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Training and Tactics

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Bicycling Magazine's Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills : Your Guide to Riding Faster, Stronger, Longer, and Safer by Ed Pavelka (Editor), the Editors of Bicycling Magazine (Editor) List Price: $15.95 Our Price: $12.76 You Save: $3.19 (20%)

Maybe you're a novice who has yet to squeeze into that first pair of sexy Lycra shorts. Or perhaps you're a seasoned racer who is seeking ways to become stronger and faster. Whatever the case, you will be well served by Ed Pavelka's comprehensive guide, which takes the reader on a highly readable ride through road cycling--from the basics of handling and maintenance to the subtle intricacies of racing. Instead of asking the reader to take his word on every subject, Pavelka has gathered a cast of Olympians and renowned mechanics to tackle whichever topic reflects his or her strongest suit. Besides the basics, chapters also include in-depth advice on sprinting, hill climbing, using heart monitors effectively, training indoors during the wintry months, and even surviving your commute in the concrete jungle. If that's not enough, Pavelka has devoted an entire section to medical concerns, including over training, sore knees, and saddle sores. --Ben Tiffany

coverJoe Friel's Cyclist's Training Bible

"Periodization," nutrition, stretching, peaking--who knew that so much went into riding a bike? Joe Friel's The Cyclist's Training Bible is jam-packed with information, easily the most authoritative book on cycling to date.

Training for Cycling : The Ultimate Guide to Improved Performance by Davis Phinney, Connie Carpenter (Contributor), Peter Nye (Contributor) List Price: $14.95 Our Price: $11.96 You Save: $2.99 (20%)

If you want to learn how to reach peak cycling performance, listen carefully to Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter. Phinney, a two-time Tour de France stage winner, was named the winningest racer in U.S. history by VeloNews, and Connie Carpenter, an Olympic gold medalist, is no slouch either. Together they have compiled a comprehensive guide to cycling that will not disappoint. Chapters include specific instructions for everything from basic training to cycling nutrition to the nitty-gritty of racing tactics. The guide is written in the first person, and because it is authored by two people, this can sometimes lead to confusion. But when milking the gurus for knowledge, a little confusion will seem well worth it.

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Smart Cycling : Successful Training and Racing for Riders of All Levels by Arnie Baker List Price: $14.00 Our Price: $11.20 You Save: $2.80 (20%)

Serious Cycling by Ed Burke, Edmund R. Burke List Price: $18.95 Our Price: $15.16 You Save: $3.79 (20%)

This book includes all the information needed to evaluate and improve every aspect of cycling training and performance and shows how to create the most personalized and efficient program possible. Tables make it easy to determine optimal training levels based on readers' equipment, physiology, and cycling objectives. Geared toward the more advanced cyclist.

Cyclo Cross Training & Technique by Simon Burney List Price: $14.95 Our Price: $11.96 You Save: $2.99 (20%)


6 Steps to Winning Time Trials : For Beginning & Sport Levels by Mike Neidapreum, Joe Friel, Ed Burke, Arnie Baker, vern Aanbatte Our Price: $5.95 + $1.85 special surcharge

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Books about Races

In Pursuit of the Yellow Jersey: Bicycle Racing in the Year of the Tortured Tour (Cycling Resources) by Samuel Abt, James Startt (Photographer) List Price: $16.95 Our Price: $13.56 You Save: $3.39 (20%) The 1998 Tour De France : Conquests and Crises by Velo News (Editor), Graham Watson (Photographer), Charles Pelkey (Contributor) List Price: $19.95 Our Price: $15.96 You Save: $3.99 (20%)
Intimate Portrait of the Tour De France: Masters and Slaves of the Road by Philippe Brunel Our Price: $39.95

The Giro D'Italia : Coppi Vs. Bartali at the 1949 Tour of Italy by Dino Buzatti, Dino Buzzati List Price: $17.95 Our Price: $14.36 You Save: $3.59 (20%)

From Booklist , April 15, 1999: This is no ordinary tale of the 1949 Tour of Italy, pitting rivals Fausto Coppi (considered the greatest Italian bicycle racer) and Gino Bartali (three-time Giro winner). These recently translated newspaper dispatches of each stage of the race reveal a truly poetic narrative by Buzzati (his style is compared to John McPhee), who captures not only the visually stunning backdrop from Sicily to Milan, "the sun is setting amid dusty reddish halos," but also the fervor among the villagers who swarm dusty streets to see, for a fleeting moment, their heroes battling for the coveted pink jersey through the "velodrome of Italy." From the boat ride to the start to the famous Dolomite stage, Buzzati's account transcends traditional sports reporting, drawing readers to the battlefront with military metaphors and using characters from The Iliad, Achilles and Hector, to illustrate this public rivalry. This is a story of a changing country, divided loyalties, and a two-wheeled race with a unique perspective sure to appeal to bike-racing fans, readers interested in Italian history, literature aficionados, and sports journalists. Brenda Barrera Copyrightę 1999, American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Books about Racers and Racing

Eddy Merckx : The Greatest Cyclist of the 20th Century by Rik Vanwalleghem List Price: $49.95 Our Price: $34.97 You Save: $14.98 (30%) Lance Armstrong & the 1999 Tour De France by Graham Watson (Photographer), John Wilcockson, Charles Pelkey List Price: $19.95 Our Price: $15.96 You Save: $3.99 (20%)
John Wilcockson's World of Cycling by John Wilcockson, Graham Watson (Photographer), 1998 List Price: $24.95 Our Price: $17.47 You Save: $7.48 (30%)

