Featuring eight-pages of full-color photos from recent Tour de France races, this easy-to-follow, entertaining guide demystifies the history, strategy, rules, techniques, equipment, and competitors in what is arguably the most grueling and intriguing multiday, multistage sporting event in the world. Cowritten by the most popular English-speaking cycling commentator on the planet, this book is great reading for both experienced and the new bicycle racing fans alike.
James Raia is a syndicated columnist and cycling journalist.
Sammarye Lewis is an author and Tour de France photojournalist.
Whether you're looking to join the Lycra brigade, tear down mountain bike trails or simply teach yourself — or your child — how to ride, this practical guide covers all your needs, from choosing the right bike and accessories to hitting the road and trails. Improve your health and fitness, reduce your carbon footprint and have fun along the way!
Pick the bike and equipment that suit you — determine whether a road bike, mountain bike or something in-between is best for you
Find the time to incorporate cycling into your lifestyle — start commuting to work and plan your cycling schedule
Understand your rights and responsibilities as a cyclist — know the regulations that apply in your local area
Stay safe in traffic and off-road — be seen and heard, and feel confident when dealing with potential dangers and hazards
Train to improve — adopt programs to improve your speed and endurance on the road, or your fitness and skill for mountain biking
Prepare yourself and your bike for touring — research your route and transport options, get your bike ready and know what to pack
Get your kids on a bike — add a child to your bike, pick the right bike for your older child and teach your kids to ride the easy way
Maintain yourself and your bike — prevent or ease cycling ailments and learn how to repair and service your bike
Open the book and find:
How your bike should be adjusted to fit you
Advice on the easiest way to get on a bike and start pedalling
How to avoid dangers presented by cars, trucks, dogs and birds
Tips for riding with other people
Pointers on incorporating cycling into the school run
Guidelines for eating and drinking before, during and after cycling
The ten best rides in Australia and New Zealand
Ten great tours and races from around the world
Choose the right bike for you and your lifestyle
Select the best gear to keep you looking good and riding well
Obey the road rules and stay safe
Find your riding style, from off-roading to cycling with kids
Presented here as a guide--and a warning--to aspiring racers who dream of joining the professional racing circus, Phil's adventures in road rash serve as a hilarious and cautionary tale of frustrating team directors and broken promises. Phil's education in the ways of the peloton, his discouraging negotiations for a better contract, his endless miles crisscrossing America in pursuit of race wins, and his conviction that somewhere just around the corner lies the ticket to the big time fuel this tale of hope and ambition from one of cycling's best story-tellers.
Pro Cycling on $10 a Day chronicles the racer's daily lot of blood-soaked bandages, sleazy motels, cheap food, and overflowing toilets. But it also celebrates the true beauty of the sport and the worth of the journey, proving in the end that even among the narrow ranks of world-class professional cycling, there will always be room for a hard-working outsider.