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From the winner of the Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year 2018 The first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair full of adventure, mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating. Its riders included characters like Maurice Garin, an Italian-born Frenchman, said to have been swapped for a round of cheese by his parents in order to smuggle him into France to clean chimneys as a teenager, Hippolyte Aucouturier with his trademark handlebar moustache, and amateurs like Jean Dargassies, a blacksmith who had never raced before. Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes? Surprisingly it did, and, all thanks to a marketing ruse dreamed up to revive struggling newspaper L'Auto, cycling would never be the same again. Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France, painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s, to see where the greatest sporting event of all began.
In the spring of 2015, Mark Beaumont set out from the bustling heart of Cairo on his latest world record attempt - solo, the length of Africa, intending to ride to Cape Town in under 50 days. Seven years since he smashed the world record for cycling round the world, this would be his toughest trip yet. And he would set a new mark that would simply break the limits of endurance.
Despite illness, mechanical faults, attempted robbery and stone-throwing children, as well as dehydration in the deserts and unprecedented levels of exhaustion, Mark completed the journey in just 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes, after cycling 6,762 miles, spending 439 hours in the saddle (sometimes up to 16 hours a day) and climbing 190,355 feet through 8 countries. It was an astonishing journey, and one that will fascinate and grip the reader.
From the obvious dangers of Egypt, Sudan and Kenya, over the unpaved, muddy, mountainous roads of Ethiopia, through the beautiful grasslands of Tanzania and Zambia, to riding at night in Botswana in the company of elephants and giraffes, Mark brings Africa to life in all its complex glory, friendship and curiosity, while inspiring us all to question the bounds of what is possible.
Join the world’s biggest bike race on its 40-year journey from the Argus Tour to the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
312 pages with over 1000 iconic images, astonishing facts, all the winners, personal memories and the in-depth tale of each of the 39 tours to date.
Each year, from 1978, is featured as a separate chapter with:
On 1 January 1999, Travis Gale (aged 17) and Stephen Bonaconsa (aged 27) left Johannesburg on a mission to cycle across four continents and raise R1 million for children living with, and affected by HIV/AIDS in KwaZulu-Natal. They pedalled out of Johannesburg, riding mountain bikes equipped with panniers, carrying the basic requirements for an adventure. They rode unsupported. No Instagram or Facebook. It was just the two of them and the open road. The pair successfully cycled over 16 000 kilometres, across four continents, through 16 countries, raising R1.7 million for their cause.
When asked to share about his experience, Travis very rarely spends time talking about the start or the finish of the tour. The stories Travis shares are from The Middle. It’s The Middle that tests us with challenges, yielding a multitude of emotions. It’s The Middle that involves the raw and often painful need to dig deep, to push through the barriers that stand in our way, and show ourselves what we are capable of. The Middle is what we, as human beings, were designed for. We can all pitch up at start lines. We can all celebrate a finish. But no finish is without a Middle and every Middle is where WHO WE ARE is revealed.
This book, The Middle, includes eight stories, drawn from eight key days of a world cycle tour, which will encourage and equip people through The Middle; the territory we must navigate in pursuit of our goals.
If you love cycling and want to learn more about this sport, then The South African Bike Book & Events Guide is for you.
Cycling is a complex sport and if you want to improve your abilities, whether it is just to make it to the top of your nearest hill without stopping, or whether to win a champion race, cycling takes dedication and sacrifice. In this book we give you everything you need to equip yourself to become the best cyclist you can be. The book will introduce you to the origins of the humble bicycle, as well as key safety and cycling regulations and tips on staying alive.
As a cyclist knowing your equipment and the anatomy of your bike is important. This book gives you all the information you require on how to buy the correct bike, the variety of bikes on the market, how the various options differ, and how many different ones you need to covet, rather than need. Other chapters include the gear (kitting yourself out properly), the workshop (how to care for your bike), set-up and skills (basic set-up, road skills and MTB skills) as well as training and nutrition (the basics, recovery, injury and illness). The last chapter focuses on top events highlighting the top 5 road races and MTB races and other popular cycle races, uniquely African races, DIY and the ultras.
Of course once you have equipped yourself with this knowledge we give you a fantastic ride and training logbook, because practice makes perfect.
So get your ride on, with the ultimate South Africa Bike Book & Events Guide today!
