The release of “The Game Changers,” a documentary about athletes switching to non-meat diets, in 2019, aroused considerable interest and some controversy. On the other hand, GCN's “The Plant-Based Cyclist,” a book that also came out in 2019, is striking for its low-key delivery of useful information for those considering changes in nutrition.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines an almanac as “a book published every year that includes information for that year such as important days, times of the sun rising and going down, or changes in the moon.” “The Road Book 2020” may not contain information on lunar phases but is a truly indispensable reference guide to the ups and down of this unique year in racing.
Deceuninck - Quick-Step, the self-proclaimed “Wolfpack” functions at a very high level in terms of teamwork and nowhere is this more obviously portrayed than in the video “The Wolfpack Insider: Tour de France 2020,” which gives an intimate view of the team's campaign at the grandest of Grand Tours.
What hath Covid-19 wrought? While the pro bike racing season was on-and-off-again outdoors, there was a surge in the popularity of e-racing, even with some virtual races actually contested by top riders, inside riding is now clearly A Big Thing. Striking while the iron is hot, noted coach Joe Friel's latest book looks at this trend and how to use it.
In mid-May a new website was launched to provide a venue for some well-known journalists to provide quality writing for bike racing fans. The site has delivered on its promise and the collective efforts of those involved has now become a book: “Racing in the Time of Covid,” a veritable Journal of the Plague Year.
Beryl Burton was one of Britain's greatest athletes and one of the best cyclists ever, a story brought to life and beautifully told in the DVD “Racing is Life - The Beryl Burton Story.”
Australia, once deemed primarily suitable as a dumping-off place for convicts, is in fact a stunningly beautiful land. Its wild countryside has attracted explorers and adventurers, but cycling around it takes a special dedication. Some of the brave and/or eccentric souls who did are the subjects of a new book by Daniel Oakman, “Wild Ride.”
The Covid-19 delayed 2020 Tour de France has eventually started and we all hope it will go all the way to Paris in three weeks time, but at least we have racing to watch. To go along with what we will see on the TV, Rapha have put together a collection of Tour maps covering each year from 1903 until 2018.