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any good books?(3 posts)

any good books?gail
Sep 21, 2001 11:33 AM
I enjoyed reading "It's Not About the Bike" and was wondering if there are any other books about bicycle racing that have more detail about team or individual strategy. Any suggestions?
"Major Taylor" and "Merckx..."Tig
Sep 21, 2001 4:00 PM
A biography about the turn of the century world cycling champion, Major Taylor. He was the first black professional athlete.

I've heard that "Eddy Merckx: The Greatest Cyclist of the 20th Century" is a good one and would like to read it.
Some of the stuff on my shelf...Greg Taylor
Sep 22, 2001 5:00 AM
Yellow Fever -- Jeremy Whittle: This guy is the editor of ProCycling. The story of the infamous 1998 Tour de France. Well written.

Yellow Jersey -- Ralph Hurne: A novel set in the Tour de France. Ok, not great.

Major Taylor -- Andrew Ritchie: Great book about America's African American bike champ from the early 1900's. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

The Unknown Tour de France -- Les Woodland: A quirky book of stories about the Tour. Interesting stuff.

A Moustache, Poison, and Blue Glasses -- Svend Novrup/Les Woodland editor: Similar to "The Unknown Tour de France". Stories about the Tour. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

The Giro d'Italia -- Dino Buzzati: the story of the 1949 Giro, written by a playwrite/poet. Good.

Three Men On The Bummel -- Jerome K Jerome: GET THIS BOOK! It is not about racing. It is the fictional story of three Englishmen who take a bike trip through the Kaiser's Germany. Think P.G. Wodehouse on a bike. HILARIOUS.

Eddy Merckx -- Rik Vanwalleghem: The standard biography. Fairly well done. My copy is autographed by Eddy...

ANYTHING BY JOHN WILCOCKSON -- Velonews puts out an annual book covering the Tour de France. If you want the inside skinny on the race, these are your books.

An Intimate Portrait Of The Tour de France -- Philippe Brunel: Awesome stories and photography of the Tour up the '70's.