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  • pegasus
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    Looking for some recommendations please. I've read:
    One More Kilometre And We're In The Showers,
    Blazing Saddles,
    The Rider,
    The Escape Artist,
    It's Not About The Bike,
    Every Second Counts,
    Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.(the Crane's)
    What next? and thanks in advance.

    imp999
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    French Revolutions by Tim Moore. Humourous.Very.

    + 1 for Tim Moore – his other books are worth reading as well.
    The man who cycled the world.
    Inside the postal bus.
    Bad blood.
    Put me back on my bike.

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    Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage is an interesting if slightly bitter insight into the tour.

    samuri
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    The Flying Scotsman
    In search of Robert Millar.

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    A Dog in a Hat
    Tomorrow, We Ride
    Need for the Bike
    One More Kiometre and We're in the Showers
    The Eagle of the Canavese
    The Beautiful Machine

    olympic gangster by matt rendell.

    pegasus
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    great recommendations….

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    The Death of Marco Pantani

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    In Pursuit of Glory (Brad Wiggins)
    Heroes, Villians and Velodromes (Chris Hoy content but charts rise of British Cycling in general)
    Cav autobiography – can't remember the name

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    Ghost Trails by Jill Homer – about her riding the Iditarod.

    #cough cough MrsFlash, can I have it back please 🙂 #

    Andyhilton
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    23 days in july
    a dog in a hat
    bad blood

    wors
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    Just reading the man who cycled the world, Mark Beaumont. Its a very good read.

    deadlydarcy
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    The one I wouldn't recommend is the Graeme Obree one…The Flying Scotsman…really found it a drudge to read…full of self pity and badly written.

    Some people love it though.

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    The one I wouldn't recommend is

    Bad Blood. In another age, when cycling isn't that popular, poorly written, repetitive turgidity like this wouldn't even elicit a publisher's rejection letter.

    UnderTheWood
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    The Rider by Tim Krabbe
    + 1 for The Death of Marco Pantani

    finbar
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    Ten Points, by Bill Strickland. Inspiring & uplifting, harrowing & disgusting in equal measures.

    Oh, and if there's any runners reading this thread:

    It was out of press for years and i tracked down a copy from a very kindly American, but it's recently been reprinted. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    Ed2001
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    A dog in a hat
    A Peiper's tale
    In search of Rober Millar

    llama
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    I thought A Dog In a Hat was not up to much. Mildly interesting but too much first I did this, and then I did that, and then I did this, and then and then …..

    In Search of Robert Millar is good

    French Revolutions is good

    The Marco Pantani one – I Liked it – but its a total car crash by the end so don't read it if you ever admired him

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    In Search of Stardom – isn't on the A-list but hasn't been mentioned yet.
    A Significant Other – more Matt Rendell, rather good.

    The David Walsh thing – is it called Lance to Landis – another drug thing anyway. Incredibly methodical and really pretty damning.

    Macavity
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    Cycling is My Life : Tom Simpson
    Two Wheels to the Top: Reg Harris
    The Agong and the Ecstacy: Stephen Roche
    Champion on Two Wheels: Hugh Porter
    Watching the Wheels Go Round: Barry Hoban
    A Peipers Tale: Allan Peiper
    The Bernard Hinault Story

    lazlo53
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    Round the World on a Wheel (J Foster Fraser) you won't read anything better.

    Bear
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    three men on a bike

    lazlo53
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    and definitely not tmoab

    gwaelod
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    Josie Dew – Wind in my wheels…well I enjoyed it.

    Two Wheels North (Evelyn McDaniel Gibb)
    Santa Rosa to Seattle by bike in 1909 [/url]

    rusty trowel
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    Paris-Roubaix: A journey through hell
    Sex, lies and handlebar tape (Jacques Anquetil)

    higthepig
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    +1 to:
    The Death of Marco Pantani
    The Flying Scotsman In search of Robert Millar
    French Revolutions

    mrsflash
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    I odn't know, you borrow a book, forget to return it for 7 months, and all they do is moan 🙄 Sorry Kat, but at least I remebered it today and I didn't even see this thread!

    GF is reading the Postal Bus one at the moment, he's enjoying that. Breaking the Chain (i think that's what it's called) by Willy Voets is an interesting read.

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    Kings of the Mountains by Matt Rendell – tells the story of (road) riders coming out of the poverty and political unrest of Columbia to compete against the best.

    hockropper
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    Heroes ,Villans and Velodromes Richard Moore
    The hour Michael Hutchinson

    rusty trowel
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    +1 the hour, great book

    holmes81
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    Roule Britannia: A History of Britons in the Tour De France
    William-Fotheringham

    Rather interesting.

    Spamf
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    I can't believe no-ones suggested Thunder and Sunshine by Alistair Humphreys. Its the second half of his world tour…and quite amazing. Can't get through in the Yukon due to forest fires, so buys a canoe and heads off down the river. Crosses Siberia in winter so all the river crossings are frozen. And all on his student loans.

    mefty
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    I was struggling to find one that hadn't already been recommended, but I succeeded – Yellow Jersey by Ralph Hurne.

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    Paris – Roubaix : A Journey Through Hell

    Someone mentioned it above, but I thought I would too. Brilliant book with some fantastic photos.

    Whyte1
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    Discovery Road

    samuri
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    The one I wouldn't recommend is the Graeme Obree one…The Flying Scotsman…really found it a drudge to read…full of self pity and badly written.

    It's not brilliantly written but it does give an amazing insight into the mental health problems experienced by so many people who ride road bikes. Introverted, self-obsessed depressives, on the whole. Quite why road riding attractives mental cases is beyond me but would certainly be worth a study grant. Look at Robert Millar. What a nutjob!

    You have to ask what comes first, the mental issues or road riding.

    mrsflash
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    That's something that quite interests me actually samuri, not just road riders though – cyclists in general – there seem to be quite a few sufferers on here (myself included) and I do often ponder the correlation of being an introverted depressive loner and being cyclist – it does seem to go hand in hand!

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