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The Call of the Road The History of Cycle Road Racing

The Call of the Road The History of Cycle Road Racing

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2019

Eddy Merckx. Fausto Coppi. Jacques Anquetil. Bernard Hinault. Beryl Burton. Marianne Vos. Since the first road race in May 1869, revealed here for the very first time, cycle road racing has been dominated by iconic cyclists who redefined endurance and fortitude. The battles facing these cyclists are not fought over just one race, but an annual series beginning with the Spring Classics and culminating in the three great tours - the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a Espana and the Tour de France - before the cyclists retire to lick their wounds and start on another winter of training. How were the great races founded and developed? How have the great riders stamped their authority on them through the ages? Truly international in scope, looking at road racing in North and Latin America, Australia, Africa and Asia, as well as continental Europe, The Call of the Road is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the history, tactics or personalities of cycle road racing.

The Call of the Road The History of Cycle Road Racing

The Call of the Road The History of Cycle Road Racing

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Eddy Merckx. Fausto Coppi. Jacques Anquetil. Bernard Hinault. Beryl Burton. Marianne Vos. A sole cyclist battling over a pass high in the mountains is one of the most romantic of sporting images. In the past 150 years road cycling has been dominated by a series of iconic people who have redefined endurance and fortitude. Every decade has pushed human limits, until limits were extended by inhuman pharmacology. And these battles have not been fought over just one race, but an annual series beginning with the Spring Classics and then culminating in the three great tours - the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a Espana and the Tour de France - before the cyclists retire to lick their wounds and start on another winter of training. The Call of the Road is the definitive story of cycle road racing, from the first race in 1868 to the present day. It is a story that has never been told as the professionals experience it - as a whole energy-sapping year. It looks at the beginning and development of the sport, it explains the tactics and looks at the different physical types that succeed. It explains why some nations have dominated this sport and why, until recently, British riders have underperformed. It also looks at the way the great races were founded and developed, and how the great riders stamped their authority on them through the ages. Sidwells doesn't shy away from controversy: dissecting the vexed and seemingly ever-present question of doping. The final chapter brings the story of road racing completely up to date with insight into jiffy bags and salbutamol levels. Truly international in scope, looking at road racing in North and Latin America, Australia, Africa and Asia, as well as continental Europe, The Call of the Road is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the history, tactics or personalities of cycle road racing.

Call Of The Road

Call Of The Road

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2018

Eddy Merckx. Fausto Coppi. Jacques Anquetil. Bernard Hinault. Beryl Burton. Marianne Vos. A sole cyclist battling over a pass high in the mountains is one of the most romantic of sporting images. In the past 150 years road cycling has been dominated by a series of iconic people who have redefined endurance and fortitude. Every decade has pushed human limits, until limits were extended by inhuman pharmacology. And these battles have not been fought over just one race, but an annual series beginning with the Spring Classics and then culminating in the three great tours - the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta d'Espagne and the Tour de France - before the cyclists retire to lick their wounds and start on another winter of training. The Call of the Road is the definitive story of cycle road racing, from the first race in 1868 to the present day. It is a story that has never been told as the professionals experience it - as a whole energy-sapping year. It looks at the beginning and development of the sport, it explains the tactics and looks at the different physical types that succeed. It explains why some nations have dominated this sport and why, until recently, British riders have underperformed. It also looks at the way the great races were founded and developed, and how the great riders stamped their authority on them through the ages. Sidwells doesn't shy away from controversy: dissecting the vexed and seemingly ever-present question of doping. The final chapter brings the story of road racing completely up to date with insight into jiffy bags and salbutamol levels. Truly international in scope, looking at road racing in North and Latin America, Australia, Africa and Asia, as well as continental Europe, The Call of the Road is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the history, tactics or personalities of cycle road racing.

Wild Cycling A pocket guide to 50 great rides off the beaten track in Britain

Wild Cycling A pocket guide to 50 great rides off the beaten track in Britain

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

'A wildly inspiring adventure - from armchair to saddle.' Nichiless 'A lovely concise guide.' A. W. Baird Here is plenty of inspiration for anyone who loves to ride off road and get out into the wild and stunning scenery of the British mainland. Each route suggests further routes and the book as a whole introduces the wild cyling potential of a range of different locations. These natural routes to wild places link country lanes, green lanes, bridleways, towpaths, trails and often ancient ways between places. The book is illustrated in colour and each ride includes an annotated route map and ride profile, also OS grid references. And a fact file gives further indispensable details, including an indication of how hard each ride is, and how wild. From Chalk Cliffs and Curious Sound Mirrors in the south-east to Cape Wrath in the north-west, the purity, beauty and essential wildness of these rides will ensure that over the years many of them will become classic, even legendary cycling challenges.

