Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

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Ridgeway Swiss
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Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby Ridgeway Swiss » Sun Mar 31, 2019 21:40 pm

Just finished reading the biography of Gino Bartali "Road to Valour" which is a simply amazing read as it covers a difficult period in our history and how one man simply rode through it and the Nazis ! If you've not read it and enjoy a good biography then it's well worth it.

I'm sure there's plenty of biographies on pretty much all "great" riders but which ones read well and tell an interesting story ?

Can anyone recommend any others ?

Thanks

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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby ugo.santalucia » Mon Apr 01, 2019 06:09 am

"the hour" Michael Hutchinson

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Postby Ridgeway Swiss » Mon Apr 01, 2019 06:10 am

ugo.santalucia wrote:"the hour" Michael Hutchinson



Thanks, i'll add it to the list.

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Postby Shirley Basso » Mon Apr 01, 2019 08:34 am

The Rider - Tim Krabbe (edit: this is fiction but absolutely excellent)

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy

Fallen Angel : Fausto Coppi by William Fotherington

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Postby redvision » Mon Apr 01, 2019 09:31 am

The secret race by Tyler Hamilton.

Ok, so it's about a dark era in cycling history but it's a great read, and provides an open and honest insight in to the life of a pro tour rider at that time.

You may see things in a different light as a result, I certainly did.

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Postby davebradswmb » Mon Apr 01, 2019 09:46 am

I've not read "The Hour" so I don't know how much might be repeated in my recommendation Michael Hutchinson's "Faster", but I can found it an excellent read which includes an insight into the workings of British Cycling under Dave Brailsford.

I also enjoyed "Roule Britannia" by William Fotheringham

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Postby giropaul » Mon Apr 01, 2019 09:55 am

The Beast, The Emperor and The Milkman - Harry Pearson.

The book tracks the intertwined history of Belgian racing and riders with the impact of the times they lived in. Ever wonder why the E3 race is so called - it’s in here!

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Postby TimothyW » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:03 am

Etape by Richard Moore is probably my favourite cycling book, is formatted as a collection of short stories about particular tours/stages, so easy to dip in and out of - Richard Moore's work in general is excellent - Slaying the Badger also an excellent read.

Laurent Fignon's autobiography 'We were young and carefree' also worth a read.

Would echo 'The Secret Race', excellent read, got me started reading bike books.

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Postby ugo.santalucia » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:05 am

Ridgeway Swiss wrote:
ugo.santalucia wrote:"the hour" Michael Hutchinson



Thanks, i'll add it to the list.


The difference is that it's not your usual biography and Hutch can actually write. It's really good

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Postby Ridgeway Swiss » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:17 am

ugo.santalucia wrote:
Ridgeway Swiss wrote:
ugo.santalucia wrote:"the hour" Michael Hutchinson



Thanks, i'll add it to the list.


The difference is that it's not your usual biography and Hutch can actually write. It's really good


Just ordered it this morning, thanks

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Postby Ben6899 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:25 am

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Postby Ridgeway Swiss » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:07 am

Ben6899 wrote:Wide Eyed and Legless


That looks like a good read, the inside story on Roches' TDF, my childhood era.

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Postby KingstonGraham » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:33 am

redvision wrote:The secret race by Tyler Hamilton.

Ok, so it's about a dark era in cycling history but it's a great read, and provides an open and honest insight in to the life of a pro tour rider at that time.

You may see things in a different light as a result, I certainly did.


Also, The Death of Marco Pantani.
and then the next thing you know


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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby Midlands Grimpeur » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:43 am

I would add my vote to 'The Death of Marco Pantani' as well, very well researched and pretty comprehensively detailed account of his life and career.

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Postby pamplemoose » Mon Apr 01, 2019 13:20 pm

I enjoyed both of David Millar's books. My current cycling read is 'Training and Racing with a Power Meter' (which I'd recommend if that's your thing!)

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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby laurentian » Mon Apr 01, 2019 13:48 pm

+1 for The Rider and The Secret Race.

One of the best I have read is "Domestique" by Charly Wegelius
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Postby Graeme_S » Mon Apr 01, 2019 13:53 pm

I'll echo everything Ugo's said about The Hour. I've even leant it to a couple of people who weren't cycling fans who thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby tomisitt » Mon Apr 01, 2019 17:11 pm

I can thoroughly recommend this, recently published :wink: It's an excellent read about an amazing (and long-forgotten) bike race across the battlefields of the Western Front in 1919, and the author's attempt to follow the race route.

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BTW, the stuff in Road to Valour about Bartali and the Nazis appears to be complete fiction. An interesting look at the myth here:

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-a ... estigation

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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby Mr_Mojo » Mon Apr 01, 2019 20:08 pm

I read Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh. About Lance Armstrong and his doping but I thought an excellent book. I read and enjoyed The Secret Race too and liked it.


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