Shortlisted for the Cross Sports Award Cycling Book of the Year 10 gold medals don't come easy... First comes the graft. Thousands of hours on the pedals, forever turning left, following that black line round, pushing your body harder than it is designed to go. Then comes the sacrifice. All familiar pleasures stripped away in search of perfection. Then the pain. Muscles burning, stomach churning, an ache in the bones. To pull all of this together to achieve an Olympic gold is impressive; to be part of a couple doing this in the same sport is rare; to do it ten times between you is unprecedented. Laura Trott and Jason Kenny, Britain's most successful female and male Olympians, invite us into their world, on to the boards of the velodrome and down the back straight of British pro cycling to give us the inside track on what it takes to become a champion. This is the story of the races that gripped a nation; one of sprints and pursuits, tactics, mind games, medals and trials; of being so tired you collapse by the side of the track, so out of form you can't finish a practice session; of what goes through the mind of an Olympian as they power towards the finish line; and of how a boy from Bolton and a girl from Cheshunt became the best in the world, while finding in each other the perfect partner.
An inspiring and thought-provoking new book that explains the power of applying reverse-engineering to all areas of your life, from a cycling champion who has proven its success. Dan Bigham is the captain of an amateur British track cycling team who rose from obscurity to beat professional, multi-million-pound teams at the highest level. Alongside hard work and dedication, Dan credits his success to one thing: reverse-engineering the result. In Start at the End, Dan uses his own story as well as wider examples and case studies from the worlds of business, personal development and other sports to demonstrate how this approach can help you succeed in any walk of life. Following each stage of the process, from setting goals and assessing your tools to developing the plan and delivering optimum performance, this book will fully explain how to set out and enact the system. A revolutionary new look at a powerful age-old wisdom, Start at the End is a fascinating exploration of how we can achieve success and proof that no goal is impossible. *** 'Start at the End isn't just a great story, but a really nice reminder of how to approach performance forensically, intelligently and purposefully - and that these lessons don't just belong in cycling but in all areas of high performance' Dr Josie Perry 'Phenomenal ... Absolutely fascinating ... Incredible stuff, really clever' Stephen Dixon, Sky News
The first in a series of themed cycle guides to the Lake District. Family Cycle Rides outlines a series of family-friendly cycle rides suitable for family groups with young riders. The routes avoid busy roads, with as much traffic-free riding as possible, include cafe stops and picnic spots, along with points of interest along the way. Family Cycle Rides in the Lake District gives families with young riders a series of expertly chosen cycle routes in the Lake District National Park in an easy-to-use pocket-book format. With Ordnance Survey mapping, clear route directions and professional photography throughout, this little guide book aims to guide and inspire family groups to experience some of the most enjoyable family cycling in the district. Featured rides include: Windermere & Wray Castle; Tarn Hows Loop; Kentmere Valley; Cartmel & the coast; Great Langdale; Eskdale Trail; Tilberthwaite & Little Langdale; Threlkeld Railway; Thirlmere shore; Buttermere Loop; Ennerdale Loop.
This is in the series of pocket sized, folded maps to the National Cycle Network which include clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours and detailed town insets. Published by Sustrans. 1:110,000 scale; folded 155mm x 99mm; flat 792mm x 630mm.Derry ~ Londonderry & The North West Cycle Map (51). Including Foyle Valley Cycle Route, Limavady Borough, Faughan Valley Cycleway and 5 individual day rides.
Lon Las Cymru, the 251 mile cycling challenge from Holyhead to Cardiff or Chepstow, takes in a wide variety of memorable landscapes and pastoral lanes of Anglesey to the valleys of South Wales., passing through the magnificent National Parks of Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.
This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. It covers the northern area of the Mid Wales region of Wales, including Aberwystwyth, Machynlleth, Llangollen and southern Snowdonia. With landscape ranging from the uplands of the Cambrian mountains and Snowdonia to picturesque views over Cardigan Bay, north mid-wales offers a great variety of cycling experiences from traffic-free paths to challenging gradients. Head south from Porthmadog through stunning South Snowdonia, until you reach Coed Y Brenin forest park, Wales' home of mountain biking, or explore the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth. This pocket-sized colour map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. MAJOR ROUTES COVERED BY THIS MAP: National Route 8 (Lon Las Cymru cycle route) between Llanidloes and Criccieth via Machynlleth, Dolgellau, the Mawdach Trail and Porthmadog. National Route 81 (Lon Cambria cycle route / Montgomery Canal Greenway) between Welshpool and Llanidloes via Newtown. National Route 82 between Machynlleth and Porthmadog via Tywyn, Dolgellau and Coed Y Brenin. National Route 85 (Llangollen Canal route) between Llangollen and Chirk. Regional Routes 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 around Y Bala. Regional Routes 41, 42 and 43 around the Llyn Peninsula.
