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    Thumbs up Cycling related books - "Must Reads"

    I just wanted to pass on some great reading to some of those that may have not heard of Maynard Hershon. Back in the 90's he did the back page of Velonews and I think Winning magazine. Small, one page stories that were so captivating is is hard to believe someone could write like that. He had a few books that I read (fantastic) and I have the link below. Some things get overlooked in life and this shouldn't be one of them. If you do take the plunge, share your thoughts and pass it on.

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    Amazon.com: Maynard Hershon: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

    He also has his e books for Kindle too.
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    In all honesty, I loved Floyd Landis' book "Positively False".

    Its a very captivating read knowing that the whole book is a lie.

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    I just finished The Secret Race, it was very interesting, and am now reading from Lance to Landis...

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    "Road to Valor"

    Authored by Aili and Andres McConnon

    About Gino Bartali and his contribution to the resistance of Mussolini and the Nazis.
    It's the story of a true cycling Hero.

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    My most recent cycling-related book was "The Price of Gold" by Marty Nothstein about his pursuit of a gold medal in the olympics.
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    "French Revolutions" is I think one of the funniest and well written books on any subject I've read. It's by Tim Moore.
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    Velo
    Maglia Rosa

    Both available from rouleur.cc.
    They do anything just to win a salami in ridiculous races. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from sidewalk cafes. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me. It was the illest of times, it was the dopest of times. And we looked damn good. Actually the autobus broke down somewhere on the Mortirolo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oasisbill View Post
    "French Revolutions" is I think one of the funniest and well written books on any subject I've read. It's by Tim Moore.
    That is a good book, and if you liked that one you may enjoy

    "The Hour: Sporting Immortality the Hard Way" by Michael Hutchinson

    About Hutchinsons' attempt at the Hour Record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    That is a good book, and if you liked that one you may enjoy

    "The Hour: Sporting Immortality the Hard Way" by Michael Hutchinson

    About Hutchinsons' attempt at the Hour Record.
    Thanks for the recommendation! I'll look it up.
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    If your in to mountain biking this book should be required reading. Back when I worked in a bike shop I would recommend it to any one buying there first mountain bike.




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    I’ve read many of the most popular cycling books out there. The ones that stick in my mind are: Half Wheel Hell-very funny, Memories of Running- an excellent book, and Lance Armstrong’s War. I was never particularly an Armstrong fan but this book is very good. It was written by a journalist who got permission to travel with the team on the team bus, eat meals with the team, go to meetings with the team, etc. It’s very insightful, informative, and hysterically funny in spots. My wife, who is a total non-cyclist, read it & loved it.
    On the downside, The Death of Marco Pantani was an awful book. I was a Pantani fan & really looked forward to reading this book. I absolutely FORCED myself to read 1/3 of it before giving up & returning it to the library. Metal Cowboy was no favorite of mine, and Two Wheels and a Cloud of Dust well…just don’t go there.
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    Years back I read "Heft on Wheels" by Mike Magnuson and really enjoyed it. He's an out of shape XXL sized cyclist who decides he is riding a hilly century.

    http://www.amazon.com/Heft-Wheels-Fi.../dp/1400052408

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    Raising the Bar by Gary Erickson. Not exactly cycling focused but relates the development of Clif Bar Co. to the long distance rides that initially inspired the idea of the company.

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    I forgot about Joe Kurmaskie's books. "Momentum is your Friend", and "Riding Outside the Lines". Both wonderful for a general love of Cycling...
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    Yes, pretty interesting writer, I had forgot about him Vitamin G. He does stuff in Bicycling once in a while. The below story about Greg LeMond is a good read.

    Whatever Happened to Greg LeMond?



    Quote Originally Posted by Vitamin G View Post
    Years back I read "Heft on Wheels" by Mike Magnuson and really enjoyed it. He's an out of shape XXL sized cyclist who decides he is riding a hilly century.

    Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180: Mike Magnuson: 9781400052400: Amazon.com: Books
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    I'm starting this one tonight.

    My 11 yo. is having a sleepover tonight. Good time to head up early.....
    Check out the link. It lets you read a few pages to get the feel of the book.

    Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape: The Remarkable Life of Jacques Anquetil, the First Five-Times Winner of the Tour de France: Amazon.co.uk: Paul Howard: Books
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    "The Rider" by Tim Krabbe

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    "It's Not About the Bike"

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    Thanks Vayinafash. Looks like "my cup o tea". Just ordered it from Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Rider-Tim-Krab...der_1582342903

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vayinafash View Post
    "The Rider" by Tim Krabbe
    This is definitely a must read.

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    A yearly must read, I'd say.
    They do anything just to win a salami in ridiculous races. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from sidewalk cafes. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me. It was the illest of times, it was the dopest of times. And we looked damn good. Actually the autobus broke down somewhere on the Mortirolo.

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    Tyler's new book is a must read. If even half of it is true, no wonder cycling has a problem.

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    Roadie: The Misunderstood World Of A Bike Racer, by Jamie Smith.
    Funny and accurate poke at we roadies.
    Capt Willard: "Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger."

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