This is an all-encompassing look at bicycle racing with discussions of its many different competitions in Europe and America, as well as world championships and Olympic Games. The book also features interviews with stars such as Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong. 24 color photos.
Tales from the Toolbox : Inside a Pro Cycling Team by Scott Parr (Contributor), Rupert Guinness, 1997. List Price: $18.95 Our Price: $15.16 You Save: $3.79 (20%)
The Yellow Jersey by Ralph Hurne, Ralph Hume List Price: $14.95 Our Price: $11.96 You Save: $2.99 (20%)

THE YELLOW JERSEY is a cult novel among cyclists. Called "the greatest cycling novel ever written" (Bicycling magazine), it is the story of a man's last season on the European racing circuit. He's spent his whole life in the middle of the pack, never achieving glory. Then, as a favor to a young rider he is coaching, he enters one last Tour de France to pace his protege through the early stages. By a series of accidents and some very wily riding, Terry Davenport finds himself in the lead, wearing the yellow jersey with only a week to go in the race. And though Davenport is old, he is wily and tough and fearless. His arduous, painful, heroic performance in the face of impossible odds is unforgettable, and the ending is not what you might think.
Pedaling for Glory : Victory and Drama in Professional Bicycle Racing (Bicycle Books) by Samuel Abt, 1997. List Price: $14.95 Our Price: $11.96 You Save: $2.99 (20%)
Rough Ride - Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist by Paul Kimmage List Price: $13.95 Our Price: $11.16 You Save: $2.79 (20%)

Growing up in Ireland, Paul Kimmage's boyhood dreams were of cycling glory--wearing the yellow jersey, competing in the Tour de France, becoming a national hero. He spent his teenage years cycling 400 miles a week, and the dedication paid off. He represented his country, finishing sixth in the World Championships; in 1986, he went professional. That's when reality hit. He soon discovered that "it wasn't about glory and courage, and it wasn't about how much training you put in or how much you wanted to win. It was about grueling defeats, complete and utter exhaustion, and it was about drugs. Not drugs that would necessarily ensure victory, but drugs that would allow you to finish the race and start another day." Paul Kimmage left the sport to write this book. It is a powerful and outspoken account of drugs in sport as well as a heartbreaking lament. It is a book that anyone interested in any sport should read.

Major Taylor : The Extraordinary Career of a Champion Bicycle Racer by Andrew Ritchie List Price: $16.95 Our Price: $13.56 You Save: $3.39 (20%)

Long before Jackie Robinson crossed baseball's color line, before Jack Johnson spawned a line of Great White Hopes desperate to take the heavyweight boxing crown back from a black man, Major Taylor was setting records and fighting bigotry in one of the most popular athletic arenas of the turn of the century. The "Extraordinary" in the title of this steady biography is not just spinning wheels. Both a world and national champion, Taylor bicycled to glory on three continents. His name on the marquee meant added revenue and attendance. In Europe, he was a superstar, and treated like one. Yet he was mocked by fellow riders in America, shunned by his sport's establishment, and died forgotten and penniless in Chicago in 1932. Part of why Taylor should be remembered is the way he reacted to the hatred he had to ride against: "I always played the game fairly and tried my hardest," he wrote in his own autobiography, which Ritchie thoroughly mines, "although I was not always given a square deal or anything like it ... I only ask from them the same kind of treatment which I give and am willing to continue to give." Ritchie does yeoman's service in reviving Taylor's story and giving it context with a carefully studied examination of what life was like for black Americans 100 years ago. More importantly, he reaches into the muck of the past and returns with a clear picture of an endangered species: the thoroughly decent human being. --Jeff Silverman

Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World (Black Heritage Library Collection) by Marshall W. Taylor Our Price: $41.95

This is the autobiography of Major Taylor, the greatest rider of the early part of the century.

Hearts of Lions : The Story of American Bicycle Racing by Peter Nye, Eric Heiden List Price: $14.00 Our Price: $11.20 You Save: $2.80 (20%)

Until the 1920s, bike races outdrew all other American sports including baseball. This colorful, exciting period of sports history, a saga of courage and occasional lunacy is re-created by the author, a prize-winning racer himself. Photos.

No Brakes! Bicycle Track Racing in the United States by Sandra W. Sutherland Our Price: $29.95 Bicycle Racing in the Modern Era : Twenty-Five Years of Cycling Journalism from the Editors of Velonews by The Editors of Velonews (Editor), Editors Velonews List Price: $19.95 Our Price: $15.96 You Save: $3.99 (20%)
Bobke : A Ride on the Wild Side of Cycling by Bob Roll List Price: $16.95 Our Price: $13.56 You Save: $3.39 (20%) Lance Armstrong's Comeback from Cancer : A Scrapbook of the Tour De France Winner's Dramatic Career by Samuel Abt, James Startt (Photographer) List Price: $16.95 Our Price: $13.56 You Save: $3.39 (20%)
Winner of the 1999 Tour de France, Lance Armstrong's victory was even more remarkable when considering that just three years earlier he was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. After taking a year off for treatment and recovery, Armstrong began racing again leading to his thrilling victory this summer.

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