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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!

The Wild Atlantic Way and Western Ireland 6 cycle tours along Ireland's west coast

The Wild Atlantic Way and Western Ireland 6 cycle tours along Ireland's west coast

Author: Tom Cooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2018

The Wild Atlantic Way is a driving route along Ireland's Atlantic seaboard, covering over 2,350km of coastline and showcasing the region's breathtaking landscapes. This guide adapts the route for cyclists - and throws in a couple of other highlights (such as the Aran Islands and Killarney) for good measure. Since relatively few people are likely to have seven weeks to spare for a full Wild Atlantic Way tour, the book presents six self-contained cycle tours, each offering 7-10 days of riding. For the full Wild Atlantic Way experience, these distinct routes can be linked together into a 44-stage trip from Derry/Londonderry to Cork. Each route includes detailed advice on accommodation and facilities, plus optional detours and shortcuts and points of interest. The routes themselves are presented as 'route cards': ideal for use with a cycle computer, these pages provide 'at a glance' information for when you're on the road, covering navigation, facilities and local highlights. The guide covers all the practicalities - including transport, equipment and general tips on cycling in Ireland.

The Road Cycling Performance Manual Everything You Need to Take Your Training and Racing to the Next Level

The Road Cycling Performance Manual Everything You Need to Take Your Training and Racing to the Next Level

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Aimed at cyclists who take their riding seriously, The Road Cycling Performance Manual disseminates the most up-to-date training approaches - based on the latest sports-science thinking and the work of the elite cycling teams - to help riders reach their peak level and improve their overall performance. Written by leading cycling journalist and former Masters Team Pursuit World Champion Nikalas Cook, this authoritative and insightful book provides cyclists with everything they need to know to train and perform at their highest level. Featuring the latest research and practical advice, including the importance of getting the fundamentals of bike set-up, equipment selection and nutrition correct, this expert guide will lead to dramatic improvements to training times and ride performance. Complete with exclusive contributions from leading cyclists and team coaches from the world of cycling, The Road Cycling Performance Manual will provide riders with the competitive advantage to ensure they move up the race field.

The Hardmen Legends of the Cycling Gods

The Hardmen Legends of the Cycling Gods

Author: The Velominati, Frank Strack, Brett Kennedy, John Andrews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

It's time we all stopped whining and learned a thing or two from The Toughest Cyclists Ever. Including: Stephen Roche, whose cure for exhaustion was to go up a gear and fight harder, all the way to the ambulance. Eddy Merckx, who hurt himself so badly in breaking the Hour record that, he estimated, he shortened his career by a year. Beryl Burton, who crushed her (male) rival's morale with the offer of a piece of liquorice, before speeding past to victory. Nicole Cooke and Edwig Van Hooydonck, who rejected dope and became legends. The Hardmen tells the stories - the good bits, anyway - of the 40 most heroic Cyclists ever. Their bravery, their panache and their Perfect Amount of Dumb. It reminds us that suffering on a bike liberates us from our daily lives, and that, in the words of Lance Armstrong pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever ; proof that even assholes can be insightful.

Ventoux Sacrifice and Suffering on the Giant of Provence

Ventoux Sacrifice and Suffering on the Giant of Provence

Author: Jeremy Whittle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

`They're all scared. Everybody's afraid' - Eddy Merckx `Nothing compares to the Ventoux' - Lance Armstrong 'Heart-stirring and jaw-dropping in equal measure' - Tim Moore The French call Ventoux `the killer mountain' and in 1967 it claimed its most famous victim, as former world champion Tom Simpson died near the summit during that year's Tour de France. The terrible ascent of Ventoux's south side encapsulates both the brutality and beauty of this cruel sport, but also highlights cycling's ongoing battle to distance itself from its demons. Yet it was the legendary and extreme climb of Mont Ventoux that first inspired award-winning author Jeremy Whittle's love of cycling, so much so that he bought a house in its shadows. Ventoux is his memoir to the Giant of Provence in which he reveals the little-known history of the Ventoux, and tells the story of a monstrous climb that has driven riders to near-hysteria and also to wild extremes of doping. It has provided the spectacular backdrop to some of cycling's most titanic contests, exposing the true character of those who take on the challenge. Through a series of revealing conversations with Lance Armstrong, Dave Brailsford, Alastair Campbell, Nicole Cooke, Tyler Hamilton, Eddy Merckx, Simpson's daughter, Joanne, and many others, Whittle details the poignancy of bitter memories, flawed obsessions and ruthless ambition that have made the Ventoux so feared and so infamous. 'Highly recommend Jeremy Whittle's Ventoux - a fascinating and expert insight into the mountain and into the current state of pro racing' Peter Cossins

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.

Full Gas How to Win a Bike Race - Tactics from Inside the Peloton

Full Gas How to Win a Bike Race - Tactics from Inside the Peloton

Author: Peter Cossins Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2018

** WINNER OF THE CYCLING BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE 2019 TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS** So how do you win a bike race? Riding as fast as you could for as long as you could was the main tactic in the early days of road racing when Grand Tours could be won by hours. Now a minute's delay thanks to a puncture could ruin a rider's chances over a three-week race and the sport is described as nothing less than chess on wheels. The intricacies and complexities of cycling are what makes it so appealing: an eye for opportunity and a quick mind are just as crucial to success as a 'big engine' or good form. How do you cope with crosswinds, cobbles, elbows-out sprints, weaving your way through a teeming peloton? Why are steady nerves one of the best weapons in a rider's arsenal and breakaway artists to be revered? Where do you see the finest showcase of tactical brilliance? Peter Cossins takes us on to the team buses to hear pro cyclists and directeurs sportifs explain their tactics: when it went right, when they got it wrong - from sprinting to summits, from breakaways to bluffing. Hectic, thrilling, but sometimes impenetrable - watching a bike race can baffle as much as entertain. Full Gas is the essential guide to make sense of all things peloton.

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.

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.