Book Review: For those of us who love the Giro d’Italia, the final day always come too soon and then the Tour comes and pink is replaced by yellow. Thanks to “Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by British author/Italian resident Herbie Sykes we have an English-language history of the Giro d’Italia.
The author of such famous cycling books as 'Slaying the Badger' and 'Tour de France 100', journalist Richard Moore has been busy on something new. We caught up with the UK-based author to talk about book projects old and new, and much more from this wealth of cycling knowledge.
William Fotheringham has been at the forefront of British cycling journalism since the late 80's and in his latest book, 'Racing Hard' he reflects on the events of the last twenty-three years - the triumphs, the tragedies and the scandals that have engulfed the world's most demanding sport. PEZ's Literary editor Leslie Reissner had a read and gives us his thoughts on Fotheringham's collection.
The latest book from Velopress, 'The Elite Bicycle' brings together intimate portraits of the world’s greatest bicycle artisans, examining the philosophies, the meticulous workmanship, and the eccentric personalities behind cycling’s most prestigious brands.
Can a book about old bikes built in tiny workshops in Vienna and written 100% in German really be a good read? 'Ja' according to our reviewer Leslie, 'A really wonderful book that everyone should have if they like old bikes.'
Don’t you just love the smell of Fridays? So does Tom Weaver of Mashpee MA – (look it up!) – who goes into the record books as the first ever winner of PEZ’s Small Prize Fridays – taking home the awesome Tour de France 100 book from VeloPress!
Pez hit cyberspace ten years ago, and one of the first regular features was Toolbox, the weekly series offering objective, scientifically driven training and fitness advice. At the helm of Toolbox since its inception has been Dr. Stephen Cheung, who is just about to publish Cutting-Edge Cycling, his book on the science of cycling. We talk with Stephen and co-author Hunter Allen for a preview of what to expect.
In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is about to break out, and a young cyclist’s fancy naturally turns to shapely, uh, lugs. We’ve seen the Daily Distractions, and now we have a book chock-a-block with fine forms of a different kind... the glossy centrefolds of Custom Bicycles.
The 'Queen of the Classics,' the 'Hell of the North' - Paris - Roubaix; 270 kilometres, of which 53 are on cobbles or farm tracks in 27 sectors which count down to the last stretch of 300 metres, laid outside the Roubaix velodrome in this particular Queen's honour.
Leafing through the entertaining pages of “Blazing Saddles: The Cruel and Unusual History of the Tour de France” one is struck by the tone of the book, released just in time for this year’s Tour. Instead of the usual praise to the great athletes of cycling history, the author defines it as “[a] fine spectacle of life-threatening exertion, bare-faced cheating, roadside sabotage, ludicrous clothing, extreme intimate discomfort and grown men at the absolute end of their tethers...”
Greg Lemond famously said about cycling: ”It doesn’t get any easier. You just get faster.” And for a sport that values the ability to suffer, the least easy of all races is Paris-Roubaix, variously feted as “the Queen of the Classics” and cursed as “the Hell of the North.” L’Equipe’s 2006 book has now been published in English by VeloPress, and makes a handsome addition to any true cyclists’ coffee table…
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