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Gift Guide: 9 books for recovery days

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Cycling books

Cycling books

The ever-growing cycling lit genre can be a lot to wade through. Here are a selection of some top reads to occupy your time off the bike and inspire you to get back out on the road.

Training with a powermeter

Training and Racing with a Power Meter (VeloPress)

Training and Racing with a Power Meter is the latest edition of the work by training-with-power gurus Hunter Allen, Andy Coggan and Stephen McGregor. It’s a must for a rider hitting the trainer this winter.

The Joy of Cycling

The Joy of Cycling (Jackie Corley, Hatherleigh Press)

The Joy of Cycling is full of fantastic quotes by famous folks (Robin Williams, Mark Twain, Michelle Pfeiffer and many more) about bikes. It’s easy, breezy reading.

the man and his bike

The Man and His Bike (Wilfried de Jong, Ebury)

The Man and His Bike is a collection of writing by Dutch journalist Wilfried de Jong. There are wonderful narratives on getting and fixing a flat to a meeting and mediation on Gino Bartali.


Road Warrior (Vivian Meyer, Inanna)

For a work of cycling fiction, Road Warrior features a bike courier/amateur detective searching for a missing boy in Toronto.


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With You by Bike (Katrina Rosen, Rocky Mountain Books)

In With You by Bike, a couple heads on 13,000-km tour with the aim of rebuilding their marriage – intense travel and intense relationship strengthening.

Higher Calling (Max Leonard, Yellow Jersey Press)

Higher Calling tries to answer the following question: why do road cyclists go to the mountains?

The World’s Fastest Man (Michael Kranish, Scribner)

The World’s Fastest Man is a biography of Major Taylor. Taylor, who raced in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was the U.S.’s first black sports star.

Cycling and Cinema (Bruce Bennett, Goldsmiths Press)

Cycling and Cinema is a heady look at everyone’s favourite vehicle in movies including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid , Rad , Breaking Away and, E.T.

Sunday in Hell (William Fotheringham, Yellow Jersey Press)

Sunday in Hell goes deep into the making of the Jørgen Leth film, A Sunday in Hell , a documentary of the 1976 ParisRoubaix. The book not only covers filmmaking but the riders and state of pro cycling at the time.