Books like The Elite Bicycle are meant to be like a good meal, savored over time. It brings you behind the scenes to peek into the world of the craftsmen and women that bring you the quality product you own or dream of owning.
The book interweaves the stories of 4 men, Tom Ritchey, Jonathan “Jock” Boyer, Adrien Niyonshuti, and Paul Kagame. They try to accomplish what seems like an impossible goal, putting a Rwandan man in the Tour de France.
If you want to ride like a pro, it helps to do as they do. For Tom, doing regular core strengthening exercises is how he rides powerfully and pain-free. But importantly, this book is not just for aspiring pros. It is for any cyclist at any level who would like their body to function better, both on and off the bike.
The Giro d’Italia is currently underway and there is a wonderful book out to help you appreciate this race and its venerable history and tradition: Maglia Rosa – Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia by Herbie Sykes. Through chapters with such titles as The Red Devil, Campionissimo, The Angel of the Mountains, The Savior of the Maglia Rosa, The Perfect Crime, and many more, this book tells the stories of great champions, colorful characters and exhilarating stages, delivers the beginnings and development of the Giro, gives behind the scenes history and detail, and offers a prognosis and direction for the future.
The Armstrong Lie is an excellent documentary, especially for those of us interested in the recent history of professional cycling and the downfall one of its greatest purported champions’. Highly recommended.