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See below for a selection of the latest books from Cycling category. Presented with a red border are the Cycling books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Cycling books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Riding in the Zone Rouge The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling's Toughest-Ever Stage Race

Riding in the Zone Rouge The Tour of the Battlefields 1919 - Cycling's Toughest-Ever Stage Race

Author: Tom Isitt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

The Circuit des Champs de Bataille (the Tour of the Battlefields) was held in 1919, less than six months after the end of the First World War. It covered 2,000 kilometres and was raced in appalling conditions across the battlefields of the Western Front, otherwise known as the Zone Rouge. The race was so tough that only 21 riders finished, and it was never staged again. With one of the most demanding routes ever to feature in a bicycle race, and plagued by appalling weather conditions, the Circuit des Champs de Bataille was beyond gruelling, but today its extraordinary story is largely forgotten. Many of the riders came to the event straight from the army and had to ride 18-hour stages through sleet and snow across the battlefields on which they had fought, and lost friends and family, only a few months before. But in addition to the hellish conditions there were moments of high comedy, even farce. The rediscovered story of the Circuit des Champs de Bataille is an epic tale of human endurance, suffering and triumph over extreme adversity.

Revolutions How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels

Revolutions How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels

Author: Hannah Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Simone de Beauvoir borrowed her lover's bike to cycle around Paris in the 1940s, instantly falling in love with the freedom it gave her (even when an accident caused her to lose a tooth). Alice Hawkins, a factory worker from Leicester, pedal-powered her fight for universal suffrage as the bicycle became a cornerstone of her work to recruit women to the cause. Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky, was a 24-year-old Latvian immigrant living in Boston, who in 1894 became the first woman to cycle around the world. She took up the challenge, despite never having ridden a bike before, after two men bet a woman couldn't do it. In fact, she actually arrived back home ahead of schedule. Many of these women were told they couldn't or shouldn't cycle, but they did so anyway. Whether winning medals or spreading the word about votes for women, their stories are an inspiration. In REVOLUTIONS, Hannah Ross will introduce us to the women who are part of the rich and varied history of cycling, many of whom have been pushed to the margins or forgotten. A gloriously celebratory book, REVOLUTIONS is for anyone who would rather pedal the streets than pound them, and those who are curious about life on a bike.

Revolutions How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels

Revolutions How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels

Author: Hannah Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

Simone de Beauvoir borrowed her lover's bike to cycle around Paris in the 1940s, instantly falling in love with the freedom it gave her (even when an accident caused her to lose a tooth). Alice Hawkins, a factory worker from Leicester, pedal-powered her fight for universal suffrage as the bicycle became a cornerstone of her work to recruit women to the cause. Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky, was a 24-year-old Latvian immigrant living in Boston, who in 1894 became the first woman to cycle around the world. She took up the challenge, despite never having ridden a bike before, after two men bet a woman couldn't do it. In fact, she actually arrived back home ahead of schedule. Many of these women were told they couldn't or shouldn't cycle, but they did so anyway. Whether winning medals or spreading the word about votes for women, their stories are an inspiration. In REVOLUTIONS, Hannah Ross will introduce us to the women who are part of the rich and varied history of cycling, many of whom have been pushed to the margins or forgotten. A gloriously celebratory book, REVOLUTIONS is for anyone who would rather pedal the streets than pound them, and those who are curious about life on a bike.

Really Wild Cycling The pocket guide to off-the-beaten-track challenges

Really Wild Cycling The pocket guide to off-the-beaten-track challenges

Author: Chris Sidwells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2020

Really Wild Cycling follows in the tracks of Chris's bestselling Wild Cycling. Most, if not all, the rides are off-road, but each one presents a challenge to inspire readers to train for it and have a go. Most take only a few hours, but some are longer, and a few much longer, taking even the fittest several days. An introduction explains safety techniques and underlines the skills, knowledge, equipment and fitness levels required. The rides are graded in ascending difficulty within each region. Each ride suggests regular escape points to get riders to a safe place should the weather close in and draws attention to places where extra care should be taken. Some rides are on marked routes, like the Trans-Pennine Trail, some are races or organised challenges, while others are routes the author himself has mapped out. Each ride is illustrated with photos, an annotated map and a profile of the terrain. The text includes a detailed route guide and historical, geological and natural points of interest.

The Complete Bike Owner's Manual Repair and Maintenance in Simple Steps

The Complete Bike Owner's Manual Repair and Maintenance in Simple Steps

Author: DK Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

This is the complete reference guide to bike servicing and repair, and an essential bible for every cyclist's bookshelf. Incredible CGI illustrations show you every aspect of bike repair and maintenance more clearly than ever before, whether you're a mountain biker, cycling commuter, or road racer. All major types of bicycle from the leading brands are covered - including road, racing, hybrid, mountain, and utility bikes - with detailed, practical advice to take you from symptom to solution. The Complete Bike Owner's Manual takes away the need for expensive expert advice, showing you how to service and maintain every aspect of your bicycle. Learn how to replace or repair a chain, correct sagging suspension, fit brake cables, adjust electronic shifters, and much more, with incredible up-close detail helping you to get your wheels turning again.