Bike Repair Manual

Bike Repair Manual

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

The most up-to-date bicycle maintenance guide on the market, covering all types of bike - road, racing, mountain, hybrid, BMX, and children's - this is the essential manual for beginners and experienced cyclists alike. Step-by-step sequences show how to carry out repairs, from vital servicing to improving your bikes performance - on and off road. Learn how to maintain every essential area, such as brakes, drivetrain, and steering, as well as complex components, including hub gears, hydraulic brakes, and suspension forks. Detailed chapters range from showing how to set up your bike correctly and safely, show the must-have kit for successful repairs, to troubleshooters to help keep your bike in top form. Featuring easy photographic tutorials and handy add-ons, such as a step locator and toolbox, Bike Repair Manual makes bike repair simple for every bike owner. Previous edition ISBN 9781409365242

Cycling Jerseys Iconic designs and the stories that made them

Cycling Jerseys Iconic designs and the stories that made them

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2017

Cycling jerseys represent many different things. For a cyclist they must be functional. For team sponsors they must stand out, and in doing so they must increase brand awareness. For cycling fans they help pick out their favorites or a race or competition leader. Jerseys show who is a world or a national champion. And in some races, jerseys tell of a competitor's nationality. But cycling jerseys have evolved into something bigger than all those things. Some jerseys are iconic, others stylish, and some are beautiful. They can evoke good times or bad times, success or failure. Above all, jerseys mark the great occasions of cycling, they speak of its history, its personalities and its style. And all jerseys have an element of art in their design. Cycling Jerseys celebrates the cycling jersey in all its forms. With stunning pictures and snatches of history, this is the story of the cycling jersey told in 192 gorgeous pages. From the first simple garments that early cyclists raced in, to the technologyladen jerseys top riders use today. This book looks at the iconic jerseys associated with great riders and with great teams, the jerseys of champions and nations, and the jerseys that leaders wear in the most famous races.

Best 100-Mile Bike Routes

Best 100-Mile Bike Routes

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Completing one hundred miles by bike is a timeless challenge. Ever since the invention of a pedal- powered, two-wheel vehicle, 100 miles has been the benchmark by which cyclists can measure their prowess. Best 100-Mile Bike Routes is the ultimate guide to a hundred 100-mile rides grouped in geographical regions, from the north of Scotland to the south coast; representing the best the UK has to offer. The routes are unique, named after local events, people or geography, or inspired by classic sportive routes, and each one has been carefully put together, tried and tested. With clear mapping, directions, statistics, points of interest, elevations and ratings, every route is simple to follow. Perfect for cyclists of all levels of ability, and providing details of the necessary equipment and training schedules, Best 100-Mile Bike Routes prepares you completely for the challenge, making this cycling feat achievable by almost anyone.

Classic Cycling Race Routes

Classic Cycling Race Routes

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2013

The greatest 52 European cycling challenges, in association with Garmin. The most challenging cycle routes in Europe based on the best cyclosportive events - the most famous single-day professional races, which are known in cycling as The Classics, and on stages of the Grand Tours; the Tour de France, Tour of Italy and Tour of Spain. These are not just pretty rides in the country - they are serious challenges that require training and preparation, but are all accessible and are achieved by many thousands of ordinary cyclists every year. Some of the routes are based on well-established cyclosportive events, which are the big objective of many thousands of recreational and keen cyclists. Classic Cycling Race Routes allows cyclists to do the routes at any time, and encourages them to take part in the events. For the classic races which don't have a dedicated cyclosportive route, the author has designed a route to reflect the demands and history of these races.

Tour Climbs The Complete Guide to Every Mountain Stage on the Tour De France

Tour Climbs The Complete Guide to Every Mountain Stage on the Tour De France

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2013

The first book to cover in detail every major climb ever used in the Tour de France, including detail on the actual route (with maps and profile), length, height, list of winners and route descriptions of how to emulate the King of the Mountains and get from the bottom to the top. Every year the Tour de France is said to only really start when it reaches the first mountain stages: the drama of the race only really begins as the climbers take over in the Pyrenees, Vosges or Alps. The Tour is also the most famous classic in cycling and draws huge audiences to the TV and internet coverage (the official web site holds the world record for number of hits excluding search engines). But the route of the Tour is not just for professionals. A growing number of people now take their bikes and actually do a stage of the Tour (the Etap - for amateurs, which this year attracted 8,000 people to climb one of the hardest mountain stages in the Tour) or spend a week doing some of the more notorious climbs (Ventoux - where Tommy Simpson died in the 50s). This book is for everyone who watches the Tour and has even the slightest of an inkling that they'd like to do at least one of the climbs. Packed with information on each climb, this is the ultimate guide to the Tour climbs, which will remain important for many years to come (the Tour only uses a set number of climbs, which they return to every couple of years). Contents - Eastern Pyrenees, Central Pyrenees, Western Pyrenees, Vosges & Jura, Massif & Cevennes, Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps

A Race for Madmen A History of the Tour De France

A Race for Madmen A History of the Tour De France

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2013

No sporting event has had its past and present, its highs and lows so intricately entwined with those of a country like the Tour has with France. The Tour de France is the biggest annual sporting event in the world, and at the same time it transcends sport. The Tour de France comes to the people. It passes their houses, it turns right in their village squares, it thunders through their suburban streets and into the hearts of their towns and cities. It is a unique event in that people don't so much go to see the Tour, as it comes to see them. A Race for Madmen traces how the Tour de France has developed and examines tactics, bike technology and rider preparation too. It profiles some of the men who have won the Tour de France, and others who have been key players, looking closely at their lives and motivation. Subsidiary competitions, such as the King of the Mountains prize, are featured, as well as Tour lore and traditions. The book examines the Tour's extraordinary history, and how a bike race, a simple sporting contest captured the imagination of a country, then a continent and then the world, while at the same time it has stayed uniquely French, even though a Frenchman hasn't won it for over 20 years.