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Cycling Books

  • SR0021
    Chris Sidwells
    • £3.99
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    Beginner and experienced cyclists will love this go-to manual for all kinds of bike repairs. It's free from jargon and will help steer you through a complete maintenance programme.

    From simple, minor repairs to more challenging tasks like tuning your suspension, this handily sized book will help you learn how to repair your bike's brakes, gears and hubs.

    With easy, photographic tutorials, there are also chapters dedicated to using GPS gadgets and plenty of quick tips to keep you safe on the road.
  • TOCL
    Time Out Guides Ltd.
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    Combining 25 great bike rides for all abilities in and around London, this is the book for anyone who loves to get on their bike and discover more about their surroundings.

    Celebrating the pleasures of road cycling, the journeys are organised according to types of bike riding - from commuting to family afternoons out to weekend excursions.

    Taking you into the centre of London and beyond, the book also includes rides, bike and kit advice so you can make the most of your fantastic journeys.
  • SBOB
    Daniel Tatarsky
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    Daniel Tatarsky provides an accessible and fascinating history of life on two wheels in The Splendid Book of the Bicycle.

    A great gift for any cycling fan, it's a fun read that is packed with practical information and covers all the way from the first navigation of the globe on a penny-farthing through to today's state-of-the-art bikes (and their riders!).

    Beautifully illustrated with evocative imagery, the book looks at how the bike invented and its subsequent historical development and impact on social history. It even looks at the depiction of bicycles in films, books and art.
  • PELO
    Suze Clemitson
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    From Arrivee to Zoetemelk, this is a distinctively illustrated compendium on all the must-know facts about the sport for any cycling enthusiast.

    Helping you learn the difference from your lanterne rouge and your flamme rouge, the book is packed with fun facts that range from incredible and amazing to downright bizarre.

