"The Curse of the Rainbow Jersey "is a peculiar lens on the history of professional cycling. It examines the infamous curse associated with wearers of the tunic awarded to the winner of the World Cycling Championships.
The opening chapters look at how the curse originated with the death of Stan Ockers in 1955, other famous sports curses (including Curse of the Bambino, the US Masters Par 3 curse, and the curse placed on the Australian soccer team by a witch doctor), and also the history of the world cycling championships.
The main body of the book is comprised of chapters dedicated to particular wearers of the rainbow jersey who were struck by misfortune, personal tragedy, or death. Examples include Paolo Bettini, whose brother died in a car crash on the way to a party to celebrate Paolo's win; Jean-Pierre Monsere, who died in a race while wearing the jersey; and Tommy Simpson, who died while racing two years after being crowned champion.
The ill fortune visited upon wearers of the rainbow jersey is bizarre and tragic; but is it anything more than random chance? The final chapter of the book evaluates whether this level of bad luck is higher than for any other sample of humanity.
A chilling look at the history of cycling, sure to fascinate any fan of the sport.
Graham Healy is a cyclist and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland.
From detailed portraits of the icons of the sport, to statistical breakdowns of the greatest road races and potted histories of its most enduring records, this collection of superbly entertaining infographics includes everything you need to know about professional cycling.
Whether it is the tallest and shortest champions, oldest and youngest Tour riders, or the richest in the peloton, Velopedia has it covered. Examining nearly all of the sport's most intriguing stories, it also includes the most memorable rivalries, heroic losers, most controversial stars and biggest scandals, not to mention the best punch-ups and mid-race mishaps. The eccentric side of the sport is here too, with kitsch kits, the strangest superstitions and most elaborate facial hair.
Charting every generation from the Victorian age to the present day, Velopedia is the perfect book for both the most devoted amateur cyclist and the armchair fan.
If it's on the bike, it's in the book.
The world of cycling is one of death-defying feats and obscure mechanical oddities, heroics and geekiness in equal measure. In Cyclopedia, renowned two-wheel aficionado and acclaimed sports writer William Fotheringham delves deep into this world to unearth rare nuggets of amazing facts and enthrallling anecdotes.
This essential book is an A-Z compendium of everything you could ever want to know about the bicycle, from the history of the Tour de France to Chris Hoy's dominance of the Beijing velodrome, from the origins of the quick-release system to the diet that powered Graeme Obree to the world hour record, from Lance Armstrong's rise and fall to the slang words used for performance-enhancing substances, from the literature of cycling to the perils of vicious dogs.
Cyclopedia has all the equipment, the races, the chases, the faces, the places, the drugs, the sex, and the scandals to convert any amateur cyclist into a fully fledged bike expert.
Eben Weiss, aka Bike Snob NYC, is the voice of cyclists everywhere. Through his popular blog he has been informing, entertaining, and critiquing the bike-riding community since 2007. With his latest book, The Ultimate Bicycle Owner's Manual, Weiss makes his vast experience and practical advice available to bike "newbies" and veterans alike. Chapters cover Obtaining a Bike, Understanding Your Bike, Maintaining Your Bike, Operating Your Bike, Off-Road Riding, Coexisting with Drivers, Competitive Cycling, Bike Travel, Cycling with Kids, and What the Future Holds for Bikes in our Communities. Weiss's humorous, down-to-earth style takes all the mystery and intimidation out of cycling and will inspire even the most hesitant couch potato to get out and ride
Eben Weiss is the blogger behind Bike Snob NYC. He is the author of Bike Snob, Bike Snob Abroad, and The Enlightened Cyclist. He lives in New York City with his family.
Cycling's vast history is a fascinating mix of gripping sporting moments, inspired pursuits and a whole host of heroes, hellions and legend-makers.
A Year in the Saddle travels through the calendar year, each day telling a single cycling story: from the death of the great Fausto Coppi, through to the dominance of Sir Chris Hoy on the veoldrome track. It takes in the highest peaks of the Tour de France and the flats of Flanders, as well as celebrating the history of the bike itself.ÿ
Cycling writer Giles Belbin brings together the most important, memorable and intriguing moments of this wide and varied history. With striking and beautiful illustrations by artist Daniel Seex, each inspired by the stories told,ÿA Year in the Saddle is a sporting treasure trove of human virtue, vice and cycling trivia.
Written for cyclists of all stripes, Best Bike Rides books offer a diverse array of scenic tours in and around some of America s largest urban destinations. Road rides, rail trails, bike paths, and single-track mountain bike rides all get included. Most"
Zinn's Cycling Primer increases a cyclist's knowledge of bike and body for faster and stronger riding. Road cyclists, mountain bikers, and triathletes will find 50 different topics to enhance their riding experience. Starting with bike set-up, Zinn reveals the experts' secrets that will bring optimal performance and comfort. Fine-tuning the body for riding comes next, and cyclists will learn more about what to eat, how to measure fitness, exercise essentials, injury prevention, stretching, and recovery. Skills for road and mountain biking cover the spectrum, from cornering, climbing, and dressing for the weather to bunny hops, descending, and riding planks. Lastly, Zinn recommends upgrades to customize a rider's bike for his or her riding requirements, and routine care to keep road and mountain bikes functioning smoothly. Lennard's wealth of experience in the cycling industry and his myriad years spent riding make for a book that is chock full of the details no one bothered to mention. Zinn's Cycling Primer has everything you need to know to enjoy riding your bike. Topics and skills are clearly described and illustrated with photographs throughout.
Finally, the authoritative resource that serious cyclists have been waiting for has arrived. The perfect blend of science and application, Cycling Science takes you inside the sport, into the training room and research lab, and onto the course.
A remarkable achievement, Cycling Science features the following:
- Contributions from 43 top cycling scientists and coaches from around the world
- The latest thinking on the rider-machine interface, including topics such as bike fit, aerodynamics, biomechanics, and pedaling technique
- Information about environmental stressors, including heat, altitude, and air pollution
- A look at health issues such as on-bike and off-bike nutrition, common injuries, fatigue, overtraining, and recovery
- Help in planning training programs, including using a power meter, managing cycling data, off-the-bike training, cycling specific stretching, and mental training
- The latest coaching and racing techniques, including pacing theories, and strategies for road, track, MTB, BMX, and ultra-distance events
In this book, editors and cycling scientists Stephen Cheung, PhD, and Mikel Zabala, PhD, have assembled the latest information for serious cyclists.
From how to choose the right bike frame to the rules of cycling in a paceline, there are things that any serious cyclist should know. This book covers all the essentials for those cyclists looking to step up their ambitions. Beautiful photography and packaging appeals to enthusiasts of all ability.
From freewheeling through tufted French vineyards and scaling the rocky, cloud-topped tracks in the Himalayas to rattling past white-washed sugar-cube houses in narrow Spanish valleys, surviving the peaks of the Yorkshire Dales to tackling truly hair-rising descents in rural Cuba, the sheer variety of routes in The 50 Greatest Cycle Rides will have you reaching for your bicycle clips, helmet and gloves.Be it for excitement, necessity, adventure or relaxation, this book has something for every cycling enthusiast. Enjoy tales of scenic single tracks, switchback climbs and routes newly discovered. It's time to get those panniers packed and sprockets checked and climb into the saddle.