Lost Lanes North 36 Glorious bike rides in Yorkshire, the Lake District, Northumberland and northern England

Lost Lanes North 36 Glorious bike rides in Yorkshire, the Lake District, Northumberland and northern England

Author: Jack Thurston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2020

Jack Thurston, best-selling author of the Lost Lanes series and presenter of the Bike Show, takes you on a freewheeling tour of the lost lanes and forgotten byways of Northern England - Yorkshire, Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland and Lancashire. Including beautiful photography, this is the perfect gift for the armchair traveller and cycling adventurer. With downloadable GPX and route guides, and detailed maps, it is highly practical too. Rides graded from easy to challenging, with best pubs and tea stops, wild swims, finest viewpoints and accommodation too.

Tour de France Champions An A-Z

Tour de France Champions An A-Z

Author: Giles Belbin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

The Tour de France has long been cycling's most famous and important race; from Maurice Garin's win in 1903 through to today's British domination of the race, the roads and mountains of France have played host to an annual celebration of sporting endeavour. In this new book, cycling writer Giles Belbin has gathered together the gripping stories of the champions who triumphed and themselves became a part of the Tour's rich history. Discover the rider who won the Tour despite finishing fifth, the national idol who was shot dead by his lover with the gun his wife had used to commit suicide, and the Italian winner who helped Jewish families by smuggling papers during war-time training rides.

Hearts of Lions The History of American Bicycle Racing

Hearts of Lions The History of American Bicycle Racing

Author: Peter Joffre Nye, Eric Heiden Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2020

Bike racers were America's media darlings less than a century ago-dashing, eccentric, and very rich daredevils. Until the 1920s bike races drew larger crowds than all other American sports events, including Major League Baseball games. Prize-winning racer and journalist Peter Joffre Nye vividly re-creates this period of sports history, forgotten until now, in Hearts of Lions, a true story of courage, daring, and occasional lunacy. Revised, updated, and expanded, this second edition of Hearts of Lions is based on interviews with more than one thousand cyclists whose racing careers span from 1908 through the 2016 Rio Olympics, along with interviews with trainers and family members. Included are stories about Joseph Magnani, the lone American from southern Illinois who rode on the dusty roads of Europe in road racing's golden era of the 1930s and 1940s; Lance Armstrong, whose rise in the mid-1990s was eclipsed in the doping era that still casts a long shadow over the sport; Kristin Armstrong, a three-time Olympic gold medalist who set new standards for women in cycling; and Evelyn Evie Stevens, who chucked a Wall Street career in her mid-twenties to compete in two Olympics and win several world championship gold medals. Hearts of Lions is a colorful, exciting, classic work on the art of bicycle racing over 140 years against a backdrop of social, political, and technical changes.

Cycling On Form A Pro Method of Riding Faster and Stronger

Cycling On Form A Pro Method of Riding Faster and Stronger

Author: Tom Danielson, Kourtney Danielson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2020

Cycling on Form reveals the pro approach to cycling training. Riding a bike faster takes more than just fitness. It takes skills that you can master to become a faster, stronger rider. In his new guide, former professional bike racer Tom Danielson shows how to transform your cycling from amateur to professional level with the fitness and time you have now. Danielson reveals how the pros go beyond the modern standards of interval workouts, base-building, and recovery to train the whole athlete, mind and body. Danielson shows how to truly ride and train to the fullest through: * Fitness: Self-tests to identify your riding strengths and weaknesses then focus on custom training to address them. * Mental focus: The pros know that winning means using your head and your legs. You'll get pro tips on big-picture goal setting and mid-ride concentration strategies to help you stay focused. * Execution: Cycling is hard and executing a great ride when it matters takes practice. Danielson shares on-the-bike skills, efficient and powerful techniques, strategies to stay in the race, ways to finish with the lead group, and how to excel on a ride you've never done before. * Nutrition: Pro riders put sports nutrition into daily practice. Danielson distills the facts of diet, food as fuel, and fueling to recover. Too many cyclists train by trying to set new Strava PRs, only to get frustrated by the limited gains. There's a better way. Cycling On Form unlocks a pro method for riding faster and stronger.

Cyclist's Britain in a Box

Cyclist's Britain in a Box

Author: Duncan Petersen Format: Book Release Date: 27/03/2020

Mountains Epic Cycling Climbs

Mountains Epic Cycling Climbs

Author: Michael Blann Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2020

The mountains of Europe have many different meanings to many different people. For the locals they are a way of life; for visitors they represent breathtaking beauty, active holidays and peaceful moments. For cyclists, however, the dramatic landscapes mean something quite different: suffering, pain, agony - and glory. For over a century the mountains have provided the setting for the greatest cycling contests, where human determination and willpower can triumph over nature and opponents. In recent years, as cycling's popularity has changed our cities, made us more active and taken us down less-travelled roads, the mountains of Europe have become the primary destination for everyday riders who want to challenge themselves, experience the storied roads and escape their everyday lives. This publication is aimed at all who wish to be inspired by those challenges or celebrate those personal victories. With tributes and personal recollections from leading road cyclists, the photographs and words coalesce into a visual depiction that transcends any single perspective and will inspire awe and wonder in anyone who wishes to confront the power of the mountains.