“Hearts of Lions,” a history of American bicycle racing, was originally released in 1989 and told the story of the ups and downs of the sport until the moment when Greg LeMond won the Tour in 1986. Now an expanded edition has been released that catches up with the three decades since, taking us up to the 2016 Olympics.
It's generally accepted that people are drawn to compelling stories that show a person's transformation from “Before” to “After,” a physical change that in fact heralds a very different life. And one very remarkable example of this is the story of Sue Reynolds in her book “The Athlete Inside.”
We have shelves full of books about the great climbs of the world, and about effective training but, oddly, one cannot recall a book specifically devoted to the art and practice of going uphill. Now Selene Yeager, has nicely filled that gap with her book, “Climb!", which indeed deserves the exclamation mark.
2017 marked the 200th anniversary of Baron Drais's ride around Mannheim on his Laufmaschine, generally held to be the predecessor of our carbon-framed, electronically-shifted disc-braked wonder bicycles. From then to now, with its detours, fashion victims, and astringent personalities, is the subject of well-known British author Michael Hutchinson's book.
Bookshelf: On January 2 every year there is a big event in Castellania, a tiny village in Italy's Piedmont region. This year the morning began with a mass in the little church, there was a special opening of Casa Coppi, and in the afternoon a visit to nearby Novi Ligure and the Museo dei Campionissimi. Because on January 2, 1960, sixty years ago, Fausto Coppi died and a cycling legend began.
Tomorrow, November 11th, marks the end of World War I, the “War To End All Wars,” as it turned out to be inaccurately described. Throughout the world ceremonies will take place to note the end of that conflict 100 years ago, but also to remember those who died in other wars, both those serving their countries and civilians who lost their lives or suffered through the trauma.
For many of us, a bike ride is the opportunity to escape from everyday life. We can think about things undisturbed or just concentrate on the ride itself. For Paul Maunder, the author of “The Wind at My Back,” cycling is a chord that is strummed through the passages of his life, blending exertion, landscape and philosophy.
MAMIL—here we are all familiar with the acronym that means “Middle Aged Men in Lycra.” Some of us cringe when we hear it but others are proud to wear the shoes (or shorts) it they fit. Two British riders—one a writer, the other a photographer—revel in their MAMILishness in “Twelve Months in the Saddle,” an account of their bicycling adventures in one calendar year.
2017 marked the 200th anniversary of Baron Drais's ride around Mannheim on his Laufmaschine, generally held to be the predecessor of our carbon-framed, electronically-shifted disc-braked wonder bicycles. From then to now, with its detours, fashion victims, and astringent personalities, is the subject of well-known British author Michael Hutchinson's latest book.