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Fontfroide

Best recent cycling books

Every year I try to give myself three cycling books for Xmas, assuming others don't do it for me.  Usually I get none, since most people assume I have read "everything".  Not true of course.  For financial reasons if nothing else.

So I thought maybe if I asked all of you what are the very best books on cycling you have read in the last couple of years, I might find one or two repeatedly chosen, and I would get them instead of just trying randomly.  I just don't read anything which reviews good cycling books in English anymore.  They don't have to be new ones, they could be old ones you just got around to reading.

Any thoughts?
ventoux

Re: Best recent cycling books

Fontfroide wrote:
Every year I try to give myself three cycling books for Xmas, assuming others don't do it for me. Usually I get none, since most people assume I have read "everything". Not true of course. For financial reasons if nothing else.

So I thought maybe if I asked all of you what are the very best books on cycling you have read in the last couple of years, I might find one or two repeatedly chosen, and I would get them instead of just trying randomly. I just don't read anything which reviews good cycling books in English anymore. They don't have to be new ones, they could be old ones you just got around to reading.

Any thoughts?


my personal favourites (or the ones that spring to mind) are, in order; the Death of Marco Pantani; Robert Millar's book (can't remember what it was called...) and Slaying the Badger.... happy reading (& happy Christmas!)
Fontfroide

I recently saw Fotheringham's list of the best books of the year, and true to form, I have read none of them.  Anyone have some views on any of them?  Especially the Cycling Anthology, apparently on volume 4 even though I had never heard of it before.

Nicole Cooke, The Breakaway
Emma O Reilly, Race to Truth
Richard Moore, Etape
Ellis Bacon, Great British Cycling
The Cycling Anthology

And a public thanks to Ventoux for his response.
HuwB

Haven't read anything new recently.
Nolte is the go to guy on I would have thought.

Since you mentioned it, these just got a mention, over on the BR forum:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF...vdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7bnv2mayev_e

Along with this:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monuments...words=the+monuments+peter+cossins
gerry12ie

FF, Tommy Godwin was mentioned here before - by Maffy I think.  You could probably do worse than get a copy of his story, there is some excerpts here http://www.mousehold-press.co.uk/detail_tommy_godwin.cfm
maffy

http://oneyeartimetrial.org.uk/

http://judithswallow.wordpress.co.../01/01/a-mileating-start-to-2015/

http://trackleaders.com/oneyeartimetrial15

i'll try and remember if i liked any berks about bikes last year.

happy new year and that.
Fontfroide

I am about to try the Cycling Anthology, has anyone ever seen a copy or read one of the five volumes?

Thanks for the other recommendations so far, some of them might be in my letter box once I manage to order them.
mr shifter

gerry12ie wrote:
FF, Tommy Godwin was mentioned here before - by Maffy I think. You could probably do worse than get a copy of his story, there is some excerpts here http://www.mousehold-press.co.uk/detail_tommy_godwin.cfm
I have to ask which :-
The mile eater record holder Tommy Godwin.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Godwin_%28cyclist_born_1912%29

or

The well known Olympic cyclist Tommy Godwin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Godwin_%28cyclist_born_1920%29
Fontfroide

It is getting to be winter, and its me again.  Looking for a few new books to order to read. Although I have to say it has been up to 22 degrees today with almost full sunshine for the last few days.   However, I am looking for books to read during the colder windier rainier days.  I have several to get on with, but

For example, has anyone read Mid Life Cyclists?  Any good?
maffy

windy here. first (late) snow forecast tomorrow morning.

there's a tommy godwin year record book just published that i've not got yet

https://www.v-publishing.co.uk/books/categories/cycling/the-year.html

kurt searvogel's getting close...
gerry12ie

maffy wrote:
windy here. first (late) snow forecast tomorrow morning.

there's a tommy godwin year record book just published that i've not got yet

https://www.v-publishing.co.uk/books/categories/cycling/the-year.html

kurt searvogel's getting close...


Hadn't checked this in a while actually.  Searvogel is at 63,462 miles over 307 days so far, and needs another 11,600 miles in 58 days to hit the target.  

I noticed that he cut short a ride at 320k because of the wind!!
Nolte

Anyone read "lanterne rouge" by max Leonard, it has been sitting on my tbr shelf since I got it in Dublin in July (I think I hear the groans of the cliche of buying a cycling book in July Wink )
Fontfroide

Nolte wrote:
Anyone read "lanterne rouge" by max Leonard, it has been sitting on my tbr shelf since I got it in Dublin in July (I think I hear the groans of the cliche of buying a cycling book in July Wink )


Not read it, but anytime is a good time to buy a cycling book.  And to read it, no need to wait for winter, although sometimes I do.
Fontfroide

Just read this review of Cycling Anthology which I discovered last year, five volumes in.  I thin it is good value for sure, really cheap sometimes.

http://inrng.com/2015/11/book-review-cycling-anthology-vol6/
Biosphere

This looks like one to enjoy

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/...cling-tour-de-france-mont-ventoux

If you're the type of person that likes to come to books, movies, TV with as little pre-knowledge as possible then you might prefer to skip the 5th and 6th paragraphs in the link

Quote:
"From the vantage point of the present decade, the narrator looks back to the year when they celebrated the end of their studies . . . "
and
Quote:
"Three decades on, . . ."

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