With the mega sporting festival that is the Olympics upon us, it is an unfortunate reality that doping stories are fighting for equal time with actual sporting stories. "Spitting in the Soup" is a hard-hitting, comprehensive, and highly readable analysis of the varying societal and historical forces driving our love-hate relationship with sports and doping.
After his attack on the Tour of Sufferlandria, Leslie Reissner has turned back to his more normal position on the PEZ staff as our culture editor to review a great book of paintings from the World championships in Richmond by Greig Leach.
Book Review: Due to the winter weather Chuck Peña has been catching up with his reading list and top of that list (so far) is "Ride the Revolution: The Inside Stories from Women in Cycling" edited by Suze Clemitson. A book not just for women, but a part of cycling history.
Book Review: This kind of bicycle collection is different from other transportation museums and its personal quirkiness is deeply attractive because the history of the bicycle itself is nothing if not quirky. And the machines that are so beautifully featured in “Bicycling Through Time: The Farren Collection” must rank amongst the most illustrative specimens of that history.
Book Review: All new inventions are a product of evolution, with many missteps and dead-ends before reaching acceptable levels of practicality, affordability and aesthetics. Nowhere is this more obvious that in “Bicycle Design,” a remarkable cabinet of curiosities from the MIT Press.
It is undoubtedly one of the great joys of cycling to admire the passing landscape, whether discovering unknown byways, observing the Tour de France on television or noting the change of season on your commute. A recent scholarly book from the MIT Press is the result of a great deal of digging in the archives to produce a picture of a cyclists' world far different from ours yet we face many of the same issues today.
Book Review: The phenomena that is the bicycle quickly spread around the world as the first practical machines appeared in the 19th Century and from its origins in Europe moved quickly first to the United States and then to the frontiers of civilization.
Book Review: Some say “to travel is better than to arrive” but planning the trip can be more fun than anything else. Mapping le Tour by Ellis Bacon maps the journey taken from the first Tour to 2014 when the French race hit the roads of Yorkshire.
Book Review: Imagine finding an old shoebox filled with bike racing photos from a time long since past. Welcome to the world of “Shoulder to Shoulder,” the latest dive into the Horton Collection.
Book Review: The best books of all are about great climbs, the roads that hurt so much while providing unforgettable vistas and a sense of accomplishment. Into this category falls an unusual new book by Hank Barlow entitled “Switchbacks,” with a hopeful indication of Vol. 1.
With two yellow jersey riders abandoning in this year's Tour de France it's apt that Ed Hood takes a look at the career of Luis Ocaña who famously crashed out of the 1971 Tour. Anyone who can scare Merckx into thinking he was not invincible has to be given a lot of kudos. The Ocaña story is of great talent and a lot of "what if's".
Book Review: There are very few Novels with a cycle sport theme and fewer that can handle the scrutiny of anyone who knows their two wheeled sport inside out. But 'High Road Chasing the Yellow Jersey' by ex-International rider Dave Chauner, really does cut the mustard. John Howard gives us his thoughts on this true to life adventure.
Leslie Reissner, knows the bonk first hand, so who better to run his eye over “Feed Zone Portables” by Dr. Allen Lim and Chef Biju Thomas. This specialist cookbook is packed full of recipes for food to be eaten during activity and explains the science behind eating when training and competing.
The Official 2015 Richmond World Championship artist, Greig Leach, recorded last year's Tour de France as the action unfolded. His post-card sized, watercolor and ink drawings are now available in book form worthy of gracing any coffee table. Leslie Reissner, relives the 2015 Tour through the eyes of the artist.
The aging process is something none of us can avoid, but with the help of Joe Friel and his book 'Faster After 50' we might be able to fight off the degeneration or at least understand the process. There is good news; Friel advises on strength training to stop age-related loss of muscle mass, overtraining and the importance of rest and recovery.
It is said that Tour de France cyclists consume quantities of food during the event second only to sumo wrestlers in training. But while sumos are famous for their vats of greasy soup, an innovative new book suggests that pro cyclists are in reality a pretty sophisticated bunch when it comes to noshing.
Our Toolbox training expert, John Howard, has turned his hand to a bit of book reviewing and takes a look at one of the greatest and fastest men who ever raced. Major Taylor was a champion on the track, but as an African-American he was up against the prejudice of the time. Andrew Ritchie’s updated biography is work of art and a historic record.
With the vast flood of books reaching the Pez library, it was a pleasant surprise to receive Peter Joffre Nye's latest book. It is, to date, the only biography of an extraordinarily interesting individual who made his mark in the boom time when cycling gave way to the mad fashion of motoring, his feet firmly in both worlds.
Unlike other sports; bicycle road racing is open to the elements and events take place before a diverse backdrop featuring geographic highlights of many countries. Add to this ever-changing weather, different road surfaces, colourful jerseys and colourful personalities and the rolling circus atmosphere provides the photographer with limitless opportunity.
The usual books stacked next to the comfortable wingback chair in the PezCyclingNews oak-panelled library for review lean towards accounts of great races, great athletes, training methods, diets, irresistible tourism ideas and road-going technology. But occasionally a book comes to us that does not fit into any of these categories.
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