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Between the two images depicted on the front cover lie almost 85 years of Vuelta a Espana history. In 1935, day after day, Mariano Canardo carried the fight to the powerful Belgian squad; in 2018 a young Englishman, Simon Yates, stood on the top step of the podium after a race-long battle with the veteran Alejandro Valverde. In the intervening years the Vuelta has survived a civil war, four decades of dictatorship, periods of economic and diplomatic isolation, desperate years when the country was close to famine, disruption through political violence, and finally the restoration of democracy and Spain's welcome into the European Community. The race has changed hands several times and been shifted from spring to late summer. It has seen the triumph of some of cycling's greats, like Anquetil, Merckx and Hinault (who won twice and with greater panache); it has also given a range of other top cyclists, such as Lucho Herrera and Sean Kelly, the opportunity to taste the glory of winning a grand tour; then there have been the unknowns who came along and, out of the blue, surprised everybody by winning. And above all the history of the Vuelta recounts the story of the Spanish cyclists whose lives reflect the incredible changes their country has undergone in those 85 years. Viva la Vuelta! is also an account of a race trying to establish itself in an international calendar where the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia had the advantage of a clear head-start. At times the Vuelta has suffered from an inferiority complex, but not any more: now its current organisers have approached their race with an innovative spirit, always on the look-out for new routes and mountains to climb, and seeking to create dynamic, fiercely contested stages. For many followers of cycle-racing, the most interesting, and excitingly competitive racing of the three major tours now takes place in Spain. First published in 2005, this third edition of Viva la Vuelta! brings the story of the race up to 2018.
This is the French anthropologist as we've never heard him before: Marc Auge coined the term `non-place' to describe uniquitous, global airports, hotels and motorways filled with anonymous individuals. In this new book, he casts his anthropologist's eye on a subject close to his heart: cycling. In In Praise of the Bicycle, Auge takes us on a personal journey of his own, on a two-wheeled ride around our cities, and on a journey into ourselves. We all remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time and the joys of cycling. Here he reminds us that these memories are not just personal, but rooted in a time and a place, in a history that is shared with millions of others. Part memoir, part manifesto, Auge celebrates cycling as a way of reconnecting with the places in which we live, and, ultimately, as a necessary alternative to our disconnected world.
The Alps are a place of legend for cyclists, road-racers and enthusiasts alike. Home to one of the most challenging sections of the Tour de France, the mountains offer some of Europe's most challenging and glorious cycling climbs through Geneva, Chamonix, Annecy, Chambery, Grenoble, Le Bourg-d'Oisans and Barcelonnette. In this comprehensive guide, teacher, passionate cycling enthusiast and author of one of the most renowned books on the Tour de France and L'Alpe d'Huez, Graeme Fife presents the greatest mountain routes of the Alps. Each journey is revealed in historical snapshots, humorous observations and stirring stories from cycling's past, detailing the challenges of the climb and the key features to look out for along the way. A selection of photography of the routes and stunning scenery follows each chapter and hand-drawn maps document some of the most famous - and most challenging - climbs, both well- and lesser-known, including Chablais Massif, Grand Saint-Bernard, Col de la Colombiere, Mont du Chat and Col du Mont Noir. Whether planning a weekend micro-adventure or an epic cycling escape, this beautifully illustrated guide is essential reading for cyclists of all stripes.
A TRUE CLASSIC OF CYCLING LITERATURE 'Nobody evokes the transformative joy of cycling the way Fournel does here ... magical' - Herbie Sykes I ride to rest and to tire myself out; I ride to do myself good and to do myself harm ... one of the many cycling paradoxes explored in this unique and delightful book. I've never got over this miracle Starting with the childhood joy of learning to ride a bike, Need for the Bike goes on to relate the agony of climbing, the angst of crashing, and all the other universal moments and feelings which all cyclists will recognise. To get on a bike is to take possession of the landscape The sounds, smells, pains and joys of riding with friends or alone, finding things on the road; getting lost, re-reading familiar routes; Paul Fournel's classic comes as close as any book has to an encapsulation of why we all need the bike ...