This is in the series of pocket sized, folded maps to the National Cycle Network which include clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours and detailed town insets. Published by Sustrans. 1:110,000 scale; folded 155mm x 99mm; flat 792mm x 630mm.John o' Groats & North Scottish Coast Cycle Map (48). Including The North Sea Cycle Route and 2 individual day rides.
The official route map for the 120-mile (193 km) ride linking the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge. National Route 51 from Oxford to west of Bedford, and Huntingdon to Cambridge. National Route 12 from west of Bedford to Huntingdon
This is in the series of official pocket sized, folded maps to the National Cycle Network which include clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours and detailed town insets. The series is published by Sustrans. 1:110,000 scale; folded 155mm x 99mm; flat 792mm x 630mm.Dundee, Angus & North Fife Cycle Map 44. Including Coast & Castles North, Lochs & Glens North, The Salmon Run, North Sea Cycle Route and 5 individual day rides.
Great cyclists are born, but winning cyclists are made by the brains of their managers. The craft of racing requires a non-stop obsession with detail: watching rivals, judging the strength of a break, knowing the course, and picking the right moment to seize a fleeting opportunity and turn it into a big win. How the Race Was Won investigates the fine details of bicycle racing through extensive interviews with the sport's brightest minds. Author Peter Cossins has interrogated the riders, managers, and directors who have shaped the sport, and reveals how they learned to navigate the invisible undercurrent that sweeps their riders to the finish line. From the moment when George Pilkington Mills was paced to victory by a wily teammate in the 1891 edition of Bordeaux-Paris to Chris Froome's modern emphasis on marginal gains, How the Race Was Won embraces the full sweep of cycling history, making stops along the way to analyze how tactics first evolved and how today's winning minds continue to build on what came before. Behind every great cyclist is a race wizard reading the race, watching the rivals, outwitting the competition, and anticipating the one perfect moment to launch a rider to victory. How the Race Was Won is a thrilling and unprecedented look at how victory is won, how rivals are vanquished, and how pure speed can only prevail when supported by deep brainpower.
Travelling at a leisurely pace Jack explores the Wales and the border counties taking in mountain summits, enchanted woodlands, wild seashores, shimmering lakes and ancient ways. Enjoy 36 rides with maps: * Ride on traffic free cycle tracks from the seashore into the heart of Snowdonia and the birthplace of British mountaineering. * Cruise from cove to cove along the stunning Pembrokeshire coast, on quiet lanes bejewelled with wildflowers. * Explore the ruins of the lower Wye Valley, from lost medieval villages to Roman remains, Norman strongholds and the aweinspiring Tintern Abbey. 36 specially selected rides with downloadable information. Graded from easy to challenging, with handmade maps, best pubs and tea stops, wild swims and finest viewpoints. Overnight stops, from B&Bs to camping under the stars. Most rides are accessible by train. Jack
This is in the series of pocket sized, folded maps to the National Cycle Network which include clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours and detailed town insets. Published by Sustrans. 1:110,000 scale; folded 155mm x 99mm; flat 792mm x 630mm.The Causeway Coast & Glens Cycle Map (52). Including Causeway Coast Cycle Route, Lower Bann Cycleway, Loughshore Trail, ecos Cycle Trail and 5 individual day rides.
The official map for the 167-mile route from Stratford-upon-Avon to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. National Route 5 from Stratford-upon-Avon to Reading. National Route 4 from Reading to London.
