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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!

Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep The Tale of the First Tour de France

Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep The Tale of the First Tour de France

Author: Peter Cossins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

From the winner of the Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year 2018 The first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair full of adventure, mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating. Its riders included characters like Maurice Garin, an Italian-born Frenchman, said to have been swapped for a round of cheese by his parents in order to smuggle him into France to clean chimneys as a teenager, Hippolyte Aucouturier with his trademark handlebar moustache, and amateurs like Jean Dargassies, a blacksmith who had never raced before. Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes? Surprisingly it did, and, all thanks to a marketing ruse dreamed up to revive struggling newspaper L'Auto, cycling would never be the same again. Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France, painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s, to see where the greatest sporting event of all began.

American Pro The True Story of Bike Racing in America

American Pro The True Story of Bike Racing in America

Author: Jamie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

American cycling has a long tradition of riding and racing on a shoestring and a prayer. Jamie Smith explores the domestic side of the world's biggest amateur sport in American Pro: The True Story of Bike Racing in America. American Pro rips away the thin veneer of professionalism among domestic racing teams to lay bare the heart and soul of a struggling sport. Smith traces the arc of one team's racing career to discover colorful personalities, scrappy racing action, humor and heartbreak. American Pro shows what the sport demands: the scramble for contracts, the dynamics of team chemistry, the unending travel, the Herculean struggle to realize the dream-all for the love of bike racing. With sharp humor and insight, Smith uncovers what's wrong-and what's right-with America's broken bike racing system. American Pro will transform how you think of domestic pro racing through a five-season expose of the sport we love.

Bluffer's Guide to Cycling Instant wit and wisdom

Bluffer's Guide to Cycling Instant wit and wisdom

Author: Rob Ainsley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2018

Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of cycling. Never again confuse a MAMIL with a MTBER, a fixie with a folder, or a Boris bike with a 'bonk'. Bask in the admiration of your fellow bike enthusiasts as you pronounce confidently on the difference between a hobbyhorse and a draisienne, and know exactly what position to take on the contentious issue of whether cyclists should be obliged to pay road tax. Most of all, effortlessly learn how to puncture countless modern cycling myths (not to mention more than a few tyres). Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer's Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.

Cartes Du Tour

Cartes Du Tour

Author: Paul Fornel Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2018

The maps of the Tour tell of the evolution and challenges of the most prestigious bike race in the world. They are always similar and always different. They trace the history of a country which evolves, which reveals itself, which opens itself up to its neighbours and which carves out Europe before Europe. A country which shows its beauty and its charms. Each route is a picnic spot of several thousands of kilometres for millions of supporters, who wouldn't miss their summer meeting with the peloton for the world. The maps are varied in style and detail and form an extensive archive specially collected and curated. The overall impact is not just a graphic history of the Tour but with the combination of incisive writing the book weaves an impression of how the Tour has developed during those magical three weeks in July. The maps are a graphic device and intended as a point of historical reference for an occasional associated short story. As the maps vary in quality and size, some years feature more strongly than others, the better quality and more significant ones in a fold-out format. Cartes du Tour has a map for all the 105 editions and ASO, the Tour's owners, have allowed us permission and access to their archive of road books, maps and associated resources in order to cover every edition since its start in 1903. The text is in French and English.

Racing Bicycles The Illustrated Story of Road Cycling

Racing Bicycles The Illustrated Story of Road Cycling

Author: Nick Higgins Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2018

Everything you need to know about road cycling - the bikes, the races, the famous riders - in an intricately illustrated, compact volume. Every major historical development of the road bicycle and the road race is illustrated, from the first geared bikes to modern-day time-trial machines, and from the first penny-farthing races up to the modern Tour de France. Also included are a wealth of facts, figures, and stats, as well as intriguing and quirky stories from the history of competitive cycling.

The Fens Cycle Map Including The Norfolk Coast Cycleway, Peterborough's Green Wheel and 5 individual day rides

The Fens Cycle Map Including The Norfolk Coast Cycleway, Peterborough's Green Wheel and 5 individual day rides

Author: Sustrans Format: Sheet map, folded Release Date: 31/05/2018

This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. It covers the Fens area of the East of England, including King's Lynn, Boston, Peterborough and Grantham. Directly across the North Sea from the low-lying lands of The Netherlands is a similar English landscape known as The Fens. This region of England was once fresh or salt-water wetland, drained many centuries ago for its fertile soil. Like the Netherlands, the area provides excellent terrain for cycling with some of the flattest, longest and straightest sections of road in Europe. This includes a superb section of National Cycle Network Route 1, the longest overall National Cycle Route, running from Ingoldisthorpe to Boston via King's Lynn and Wisbech. This pocket-sized colour map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. The map also features 5 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes, local history and places of interest.

