2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Ireland's great road racing champion Shay Elliott, who died in mysterious circumstances at the tragically early age of 36. He was one of the very first English speaking cyclists who made a serious impact in the professional peloton, and his exploits have never been fully appreciated, either in the traditional heartland of cycling or in his own country. The yea...
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"Tomorrow we ride.” That's what jean Bobet’s brother Louison and he used to say as they arranged to meet: every day while they were racing cyclists, and then just on Sundays when they were no longer competing.
Vin Denson's "The Full Cycle" is the story of that remarkable career, one of loyalty, courage and friendship. Vin Denson was a racing cyclist for almost half a century, and his career ran the full cycle. He began as he ended - as a typical English clubman, riding the weekly club time trial and strapping on a saddlebag for the weekend hostel tour. In between were eight glorious years spent as a professional ...
“A Cyclist's Worst Nightmare” covers a similar time-scope to Hewson’s “In Pursuit of Stardom”, though as a collection of individual but interrelated stories it employs a variety of different literary genres - autobiography, biography, discourse and fiction.
The unusual parcours of the 64th edition of the Vuelta a España proved to be the inspiration for this supplement to Viva la Vuelta!, which we first published in 2005. To commemorate the first four stages of this famous race being run in Holland, the Amsterdam publishers Amstelsport bought the rights to publish a Dutch edition of the book, with the proviso that it be brought up to date.
Jean Bobet’s “Lapize… Now There Was an Ace” tells the story of one of the early greats of cycling and in particular the Tour de France. 2010 was the centenary of the introduction of the Pyrenees into the Tour de France route. It was a contentious decision at that time to send riders on their primitive bicycles into the high mountains. How Tour organiser Henri Desgrange was tricked by his assistant, Georges ...
Brian Robinson, the first Englishman ever to complete the Tour de France, went on to make a career as a professional cyclist in what is generally regarded as one of the toughest eras in a very tough sport.