Film Review: Every cyclist's fantasy, perhaps, is to ride in the Tour de France but sometimes it might be better for that wish to be unfulfilled. The recent film, “Le Ride,” shows what happens when two enthusiasts honour the first English-speaking team in the Tour and duplicate that 1928 event today.
There are athlete celebrities who get ghost-written about them. Then there are people who never appear in the newspaper sports pages, people whose performances are never debated online. But sometimes those people have a direct and unforgettable effect on others.
Having spent the better part of the last 30+ years engrossed in cycling, I know many of the book titles on offer and always look forward to each season’s new offerings. Few are authoritative in the manner of Human Kinetics’ recently published Cycling Science by Dr. Stephen Cheung and Dr. Mikel Zabala.
PEZ Bookshelf: It said, in that hackneyed phrase, that a picture is worth a thousand words and this is perhaps true in our favourite sport of cycling, which has not produced a great deal of immortal literature but an endless stream of memorable images. Velopedia provides a highly original and striking new approach to looking at cycling.
Graeme Obree was undoubtably one of the sports icons in the 90s, but he was also inventive. His two riding positions changed the World, but Obree has not stopped, he has turned his hand to human powered speed records. Leslie Reissner reviews the feature-length DVD exploring Obree's work process and philosophy.
Italian book “Bicycles: Past, Present and Future” by Roberto Gurian, with graphic design by Maria Cucchi, has been translated by Robert Bethel into English, but marvelous bike photos speak in all languages. PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, gives us his thoughts on this wonderful bike book.
The best gifts are often great books, and with over 50 cycling books reviewed in the PEZ archives, it's a small step to humbly suggest some of my personal favorites. Here's 10 of the best cycling books to make your holiday reading and shopping a little easier.
The euphemism “to kick the bucket” for dying dates back to around 1785 but the “Bucket List” is a term of more recent derivation, seeming to have been coined with the release of the 2006 movie of the same name. The Cyclist's Bucket List by Ian Dille is a book that shows us just how deep that bucket might be and how varied its contents when it comes to the passionate pastime of cycling.