Cornwall Cycle Map 1 Including The Camel Trail, Clay Trails, Mineral Tramways, Cornish Way and 4 individual day rides

Cornwall Cycle Map 1 Including The Camel Trail, Clay Trails, Mineral Tramways, Cornish Way and 4 individual day rides

Author: Sustrans Format: Sheet map, folded Release Date: 31/05/2018

This cycle map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. It covers the Cornwall area of the South West region of England, including Penzance, Newquay, Bude and Bodmin. Cornwall has a unique identity which makes it one of the most popular holiday destinations in England. Surrounded by the Atlantic and full of sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs, the quality of light made it popular with artists from the late 19th century onwards and St. Ives today is home to the Tate, a major art gallery. The hills in Cornwall come thick and fast, but there are also some wonderful traffic-free routes too. The Camel Trail follows the River Camel along a converted railway line from Bodmin to Padstow, and the Clay Trails are a network of traffic-free routes exploring the old mining area around the fascinating Eden Project near St Austell. This pocket-sized colour map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. The map also features 4 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes, local history and places of interest.

The Peak District Cycle Map 26 Including The Trans Pennine Trail, Tissington Trail, Monsal Trail, High Peak Trail and 5 individual day rides

The Peak District Cycle Map 26 Including The Trans Pennine Trail, Tissington Trail, Monsal Trail, High Peak Trail and 5 individual day rides

Author: Sustrans Format: Sheet map, folded Release Date: 31/05/2018

This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. It covers The Peak District National Park region in England, including Sheffield, Chesterfield, Buxton, Rotherham, Worksop and Macclesfield. This pocket-sized colour map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. The map also features 5 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes and places of interest.

Merseyside & Manchester Cycle Map Including The Pennine Cycleway, The Trans Pennine Trail, The North West Wales Cycle Route and 4 individual day rides

Merseyside & Manchester Cycle Map Including The Pennine Cycleway, The Trans Pennine Trail, The North West Wales Cycle Route and 4 individual day rides

Author: Sustrans Format: Sheet map, folded Release Date: 31/05/2018

This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. It covers the Merseyside and Manchester areas of the north west region of England, including Liverpool, Manchester, Salford, Chester, Oldham, Runcorn & Widnes, Bolton, Macclesfield, Stockport and Bury. This pocket-sized colour map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. The map also features 4 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes, local history and places of interest.

North York Moors, Tees Valley & Durham Coast Cycle Map Including The Cinder Track, part of the Walney to Whitby Cycle Route and 5 Individual day rides

North York Moors, Tees Valley & Durham Coast Cycle Map Including The Cinder Track, part of the Walney to Whitby Cycle Route and 5 Individual day rides

Author: Sustrans Format: Sheet map, folded Release Date: 31/05/2018

This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. It covers the North York Moors, the Cinder Track, the eastern part of the Walney to Whitby Cycle Route and five individual day rides. The North York Moors National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites covering over 1,400 square kilometres. This pocket-sized colour map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. The map also features 5 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes, local history and places of interest.

North Costa Blanca Road Cycle Map

North Costa Blanca Road Cycle Map

Author: Richard Ross Format: Sheet map, folded Release Date: 31/05/2018

A 100,000 scale detailed road cycle map for North Costa Blanca (the coastal zone and mountains around Denia, Xabia/Javea, Moraira, Calpe, Altea & Benidorm). Easy cycle route planning with road classifications, distance markers between key junctions, top climbs, spot heights and relief representation. Includes 11 classic route suggestions that pass through valleys, go high up into the mountains, visit unspoilt villages and towns and meander along the coast. Features over 60 top climbs marked on the map with details of gradient, ascent and length (Coll de Rates, Port de Tudons, Confrides, Cumbre del Sol, Port de Bernia, Miserat, Vall d'Ebo, Coll de la Garga, and many more). Some of the key inland towns on the map include Tarbena, Castell de Castells, Xalo/Jalon, Pego, Villalonga, Sella, Guadalest, L'Orxa, Benifallim, Planes, Muro de Alcoy). The map is printed on tough and waterproof paper.

First Taste of Freedom A Cultural History of Bicycle Marketing in the United States

First Taste of Freedom A Cultural History of Bicycle Marketing in the United States

Author: Robert Turpin Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2018

The bicycle has long been a part of American culture but few would describe it as an essential element of American identity in the same way that it is fundamental to European and Asian cultures. Instead, American culture has had a more turbulent relationship with the bicycle. First introduced in the United States in the 1830s, the bicycle reached its height of popularity in the 1890s as it evolved to become a popular form of locomotion for adults. Two decades later, ridership in the United States collapsed. As automobile consumption grew, bicycles were seen as backward and unbecoming-particularly for the white middle class. Turpin chronicles the story of how the bicycle's image changed dramatically, shedding light on how American consumer patterns are shaped over time. Turpin identifies the creation and development of childhood consumerism as a key factor in the bicycle's evolution. In an attempt to resurrect dwindling sales, sports marketers reimagined the bicycle as a child's toy. By the 1950s, it had been firmly established as a symbol of boyhood adolescence, further accelerating the declining number of adult consumers. Tracing the ways in which cycling suffered such a loss in popularity among adults is fundamental to understanding why the United States would be considered a car culture from the 1950s to today. As a lens for viewing American history, the story of the bicycle deepens our understanding of our national culture and the forces that influence it.