Great Cycling books to read ?

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  1. u23livestrong

    u23livestrong New Member

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    Hello all just wondering what are some good mental training books for cyclist and tactics for cyclist too ? I own
    • The Cyclist's Training Bible
    • Racing Tactics for Cyclists


    I also have a list i have made of possible books:
    • Greg Lemond's complete book of Cycling $1.00
    • The Rider by Tim Krabbe $9.56
    • Training and Racing with a Power Meter $16.47
    • Cutting-Edge Cycling $13.43
    • Bicycling Medicine: Cycling Nutrition, Physiology, Injury Prevention and Treatment For Riders of All Levels $12.40
    • High-Tech Cycling - 2nd Edition $16.43
    • Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against $6.00
    • VeloPress: The Feed Zone Cookbook: Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes $13.93
    • VeloPress: The Athlete's Guide to Yoga $14.93
    • VeloPress: Boy Racer: My Journey to TdF Record-Breaker $15.22
    • Touchstone Racing Through the Dark $17.16
    • Sporting Body, Sporting Mind: Athlete's Guide to Mental Training $20.92
    • Mental Training for Peak Performance $5.00


    Thanks all !
     
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  2. danfoz

    danfoz Well-Known Member

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    Although not "how to" books, both Tim Krabbe's The Rider and A Dog in a Hat are great books for roadies, or folks looking for inspirational prose that focuses on competitive cycling. In their way, each has made me a better bike racer.


    The Rider: At the start of this chronicle of a single bike race, the author glances up from his gear to assess the crowd of spectators. "Non-racers," he writes. "The emptiness of those lives shocks me."
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Rider-Tim-Krabbe/dp/1582342903

    A Dog in a Hat: An American Bike Racer's Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium:
    http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Hat-American-Betrayal-Belgium/dp/1934030260/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339436865&sr=1-1
     
  3. slovakguy

    slovakguy Active Member

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    i'd also submit something to give you a good laugh, 'cause it is supposed to be fun, after all.

    tim moore, "french revolutions." read this having grabbed it at a second hand store and laughed myself silly, blushed at the shared screw ups, and just about fell off the chair reading about the hypoxia/bonk state of mind.
     
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    slovakguy Active Member

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    chapeau, gino bartali! well, i suppose i should add this one to the reading list. this would be worth it if only for this quoatation: "Bartali’s decision to act was heroic not because he felt no fear but rather because he did not let his fear prevent him from doing what he felt was ethically right. He demonstrated moral endurance, forged in a moment of danger that few of us could ever hope to fully understand."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/18/gino-bartali-italian-cycl_n_1597004.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books
     
  5. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    I like reading about the riders and their careers in the 1950/60/70's.

    The Merckx Half Man Half Bike is a good read.
    Sex, Lies and Handlebar tape :The career of Jacques Anquetil.

    I wish I could speak/read French and Italian better because I'm sure that there are others books which would make for interesting reading
     
  6. Agustin8100

    Agustin8100 New Member

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    "Tour de Lance",
    great book in this regard...my favorite one...love it!!!!
     
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