As the wildest of the northern coast-to-coast cycle routes, the Reivers Route explores the rich Border Reiving history of northern England and the Scottish Borders. Travelling 173 mile (280km) from Whitehaven to Tynemouth, this four-day cycle tour takes in the Cumbrian coast, northern Lake District, Northumberland National Park and North Tynedale, offering memorable off-road cycling through Kershope Forest and around Kielder Water. The route offers both on and off-road cycling, and is suitable for cyclists using touring or hybrid bikes. Places to stay overnight include Carlisle, Bailey Mill and Bellingham. The guidebook also offers the Borderers Ride, an alternative coast-to-coast ride along the England-Scotland border from Gretna to Berwick-upon-Tweed. This route joins up the fantastic middle section of the Reivers Route with a route heading north via Wooler and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to finish at Berwick-upon-Tweed. Whether on the Reivers Route or the Borderers Ride, these cycle tours offer exceptional cycling on gated roads and quiet cycle paths as they explore rolling hillsides, remote forests and plenty of historic sites. This guidebook provides everything you need to enjoy a successful cycle tour on the Reivers Route or Borderers Ride. Each stage includes detailed 1:100,000 mapping, profiles and comprehensive route description containing insights into points of interest along the way. The introduction offers plenty of information about the area's history, as well as practical advice about suitable bikes, equipment, and transport to and from the route. The appendices feature useful contacts for bike shops and available accommodation.
This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. It covers the Lancashire area of the north west region of England including Preston, Rochdale, Lancaster, Burnley and Colne. This pocket-sized colour map shows clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours, and detailed inset maps for the major towns and cities as well as recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. The map also features 5 day rides with directions and a description of the area, highlighting key cycle routes, local history and places of interest. MAJOR ROUTES COVERED BY THIS MAP: National Route 55 from Adlington to Preston. National Route 6 between Bury and Carnforth. National Route 62 from Preston to Fleetwood, largely traffic-free along the coast through Blackpool. National Route 66 from Rochdale to Eastwood National Route 68 between Hebden Bridge and Ingleton. This section makes up part of the Pennine Cycleway. National Route 69 from Morecambe to Clapham. This forms the beginning of the Way of the Roses which then joins National Route 68 at Clapham. National Route 622 is a 21 mile cycle route encircling the city of Preston. This route is known locally as the Preston Guild Wheel. National Route 700, the Bay Cycle Way, between Glasson, Morecambe, Arnside, Grange-over-Sands and Barrow-in-Furness. Regional Route 90 (northern loop of the Lancashire Cycleway), a circular route passing through Whalley, Kirkham, Great Eccleston, Caton, and Slaidburn Regional Route 91 (southern loop of the Lancashire Cycleway), a circular route from Pinfold, Whalley, Barnoldswick, Haslingden and Adlington
1001 Cycling Tips by Hannah Reynolds is a light-hearted and informative guide to all kinds of cycling. This is no standard instruction manual - it is much more useful than that. This is a huge collection of small tips to make a real difference to your cycling, whether you're into road cycling, mountain biking, have an ebike, gravel bike or commute to work on your bike - this book will take you through everything you need to know. The vast range of topics covered includes everything from choosing your bike, the essential kit and clothing you'll need and navigation to fitness, nutrition, bike maintenance at home and on the road, and travelling with your bike. Hannah's no-nonsense advice and vast knowledge base will ensure that you have the right tools to enjoy your cycling and achieve your goals, whether you want to race, climb huge mountains or enjoy days out on two wheels with the family.
A concise guide to cycling LEJOG - Land's End to John o' Groats - describing an idyllic route that follows quieter roads and traffic-free paths but without too much meandering. Covering 1000 miles, the route is divided into 14 stages and can be comfortably ridden in two weeks. Easy-to-follow route descriptions are accompanied by clear mapping and useful gradient profiles, together with route highlights and points of interest, of which there are many. Invaluable tips and tricks are also included from preparing yourself to preparing your bike, together with logistical advice such as getting to and from the start and finish, accommodation options and more. In addition to the main 14-stage schedule (which includes an alternative option through Central Scotland), longer and shorter schedules are also suggested, making it easy to prepare a personally tailored adventure. The route, which passes through a diverse range of landscapes, from almost sea level across the Somerset Levels to over 1400ft through the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains, showcases some of Britain's best cycling. It is a must for anyone who's ever been remotely tempted to take on this iconic end-to-end challenge.
Bath to Bournemouth at 1:110 000 scale, clearly mapped traffic free and on road National Cycle Network Routes and linking routes. Includes detailed town and city maps for urban navigation with easy to read contours and route profiles. Also includes local visitor information centres, cycle shops and cycle hire details. National Route 24 from Bath to Longleat National Route 25 from Longleat to Bournemouth
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