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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist who is editor of Procycling magazine. He was previously deputy editor of Cycle Sport, and has been a regular contributor to Cycling Weekly, Rouleur and The Cycling Anthology. He has also written for the New York Times and Loaded. Edward was shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards for his last book, The Race Against Time, about the rivalry between Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree, and he was also the co-author of Robbie McEwen's autobiography, One Way Road. Edward is a keen fair-weather cyclist, whose mid-life crisis is manifesting itself in an ongoing project to run a sub-three hour marathon. He also loves to indulge his other passion, taiko drumming.
The Yellow Jersey Club contains just twenty-six living members. To become one of this exclusive number requires complete dedication, brutal self-sacrifice and the most extraordinary physical attributes. Yet along with the ability to climb mountains, bomb along time trials and survive all the perils of the road, what really makes a Tour de France champion? Edward Pickering set out on a mission to ask them, and gained some astonishing insights into the minds of cycling's best ever riders of the past forty years, from giants like Greg LeMond and Stephen Roche to more unfamiliar names like Bernard Thevenet and Joop Zootemelk.
'It wasn't a race but a war game' Bernard Hinault 'Without question, the hardest one-day bike race ever created' George Hincapie The Tour of Flanders - known to cycling fans as the Ronde - is the biggest one-day bike race in the world. It is a potent mix of grit, cobbles, steep climbs, narrow roads, national pride, beer, brutal weather and the maddest, most passionate fans in the sport. It's the Tour de France boiled down into a single day of non-stop action - the Belgian equivalent of the Grand National, Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. And there's yet more to it than that. Edward Pickering tells the story of the Tour of Flanders, its history, culture and meaning, through the prism of the 2011 Ronde, an incredible edition that was one of the most exciting bike races of the past half-century. He weaves the narrative of that day into a broader study of the race, with eyewitness accounts from the key locations of the Ronde and dozens of interviews with the riders. The Ronde is a textured portrait of a race, but it also explores the deep links between bike races and the landscape and culture in which they take place, and explains how cycling works, with the most detailed analysis of a single event ever seen.
Regular cycling is the perfect sport to reduce stress, improve fitness and lose weight. This book traces the history of the bicycle, from its development in the early 19th century to the present day. It will guide you through general riding skills, the best clothing and equipment, navigating urban cycling and how to help your children towards independence by becoming involved in cycling.
This title deals with mountain bikes, free riding and sportive races. This is the ultimate visual guide to moving up a gear: the challenges of off-road and on-road cycling in over 230 step-by-step photographs. This is an informative guide to training and taking part in sportive rides and mountain bike events, offering expert advice for cyclists who want the challenge of speed and competition. Full of practical information on the preparation needed to build up to basic fitness, it provides professional tips on choosing a bike, equipment and the training programmes that ensure success. This is a guide to the thrills and spills of trail riding, racing and multi-day events, and to the world's most inspirational sportive and mountain bike venues, their routes and the pitfalls. More than 230 photographs inform and inspire. The great sportives of the world such as Cape Argus, Gran Fondo Gimondi and Milan - San Remo are outlined in detail - the difficulties of the rides and the tactics that will help you win. Sportive events are the equivalent of marathon running, in which cyclists are involved in a personal fight to ride long distances. Mountain biking can be fast and furious, although always fun. There are many variations, from trail riding and four-cross to slalom and dirt-jump riding. More than 230 evocative photographs illustrate the bikes and equipment, the skills, the great races and training techniques. This volume is the essential guide for any cyclist who wants take their performance to the next level on a sportive or mountain bike.
This is a definitive guide to the high-speed, high-adrenaline sport of cycle racing: essential reading for beginners and experienced racers. This title is packed with practical advice on bike selection, refuelling and different types of racing. It includes tailored training programmes and step-by-step features on key skills and in-it-to-win-it racing strategies. It also includes a guide to the world's top road, off-road and track races, with profiles of champions and the lowdown on famous competitions. It contains over 200 photos that evoke the thrills of the race as well as offering helpful guidance on riding positions and key manoeuvres. Among the most challenging sports in the world, competitive cycling is a high-speed, high-adrenaline experience and this book is the essential handbook for novices and more accomplished racers alike. Complete with detailed sections on road, off-road and track racing, this book will guide you through every different type of racing, from the intensity of time-trialling to the unique challenges of cyclo-cross and triathalon. Advice on bike selection for each style of racing is included, with step-by-step instructions to teach you essential skills and strategies to get ahead of the pack. All the great races are covered, with information on the different stages of each and profiles of champions. To help you on your way to racing success, tailored training programmes and specialized drills are provided so you can reach top-level fitness.
Everything you need to know about cycling for fitness and leisure, and training for sport and competition. The perfect introduction to a hugely popular and stimulating activity, packed with training tips and advice on safety, essential equipment, maintenance and motivation