    Written by cycling journalist Suze Clemitson and illustrated by Mark Fairhurst, this will make a lovely gift.
  • AAZNU
    Edward Pickering
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    This is a definitive guide to the high-speed, high-adrenaline sport of cycle racing: essential reading for beginners and experienced racers. This title is packed with practical advice on bike selection, refuelling and different types of racing. It includes tailored training programmes and step-by-step features on key skills and in-it-to-win-it racing strategies. It also includes a guide to the world's top road, off-road and track races, with profiles of champions and the lowdown on famous competitions. It contains over 200 photos that evoke the thrills of the race as well as offering helpful guidance on riding positions and key manoeuvres. Among the most challenging sports in the world, competitive cycling is a high-speed, high-adrenaline experience and this book is the essential handbook for novices and more accomplished racers alike. Complete with detailed sections on road, off-road and track racing, this book will guide you through every different type of racing, from the intensity of time-trialling to the unique challenges of cyclo-cross and triathalon. Advice on bike selection for each style of racing is included, with step-by-step instructions to teach you essential skills and strategies to get ahead of the pack. All the great races are covered, with information on the different stages of each and profiles of champions. To help you on your way to racing success, tailored training programmes and specialized drills are provided so you can reach top-level fitness.
  • ANMDK
    Chris Froome
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    The Climb by Chris Froome - the inspirational memoir from the British winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome's journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey victory in the 2013 Tour de France. A journey unlike any other in the history of cycling, Froome has crossed continents, overcome the death of his mother and conquered debilitating illness to follow his dreams and represent Team GB and Team Sky. He has experienced soaring triumphs, humbling defeats, a public rivalry with Bradley Wiggins and, most recently, the pressures of Lance Armstrong's legacy. Extraordinary, revealing and life-affirming, The Climb is a story of determination, hardship and unimaginable success. Chris Froome was born in Nairobi in 1985 to British parents. He was educated and raised in South Africa and now races for Team GB and Team Sky. In 2011 he finished second overall in the Vuelta a Espana. In 2012 he finished runner-up to Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and won the Bronze medal in the Time Trial at the Olympic Games. Froome amassed five stage-race victories in 2013, with triumphs at the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine leading into a dominant win at the 100th Tour de France. He won the prestigious Velo d'Or award for best rider of 2013 and was shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. In 2014 he won the Tour of Oman, the Tour de Romandie and finished runner-up in the Vuelta a Espana.
  • AAGDR
    Mark Beaumont
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    On 15 February 2008, Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 194 days and 17 hours previously, he had begun his attempt to circumnavigate the world in record time. Mark smashed the Guinness World Record by an astonishing 81 days. He had travelled more than 18,000 miles on his own through some of the harshest conditions one man and his bicycle can endure, camping wild at night and suffering from constant ailments. "The Man Who Cycled the World" is the story not just of that amazing achievement, but of the events that turned Mark Beaumont into the man he is today. From the early years of his free-spirited childhood in the Scottish countryside to present day, he has been equally determined not to settle for an average existence, but to break free and follow his dreams.
  • AFFSJ
    Chris Santella
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    In the ninth addition to his bestselling "Fifty Places" series, author Chris Santella is back at it again, this time exploring the world on bikes with Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die. Biking has grown increasingly popular in recent years, as both a leisure and extreme exercise activity and Chris cover trips for cyclists of every level. Fifty Places to Bike covers environments as varied as the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the Tour de Tuli through Botswana, and the urban jungle of New York City. With a healthy mix of international and national locations, the fifty chapters capture breathtaking vistas cyclists will enjoy around the world. As always the places are brought to life with more than 40 stunning colour photographs.
  • ABEOX
    Michael Embacher
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    An homage to the beauty of two wheels, "Cyclepedia" is a celebration of the best bicycles designed over the past 90 years. Among this unique selection of exemplary bicycles are classic racing bikes that been in such events as the Tour de France, high-tech machines that use the latest in material science and aerodynamics, eccentric bikes designed for specific purposes such as cycling on ice, and rarities that are coveted by serious collectors. Gift book, reference, inspiration, fun, "Cyclepedia" will inspire lust and envy in bike nuts, commuting cyclists and design aesthetes everywhere.
  • AFJRA
    William Fotheringham
