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.
Today's book review is a tale of sporting glory, love, espionage, politics and more as Herbie Sykes recounts the fascinating life of East german cyclist Dieter Wiedemann in 'The Race Against the Stasi'. A cycling hero in the East, Dieter defected to the west in the name of love as detailed in this truly unique book.
PEZ's Literary Editor Leslie Reissner is continuing his look at books that aren't your everyday, run of the mill standard cycling publications this week with a review of 'Rebour - The Bicycle Illustrations of Daniel Rebour'. From 1945 until the early 1980s Daniel Rebour made hundreds of meticulous drawings of any and all interesting developments in the realm of bicycles and they're detailed in this unique book.
The latest book from Velopress/Rouleur - Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop is an all-access pass to cycling’s back stage: the team truck, the service course, and the workshop. Through gritty photographs and striking interviews, Bike Mechanic explores the daily lives of the bicycle technicians who keep the pro peloton rolling, no matter the weather, no matter the hour.
With Pez being a roadie only site and proud of it our Literary Editor Leslie normally only gets to review road based books but every once in a while a book comes along that is perhaps not in the genre of Pez but is a compelling read anyway. That book is today's review, 'Fat Tire Flyer', a detailed insider's account of the birth of the mountain bike which proved to be a very interesting read indeed.
Racing ahead of Mark Cavendish's two autobiographies, American/St.Kitts and Nevis pro cyclist Kathryn Bertine, 37 years old, recently launched her third book. “The Road Less Taken” is a series of episodes in her life as a professional cyclist and journalist. In it she travels not just a road less taken but one that leads in surprising directions.
Men's professional cycling: it's all about glamour. Jaguar team cars; on-demand massages; garages full of the latest super-light carbon wonderbikes; worshipful fans; exotic locales with breathtaking scenery; breathtaking podium girls; the big bucks and global recognition. But then again perhaps not as Phil Gaimon details in “Pro Cycling on $10 a Day” .
Drawn from the one of the world’s finest collections of cycling artifacts, the latest cycling book from Velopress, 'Goggles & Dust' collects over 100 stunning photographs from competitive cycling’s heyday in the 1920s and ’30s. PEZ's Literary Editor Leslie Reissner goes back in time to review this book of truly classic images from Europe’s most hallowed races.
Book review: A hundred years ago today on Sunday, June 28, 1914, 145 cyclists rolled out of Paris for the 12th edition of the Tour de France, while that same day across Europe in Sarajevo, the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated - triggering the events that began the Great War. Graham Healy explores the impact of World War 1 on professional racing in his new book 'The Shattered Peloton'.
Book review: In 'Tour de France 100', award-winning journalist Richard Moore celebrates all that is great, fantastic, amusing, outrageous, and overwhelming in the Tour through illuminating text and a cascade of defining images from the race’s extraordinary history.