Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

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

Postby plymouthsteve » Sat Apr 20, 2019 22:37 pm

I actually enjoyed 'the world according to G' Great that he doesn't take himself too seriously and made me a bit of a fan.
Lance Armstrongs It's not about the bike was a good read, and story about he won many tours clean. . I'm told that Amazon reclassified it as fiction. .ouch!!

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

Postby ChippyK » Sun Apr 21, 2019 21:25 pm

Both Mark Beaumont’s books are good.
Wegelius, Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton and Millar’s books are all good.
Away from Pro cycling I enjoyed Eat Sleep Cycle, read it on one flight to LAX.

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Postby ugo.santalucia » Tue Apr 23, 2019 07:40 am

ChippyK wrote:Both Mark Beaumont’s books are good.


I should give them a go... I never warmed to Beaumont and I don't know why, as in principle he should be my kind of cycling hero. Maybe I just have a problem of principle with the all "around the world" challenge, I think

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Postby Crescent » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:19 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:
Crescent wrote:Rob Penn's "It's all about the bike" is a good read - it inspired me to build my own bike. I think there is a short film based on it as well.


Whis is awaste of time...


It may have been a waste of your time. I enjoyed it. Almost as much as building my own bike.
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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby ChippyK » Tue Apr 23, 2019 14:12 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:
ChippyK wrote:Both Mark Beaumont’s books are good.


I should give them a go... I never warmed to Beaumont and I don't know why, as in principle he should be my kind of cycling hero. Maybe I just have a problem of principle with the all "around the world" challenge, I think


For me, especially the first book, was less about the cycling and more about the journey.

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

Postby rdt » Tue Apr 23, 2019 16:38 pm

In Pursuit of Stardom: Les Nomades du Velo Anglais by Tony Hewson.

Up there with the best cycling books I've ever read.

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

Postby SpencerPankow » Tue Apr 23, 2019 20:56 pm

'the badger' bernard hinault and the fall and rise of french cycling by William Fotheringham, great book and a great insight into french cycling

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

Postby SpencerPankow » Tue Apr 23, 2019 20:57 pm

Also try 'alpe d'huez' by peter cossins, a great book about the mountain through the history of cycling particularly why its called the dutch mountain

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

Postby meursault » Sat Apr 27, 2019 01:25 am

Ben6899 wrote:There's also "Ventoux" - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16000713-ventoux

And Bjarne Riis' autobiography is a bit of an insight into Narcissistic Personality Disorder...


Ordered both these and The Stasi one, thanks.
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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby meursault » Tue May 07, 2019 16:44 pm

meursault wrote:
Ben6899 wrote:There's also "Ventoux" - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16000713-ventoux

And Bjarne Riis' autobiography is a bit of an insight into Narcissistic Personality Disorder...


Ordered both these and The Stasi one, thanks.


I've just finished

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Thought it was excellent. Read over the weekend in a couple of sittings. Particularly liked all the mountain geographical descriptions and recollections of the author. Loads of historical race and non race stuff too. Only slight criticism was his zealous anti-doping sections, but that's only because I'm in the not cheating/don't care about doping camp. Purely opinions. Excellent read, highly recommended.
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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby Harry182 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 05:08 am

Just finished Jonathan Vaughters’ book.

Not without its flaws but straightforward, unapologetic, insightful and honest - much like, I assume, the author himself.

Great insights into what it takes (and tolls) to be an aspiring amateur, pro, team manager, man/adult/human.

Recommended.

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

Postby meursault » Mon Sep 23, 2019 06:32 am

Harry182 wrote:Just finished Jonathan Vaughters’ book.

Not without its flaws but straightforward, unapologetic, insightful and honest - much like, I assume, the author himself.

Great insights into what it takes (and tolls) to be an aspiring amateur, pro, team manager, man/adult/human.

Recommended.


Cheers, will give this a go. Seems a controversial individual but I'm a big fan of his team.
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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby rnath » Tue Sep 24, 2019 20:19 pm

William Fotheringham’s “Put Me Back On My Bike” about Tom Simpson and “Fallen Angel” about Coppi. The latter would be a great follow up to the Bartali book you’ve just read?

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

Postby pottssteve » Thu Oct 03, 2019 13:28 pm

Agree with those people who recommended We Were Young and Carefree by Fignon and Tomorrow We Ride by Bobet, both excellent. David Millar's are also very good. However, The Rider by Tim Krabbe is quite possibly the finest book ever written about cycling.
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Re: Any good cycling books (biography, cycling history)

Postby homers double » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:02 am

The death of Marco Pantani was one of my favorite reads and I've just finished "the secret race" which was also quite honest and insightful.
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