« Reply #150 on: March 13, 2014, 17:45 »
Started reading it, about 1/4 of the way in I got bored. Have now stopped reading it.

Highly unlikely I will ever finish it.
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    Of course, if this turns out someday to be the industry standard integrated handlebar-computer-braking solution then I'll eat my kevlar-reinforced aerodynamic hat.

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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #152 on: March 18, 2014, 21:23 »
    Just read racing through the dark, David Millars book.

    Well enough written, and not bad, probably 6/10, but it seems to end really abrubtly. I felt like i was missing a chapter or something.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #153 on: March 18, 2014, 21:24 »
    Now polishing off Fignons "We were young and carefree".

    Gawd hes a grumpy bastard.
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #154 on: March 27, 2014, 11:38 »
    A bookseller told me recently that cycling books now outsell works about any other sport.

    http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/mar/27/cycling-art-yorkshire-festival-tour-de-france

    Wow, just wow...
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #155 on: April 16, 2014, 11:17 »
    Faster by Michael Hutchison



    I nearly didn’t buy this book as I thought that I would be lost in a sea of technology and training plans, but for only GBP4.74 I decided to take a risk.

    What joy…

    If you want to understand the basics of elite sports with respect to:
    -   Nature vs nurture
    -   Nutrition
    -   Aerodynamics
    -   Psychology

    Then this is the book for you – especially if you don’t want to get lost in academic journals.

    Unintentionally, the book gives great insight into the key characters and theory behind British Cycling and Team Sky. It also paints a pretty convincing picture why other teams will catch up pretty soon (if they haven’t already).

    I would also recommend the book for the VO2max acolyte’s who seemingly think the key to decoding whether Sky dope or not is to be found here. It is not. The book also briefly mentions the possibility of magic “ketone” drinks which has been speculated in the forum as one of the key secrets of Team Sky.

    Personally, I was staggered how simple the nutrition aspect of cycling is. But, it seems that a lot of people just don’t have the discipline to follow the rules. Every time, I see someone drinking a Coke or Fanta at the end of the race, I will be shouting “Don’t do it”. 

    In you really want to understand what it takes to be an elite cyclist and why endless tinkering and looking for marginal gains is probably the norm then buy the book and read…
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #156 on: April 24, 2014, 11:19 »
    I suspect this tweet from Kimmage is related to Barry's upcoming book:

    https://twitter.com/PaulKimmage/statuses/459072171181342720

    ie Barry has the opportunity to dish the dirt on Team Sky but didn't deliver  :s
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    Re: Cycling Books
    « Reply #158 on: May 21, 2014, 07:49 »
    Now polishing off Fignons "We were young and carefree".

    Gawd hes a grumpy bastard.
    Yes, but still Le Grande Fignon
    http://alfalib.com/site/download/id/173575

    For the interested ones.

    This book I will definitely buy.
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #159 on: June 24, 2014, 14:09 »


    I think at Amazon now, kindle should be at least.

    if you want to read another Lance book of course
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #160 on: July 03, 2014, 16:16 »


    I think at Amazon now, kindle should be at least.

    if you want to read another Lance book of course
    A couple of very interesting points re whats in the book

    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jul/02/emma-o-reilly-lance-armstrong-cyclist-doping
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #161 on: July 28, 2014, 20:14 »
    I've yet to read Emma's book, but I am good friends with Simon Lillistone (Emma's ex) and he's had some 'very savoury' moments with her over some of the 'tales' in the book... I'm hooking up with Si for Ride London 100 soon so will get the scoop!!!  :lol
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #163 on: August 23, 2014, 18:35 »
    That is a heck of a write up and at Amazon and
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19796189-the-breakaway
    there are only top ratings for the book.   I particularly like the write ups at Goodreads.   I have bought the kindle version and had a quick look at a few pages.  I think this is going to need its own thread, particularly as there appears to be no gloss being put British Cycling's way. I read a bit and Sutton does not shine.
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #164 on: August 23, 2014, 23:32 »
    Which one should I get next? O' Grady's, Emma O' Reilly's or Cycle of Lies?
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #165 on: November 18, 2014, 01:07 »
    Everyone interested in bespoke bicycles - actually, everyone interested in bicycles, period - should read Robert Penn's It's All About the Bike. The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels.
    A lovely account of a man's quest to have the 'perfect' bike, and with a lot of the bicycle's history intervowen with that story.
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #166 on: June 28, 2015, 01:34 »
    Everyone interested in bespoke bicycles - actually, everyone interested in bicycles, period - should read Robert Penn's It's All About the Bike. The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels.
    A lovely account of a man's quest to have the 'perfect' bike, and with a lot of the bicycle's history intervowen with that story.

    Ive got a copy, just not read it yet
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #167 on: September 25, 2015, 21:07 »
    I was given 'The Rider' by Tim Krabbe recently and devoured it. Easily the best novel about bike racing I have ever read, even in translation. Magical.
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #168 on: September 26, 2015, 06:38 »
    I was given 'The Rider' by Tim Krabbe recently and devoured it. Easily the best novel about bike racing I have ever read, even in translation. Magical.

    it is on my list but I keep forgetting to buy it, will remember now I hope
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #169 on: November 25, 2016, 17:09 »
    Major Taylor in Australia by Jim Fitzpatrick

    Evidently about Major Taylor's exploits in two separate Australian tours during the advent of the white Australia policy. It's a page turner, and of course, well complimentary of the Major. He earned bucket loads in that period, £6000 pounds on one of his tours. He also didn't like losing any race to keep others "happy" and rarely shared his prize money. Dare I say, an attitude not too dissimilar to what is seen in Sky cycling these days.

    Very decent account of the Taylor's two tours of Australia, his famed rivalry with Floyd McFarland. Paid sh*t loads of money in the short spell when cycling was the richest sport in the world. Also a  bit about Hugh huge deal Macintosh. Taylor, one of the richest sportsmen of the time, and Hugh Macintosh, one of the most influential organisers if the time, both died penniless. But if a page turner.


    Major Taylor at the SCG in 1903.


    At the SCG

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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #170 on: September 01, 2017, 18:29 »
    http://cyclestats.net/

    An archive more than a book to read, but with all the Australian champions across all disciplines over 130 years, it's an interesting prospect. However, at A$35+19 for international shipping, it's a bit steep.
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    Re: Cycling Books - General Discussion
    « Reply #171 on: October 11, 2017, 01:04 »
    Phil Gaimon's latest is out. Draft Animals: Living the Pro Cycling Dream (Once in a While) Amazon has some excerpts posted. Hilarious! Way too much like fun! I'll have to find a copy to read.

    BTW - Gaimon makes the pro peloton as encouraging of diet disorders as the fashion world. Depressing!

    I have to read more, but what I read also makes Vaughters sound like a jerk. Why am I so surprised?
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