- bike books to read?
Read this on holiday a couple of years ago, great book, highly recomended.
“By his eighteenth birthday David Millar was living and racing in France, sleeping in rented rooms, tipped to be the next English-speaking Tour winner. A year later he’d realised the dream and signed a professional contract. He perhaps lived the high life a little too enthusiastically – he broke his heel in a fall from a roof after too much drink, and before long the pressure to succeed had tipped over into doping. Here, in a full and frank autobiography, David Millar recounts the story from the inside: he doped because ‘cycling’s drug culture was like white noise’, and because of peer pressure. ‘I doped for money and glory in order to guarantee the continuation of my status.’ Five years on from his arrest, Millar is clean and reflective, and holds nothing back in this account of his dark years.”Posted 3 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Ned Boulting’s are great
Cavendish’s were much better than I expected
French Revolutions – Tim Moore?
Really enjoyed “Riding Through the Storm” by Geoff Thomas, the footballer – his story of how he beat cancer and rode the TdF route inspired by some lying American bloke. Pulls no punches on the cancer or the ride, but interesting twist with him being “oh that Geoff Thomas”Posted 3 years agorp16vMember
Just changed my job I now have a hour dinner instead of 30 mins so mother has purchased me
The bike snob book “systematically & mercilessly realigning the world of cycling”
After pointing it out in waterstones
I haven’t got into a book sins my first spent allot of time in nicu so a deal was struck if she buys it I have to read it or pay her back
So what cycle related book in/on your desk/coffee table/next to toilet?Posted 3 years agoNobbySubscriber
I quite liked both of Cav’s books and:
The Secret Race -Tyler Hamilton
Obsessive, Compulsive Cycling Disorder – Dave Barter
Racing Hard – William Fotheringham
Fallen Angel – William Fotheringham
I’ve had Domestique by Charly Wegelius recommended to me by a couple of people so will give that a try once I’ve finished Guy Martin’s autobiography.Posted 3 years agoscudMember
Best one i’ve read recently was “Faster” by Michael Hutchinson, very well written and humorous look at the science of cycling.
+1 Tyler Hamilton’s “The Secret Race”, amazing the lengths they went to doping from someone there doing it with Lance Armstrong.
Also really liked the 2 Ned Boulting books, again well written and humuorous.Posted 3 years agopondoMember
Really enjoyed “Riding Through the Storm” by Geoff Thomas
D’you know, I struggled with that a bit.
In order –
The Hour, and Faster, both by Michael Hutchinson – both fantastic, very funny, and with more useful facts and info than any other book on cycling you’ll read
Chasing The Badger, In Search Of Robert Millar, Heroes, Villains And Velodromes, and The Sky’s The Limit, by Richard Moore – really like his writing, tells a story really well, easy-paced but loads of interesting stuff.
+1 for One Man And His Bike, and Racing Through The Dark, both shouted previously. William Fotheringham’s stuff, it’s all right but I find that quite hard going – it’s a bit like he’s trying hard to make it artful, instead of just telling the story. He doesn’t remove himself from it either, which is an ironic criticism bearing in mind my appreciation of Michael Hutchinson and Richard Moore, but whilst them being in their books is part and parcel of the narrative, Fothers feels a bit more like he’s waving an “I was there too!” flag sometimes.Posted 3 years ago
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