From the author who brought you 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs comes another essential guide to vertical pain. This time Simon Warren has turned his attention to the famous climbs of Belgium and the ascents that define the world's greatest single-day bike races. From the rugged cobbles of the Tour of Flanders (or De Ronde), which takes place in early April each year, to the jagged peaks of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, also in April, and beyond, this pocket guide pinpoints fifty climbs that once ridden will give a true appreciation of the races they epitomise. If you thought Belgium was flat . . . think again.
Discover this 100-year anniversary celebration of the hardest-earned and most sacred prize in sport, the Tour de France's Yellow Jersey. The perfect Christmas gift for cycling fans. In 2019, the cycling world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of sport's most iconic and distinguished prize: the Yellow Jersey. Beautifully produced and packed full of interviews with riders such as Chris Froome, Thomas Voeckler and the oldest living wearer of the Yellow Jersey at 94, Antonin Rolland, The Yellow Jersey is a fitting celebration of the 'maillot jaune'. In 1919 the leading rider was first instructed to wear the Yellow Jersey, following a campaign from fans and journalists who were struggling to identify the winning rider. 100 years on, the jersey has passed into almost sacred status. You'll never see an amateur rider wearing yellow - it is reserved purely for those who have sacrificed themselves in the world's greatest race. Cossins will take the reader on a journey to the origins of the jersey and its early winners. He'll explore the effect of wearing yellow as a motivator and occasionally as a curse. Beautifully produced with original photography, The Yellow Jersey is an exquisite tribute to the greatest trophy in sport. 'Without doubt the most beautiful book to land on our desk this year... we can't recommend this book enough' Cycling Weekly
Rides using Trans Pennine Trail, Pennine Bridleway and featuring a 110 mile 'Pike to Peak' circular route, linking the famous landmarks of Stoodley Pike near Hebden Bridge to Rushup Edge and Mam Tor in the Peak District National Park. The Pike to Peak is around 75% off-road and uses old packhorse trails and turnpike roads to take in some of the area's most stunning scenery and attractive towns and villages. An ideal long weekend challenge! - Off-road riding with the emphasis on broad, rideable tracks for adventurous leisure riders. Ideal for electric mountain bikers getting their first taste of the activity. - 14 epic circular bike rides along classic trails such as Cut Gate, Wessenden Valley, Holme Valley, Reddyshore Scout, Ladybower Reservoir and the Hope Valley. - 20 family trails including sections of the Calder Valley Greenway, Longdendale Trail, Tame Valley Trail, Huddersfield Narrow Canal, Sett Valley Trail and many more. - Cycle-friendly accommodation listings located on the map. - Internet links guide users to web pages where they can download GPX route files and get lots more background information about the routes.
From steep inclines to slick terrains, Cycling Anatomy, 2nd Edition makes sure you're prepared for any challenge that comes your way. Using the same methods that elite cyclists use, you'll use this well-rounded collection of 96 strength and flexibility exercises to maximise cycling power, speed and endurance to improve your own cycling performance. Each exercise includes step-by-step instruction and visually stunning anatomical illustrations to highlight muscles in use. There are also dozens of variations using a wide range of fitness equipment. This allows you to modify exercises, targeting specific areas, reducing muscle tension and minimizing common cycling injuries. The text features a Cycling Focus section for each exercise. This places you on the bike ready for competition and includes illustrations of the active muscles involved in cornering, climbing, descending and sprinting. Using tried-and-true strength training principles for all parts of the body Cycling Anatomy helps you develop a training plan based on your individual needs and goals. Whether you're training for an upcoming century ride or just want to top that killer hill with the strength to spare, Cycling Anatomy helps you reach top performance, avoid injury and ensure you get the most out of every ride.