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    In 2012 Bradley Wiggins made history by becoming the first Briton ever to win the Tour de France. His compatirot Chris Froome came second while fellow Brits, the 'fastest man on earth' Mark Cavendish and reformed doper David Millar, made sure that between them Britain accounted for 7 of a possible 21 stage wins. Great Britain had conquered the Tour de France. In "Roule Britannia", number one bestselling author William Fotheringham, charts British cycling's rise to the top. From the early days of Brian Robinson to Bradley Wiggins' dominant ride via Tom Simpson, Robert Millar, Chris Boardman and many others, "Roule Britannia" celebrates a nation's love affair with the greatest race of all.
  • AKWEP
    Tom Ambrose
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    For an invention that has only been around for 200 years, the simple bicycle has changed the world in many ways. It democratised travel for the first time, allowing ordinary people to travel at reasonable speed without need of a horse, to commute further afield to work and to enjoy the benefits of the countryside. It has challenged social conventions, granting women a new-found freedom, and it has played an important role in wartime, whether used by British paratroopers or in Vietnamese supply lines. Today, despite the prevalence of the car, the bicycle is as important as ever, with more cycles appear on city streets each year. Bikes come in all shapes and sizes and the history of cycling is on of innovation in design: from Macmillan's first pedal-driven cycle to the eccentric Dursley Pedersen, and from the 1960s iconic Moulton to the free-styling BMX, the humble cycle continues to surprise and delight in equal measure. Illustrated in full colour with a wide range of photographs, The History of Cycling in Fifty bikes tells the story of the bicycle through 50 iconic machines, starting with the first primitive wooden two-wheelers through to carbon-fibre super bikes and the designs of the future, celebrating sporting achievements, technological advances and world records along with way.
  • AACHD
    Mark Cavendish
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    This title now contains a brand new chapter detailing Mark's record breaking 2009 Tour. "Boy Racer" steps behind the scenes of the Tour de France. It unmasks the exotic, contradictory, hysterical and brutal world of professional cycling from the compellingly candid viewpoint of someone right in the thick of it. Written off as 'fat' and 'useless' in his youth, Mark Cavendish is now cycling's brightest star. His extraordinary quadruple stage-win at last year's Tour proved him Britain's best ever cyclist. Some have called him cocky, but to anyone who doesn't like his style, Mark will simply shrug his shoulders and reply, 'I know I'm good. There's no point lying about it'. Peers say that they have never seen anyone with Cavendish's hunger for success and while this fearlessness - both in the saddle and on the record - has at times led to controversy, it has also earned him the respect of ever more fans. In "Boy Racer" we follow him through the mayhem of the Tour de France in a page-turning journey of pure exhilaration.
  • AEHFS
    John Foot
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    Cycling was a sport so important in Italy that it marked a generation, sparked fears of civil war, changed the way Italian was spoken, led to legal reform and even prompted the Pope himself to praise a cyclist, by name, from his balcony in St Peter's in Rome. It was a sport so popular that it created the geography of Italy in the minds of her citizens, and some have said that it was cycling, not political change, that united Italy. Pedalare! Pedalare! is the first complete history of Italian cycling to be published in English. The book moves chronologically from the first Giro d'Italia (Italy's equivalent of the Tour de France) in 1909 to the present day. The tragedies and triumphs of great riders such as Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali appear alongside stories of the support riders, snow-bound mountains and the first and only woman to ride the whole Giro. Cycling's relationship with Italian history, politics and culture is always up front, with reference to fascism, the cold war and the effect of two world wars. The sport is explored alongside changes in Italian society as a whole, from the poor peasants who took up cycling in the early, pioneering period, to the slick, professional sport of today. Scandals and controversy appear throughout the book as constant features of the connection between fans, journalists and cycling. Concluding with an examination of doping, which has helped to destroy what was at one time the most popular sport of all, Pedalare, Pedalare is an engrossing history of a national passion.
  • AGHOF
    Jack Thurston
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    LOST LANES will take you on 36 meandering tours of the most beautiful and hidden destinations in southern England. The book includes: Route overviews, distances and maps Overnight stops, from B&Bs to camping under the stars Best pubs and tea stops Wild swims, breathtaking views and fascinating history How to access each ride by train (no car required!) So take off on a trip past hedgerows and open meadows, along sparkling rivers and wild seashores, and see it all from the best vantage point of all: that humble yet extraordinary transport of delight, the bicycle. MOBILE DEVICES & DOWNLOADS All the routes in this book are supported by downloadable route instructions you can print out take with you, plus a GPX navigation fi le for your GPS device or smartphone app. The book is also available as a smartphone app for Android and iPhone.
  • AGKIF
    Victoria Pendleton
