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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:05 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

that sound's interesting Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More info for those that are interested ....

http://www.rouleur.cc/maglia-rosa
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope your coffee table is big enough, Bartali!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nolte wrote:
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William Fotheringham is writing Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi (due June '09) which I'm sure will interest many here.


i have just started this Smile


I read that last year and liked it. Enjoy. I'd like to read some stuff on Bartali too but I don't think I've spotted any such book.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots and lots of them in Italian ... but I haven't come across one in english.  There is a feature film in Italian and the Australian version has english subtitles.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Bartali-Iro...ash=item19c229e67a#ht_2981wt_1002
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali during the war without any cycling could probably make a good book.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a few new books scheduled for the summer and a TDF cash-in:

A Sean Kelly autobiography (a must)

A Charley Wegelius autobiography on his life as a domestique (erm, less tempting)

A Sean Yates autobiography (unfortunately titled "It's All About the Bike" - oh dear)

A Ned Boulting book about British cycling (probably as "amusing" as his TV work)

A Rob Hayles autobiography (a detailed discussion of his 50.3% haematocrit at the Worlds... or possibly not)

Edit - there's a William Fotheringham book called Racing Hard which might be quite good too: articles and commentary on the last 20 years of cycling
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My pal of the book gifts just gave me a copy of the Boulting book.  I will report.

I start it with a memory of pleasant reading on the Yellow Jumper one.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't see SK's book being much good. Everyone I know who's came across him says he's a dour personality who keeps his cards close to his chest. Nowt wrong with that, but not the ingredients for an enthralling autobiography.

Wegelius', however, could he a cracker.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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More info for those that are interested ....

http://www.rouleur.cc/maglia-rosa


Reading this at the moment and it is excellent.  I like the Vuelta book but thought some of the Spanish general history was a bit hurried due to the space they had for each year, whereas similar general Italian history is woven nicely into the story.

I'm up to Binda's negotiations for missing the Giro due to his dominance, and riding the TdF instead.  He was a smart guy  Wink

From the early years i've read in Maglia, there's much in common with the TdF with regards to cheating - taking the trains, tacks on the road, beatings & blocked roads.  Cycling back then always makes me think of 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines'.  From the abundance of stories there should be a great script for a cycling farce, or maybe something a little darker from Scorsese.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished 'Slaying the Badger' yesterday, great read!  Lot's of interesting stuff, too much to take in in one go so will read it again later on in the year.

On one page he mentions Davis Phinney & another rider called Poppel - i assume it's his sons who are now pro's?  Kochli is interesting, his use of data seemed pretty modern but liked his idea of controlling the race by riders getting into breaks, rather than the team drilling it on the front.  I think it was Panasonic that gets the credit for the 'train' tactics.

Picked up 'Road to Valour' from the library today.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Finished 'Slaying the Badger' yesterday, great read!  Lot's of interesting stuff, too much to take in in one go so will read it again later on in the year.

On one page he mentions Davis Phinney & another rider called Poppel - i assume it's his sons who are now pro's?  Kochli is interesting, his use of data seemed pretty modern but liked his idea of controlling the race by riders getting into breaks, rather than the team drilling it on the front.  I think it was Panasonic that gets the credit for the 'train' tactics.

Picked up 'Road to Valour' from the library today.


Aye, Slaying the Badger is a right good read, and I was struck by how Kochli came across as a Brailsford forerunner.  I seem to recall the Panasonic and Superconfex trains scrapping it out regularly in the late eighties, but surely the Dutch would never succumb to infighting would they? Rolling Eyes
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Hehehe @ the Dutch Gerry!  I know about their excellent unity from the football team over the years but didn't realise it extended to other sports.

I put down Cav's first biography half-way thru as i found it dull, to read 'Slaying' which i could've read in one go.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading Charlie Wegelius's book, Domestique: The Real-life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro, at the moment - very enjoyable.

I also recently enjoyed the Matt Rendell book - Olympic Gangster: The Legend of José Beyaert - Cycling Champion, Fortune Hunter and Outlaw - which was a fascinating read, encompassing so much more than just cycling. Just an interesting life story about a guy who was a successful pro cyclist at one point in his life.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit late to the party, but am now most of the way through The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle (though probably the only person on here to be reading it in the Hungarian translation  Wink ).

Don't know what anyone else thought, but it does seem to be brutally honest and gives a realistic version of events?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I very much enjoyed that book as well.  In fact, I read a few other cycling books this year, all of which were quite entertaining and informative.  I am about to spend a bit to buy two or three for this year.  

Any suggestions for new or old books that you liked are welcome.

Richard Moore, Sky's the Limit (Team Sky to 2012)
Ellis Bacon and Lionel Birnie, The Cycling Anthology (vol. 4)
Chris McHutchinson and Neil Blundell, Mid-Life Cyclists
Nicole Cooke, The Breakaway
Ellis Bacon and Lionel Birnie, The Cycling Anthology, vol 3 (2014)
Richard Moore, Etape: the Untold Stories of TdF's Defining Stages

But the best book I read this year was Neal Stephenson, The Baroque Cycle.  2500 pages, trilogy.  Bloody brilliant.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Road to Valor: The true story of a cyclist who inspired a nation.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last year of all the books I read, none were cycling books Sad

The nearest thing to one was "thirty days" by annelies verbeke, set in Belgium's part of westhoek. The kemmelberg did get a mention in it and a little bit about cycling in general. Also most of the surnames used I think she took from cyclists names.

I did buy "monuments" by peter cossins in December so that is on my bloated tbr shelf waiting to be picked
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fontfroide wrote:

Any suggestions for new or old books that you liked are welcome.


Like Nolte, I haven't read any other cycling-related books recently, but maybe I'll post in the book thread in the Coffee Lounge about other books before long...
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Bartali wrote:
Road to Valor: The true story of a cyclist who inspired a nation.


In case any of you wonder what this book is about …. you probably guessed anyway … Gino Bartali.


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