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    The Golden Girl of British cycling opens up, for the first time, in searingly honest detail about what drives her to compete in a sport she no longer loves. Written with Donald McRae, 2-time winner of the William Hill Award, "Between the Lines" is a gripping story of success against the odds. Victoria Pendleton MBE is not your typical female athlete. Admired as much by the weekly glossies as she is the newspaper back pages, she transcends her sport. In 2005 she became first British female to win Gold at the cycling World Championships in 40 years. She followed it up with gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and another World Championship in 2007. Arriving in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, Pendleton was on top of the world, taking Gold and joining the ranks of British Olympic heroes. And then it started to go wrong. Feted by the press and the public alike, behind the scenes the cracks and strains started to show. Despite retaining her World Champion status in 2009, it was a close run thing and her shield of invincibility started to drop. Victoria was falling out of love with her sport. The sport that had made her was starting to tear her apart. Between the Lines documents the considerable lows as well as the highs and reveals what it took to turn her life around and achieve glory at London 2012.
  • AJXRU
    Clive Forth
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    The Great British Road Rides Guide will inspire you to plan spectacular road rides. Road-tested by experienced rider Clive Forth, the 55 fun, flowing routes have been selected for their lack of traffic, their variation and their stunning views of the British landscape. * Routes from all across the UK * Each ride features a route map, an elevation map and concise information on length, climbs and rail links, along with a descriptive ride-through * Rides vary from 30km to 200km, with climbs of 200m to 3000m * Includes two 'Taste Le Tour' rides for each of the two Tour de France stages in Yorkshire, and information on the Giro D'Italia routes in Ireland.
  • AJLRL
    Charly Wegelius
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    For 11 years I was a professional cyclist, competing in the hardest and greatest races on Earth. I was in demand from the world's best teams, a well-paid elite athlete. But I never won a race. I was the hired help. When my mum dropped me off in a small French town aged 17, I was full of determination to be a professional cyclist, but I was completely green. I went from mowing the team manager's lawn to winning every amateur race I entered. Then I turned pro and realised I hated the responsibility and pressure of chasing victory. And that's when I became a domestique. I learned to take that hurt and give it everything I had to give, all for someone else's win. When the order came in to ride it was I pushed out with the hardest rhythm I could, dragging the group faster and faster, until my whole body screamed with pain. There were times I rode myself to a standstill, clutching the barrier metres from the line, as the lead group shot past. But that's what made me a so good at my job. As my career took off, I started looking at the fans lining the route, cheering us like heroes. The passion for cycling oozed off them, but they couldn't know what it was really like. They didn't see the terrible hotels, the crazy egos or all the shit that goes with great expectations. Well, this is how it is.
  • ABNFB
    Robert Penn
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    The bicycle is one of mankind's greatest inventions - and the most popular form of transport in history. Robert Penn has ridden one most days of his adult life. In his late 20s, he pedalled 40,000 kilometres around the world. Yet, like cyclists everywhere, the utilitarian bikes he currently owns don't even hint at this devotion. Robert needs a new bike, a bespoke machine that reflects how he feels when he's riding it - like an ordinary man touching the gods. "It's All About the Bike" is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike. En route, Robert explores the culture, science and history of the bicycle. From Stoke-on-Trent, where an artisan hand builds his frame, to California, home of the mountain bike, where Robert tracks down the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan and Coventry, birthplace of the modern bicycle, this is the narrative of our love affair with cycling. It's a tale of perfect components - parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty. It tells how the bicycle has changed the course of human history, from the invention of the 'people's nag' to its role in the emancipation of women, and from the engineering marvel of the tangent-spoked wheel to the enduring allure of the Tour de France. It's the story of why we ride, and why this simple machine remains central to life today.
  • AJWCV
    Mark Cavendish
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    The hottest sprinter in the world - Telegraph Mark Cavendish is the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France's green jersey, the first to wear the iconic rainbow jersey in almost 50 years and our only ever rider to capture the Giro d'Italia points title. He is the most prolific sprinter in the Tour's history, and - according to L'Equipe - the best sprinter of all time. But smashing records and racking up victories means whole new levels of fame: and this has come at a price. Living in the goldfish bowl, he has come under fire for his bombastic riding style and been portrayed as everything from an outlaw to a psychopath. Joining Sky in 2012, Cav soon found his own sprint interests to be incompatible with the team's other goals, while the expectations of a nation made his London Olympic failure hard to take. In At Speed Cav takes you through the highs and lows of it all in intimate detail. This is a take-no-prisoners account of life at the pinnacle of his sport, and learning how to survive in the fast lane, both on and off the bike.
  • AKHSO
    Juliet Macur
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    A fly-on-the-wall account of the greatest drama in modern sporting history by the New York Times cycling correspondent. As Lance Armstrong's precipitous fall from grace continues, New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur takes the reader behind the scenes to bring to life the astonishing twists and turns of the scandal that has rocked the world of cycling. With unprecedented access to the key players in the drama - from Armstrong's fellow cyclists and top cycling officials to doctors, trainers and wives - Cycle of Lies reveals how Armstrong built a fortress of people around him to protect his image and upend the lives of anybody who stood in his way. As America's fallen idol faces potential perjury charges, Cycle of Lies widens the focus to expose corruption at all levels of the sport in a thrilling, page-turning work of contemporary narrative history.
  • AYNBH
    Hannah Grant
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    The long awaited ultimate performance cookbook, a modern classic, a must-have for all cycling aficionados serious about nutritional intake. Translated from the original in Danish, Hannah Grant's unmissable cookbook takes you through a 3 week, with 350-pages of easy-to-prepare recipes containing allergy friendly, natural, un-processed foods, The Grand Tour Cookbook is the ultimate companion in the kitchen for athletes. Based on actual food prepared for professional cycling's grueling 3-week Grand Tours including the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and the Vuelta, this book is a guide on how to cook, what to eat and how to maximize athletic performance throughout the year. Hannah Grant has a background in modern sports nutrition and The Grand Tour Cookbook focuses on the challenges presented by the caloric requirements of an endurance athlete: solutions are presented that comprise a beneficial carbohydrate intake, a bounty of ideas to keep vegetables, proteins and good fats captivating and mouth-watering. Maximise your performance by changing the way you eat - lose weight, get more energy, conquer those goals and become a successful rider. Acknowledged by the world's best restaurant executive head chef Rene Redzepi (NOMA, Copenhagen), the book also features insight and experience from Exercise Physiologist-Nutrition Scientist Stacy T Sims, MSc, PhD, World Tour riders: Alberto Contador, Peter Sagan, Michael Rogers, Nicholas Roche, Ivan Basso, Roman Kreuziger, Matti Brechel, Michael Valgren, Michael Morkov, Christoffer Juul, Chris Anker, Sports Director Nicki Sorensen and Body Therapist Kristoffer Glavind Kjaer. Read opinions on food and nutrition for body and mind and how they optimise performance through eating intelligently.
  • AVMNQ
    Guy Andrews
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    'It never gets easier, you just go faster.' Greg LeMond Being a three-time Tour de France winner is only half of the Greg LeMond story. Equally at home on the cobbles of the spring classics as he was on the mountains of the grand tours LeMond rode a full racing season from spring to autumn. His never-say-die spirit also bagged him two World Championship golds and a hatful of podiums at the world's toughest bike races. LeMond was a talented all-rounder, with a reputation as one of the canniest and taciturn racers of his generation. He was admired by his peers and respected by many of his rivals. But things could have been very different, when in 1987 his story took a tragic turn: While out hunting, he was accidentally shot. He lost so much blood that his life hung in the balance, but his recovery was as miraculous as what happened next, when he came back to the world of bicycle racing. In LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer, which presents LeMond's career year by year, big wins are documented with unique and exclusive photography depicting the racing times of this exceptional bike rider. Many of the protagonists in LeMond's world - rivals, team mates and friends - have been interviewed. They speak candidly about his career, how their lives crossed and his legacy in the sport of cycling. Foreword by Greg LeMond.
  • AWXMN
    Fabian Cancellara
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    A fully authorised celebration of renowned Tour de France rider and two-time Olympic champion cyclist Fabian Cancellara. Curated and with commentary by Cancellara himself, this is a richly illustrated book showcasing the best photographs from throughout his career. Cancellara is one of the greatest cyclists of the last decade - he conquered the hearts of many cycle fans around the world. 2016, his last year as a professional cyclist, has seen him win gold in the Olympic men's individual time trial and, such is his status in world cycling, the Tour de France was rerouted in his honour athrough his home town in Switzerland. Featuring 25 key career moments, chosen and described by Fabian, this is a very personal and highly illuminating book. This is the official 'goodbye' to his fans and celebrate the key moments of his marvellous career.
  • AUUFK
    Michael Blann
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    Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs, brings together a body of work by photographer Michael Blann into a luxury coffee table book. Photographed over a period of 3 years the work charts the most famous European climbs within the history of cycling. Using a high definition camera and often working from helicopters, the images demonstrate the beauty of these mountains, through all seasons and during the Grand Tours when the mountains and roads are transformed with the sights and sounds of millions of fans. Under pinning the work are essays from leading current and former professional cyclists including Romain Bardet, Greg LeMond, Stephen Roche, Geraint Thomas, Lizzie Armitstead, Robert Millar, Andy Hampsten, Ivan Basso, plus more, who recount their personal recollections and memories from within the pro peloton.