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The History of British Cycle Racing

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The History of British Cycle Racing

Author Chris Sidwells

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Paperback
320 pages
198 x 129mm
Published Aug 2016
ISBN 9780233004235
Book Summary

British cycling is the best in the world: Chris Froome won the Tour de France in 2013 and 2015; Mark Cavendish won the World Road Race Championship; and Sir Bradley Wiggins set a new one-hour track cycling world record. All this has happened since Wiggins won the 2012 Tour de France and, 10 days later, won Olympic Games gold in the time trial, to say nothing of another display of Olympic Velodrome domination by British cyclists. These are just the most recent highlights of Britain's cycling pedigree. But this success did not come overnight, and this fantastic updated edition of The History of British Cycling delves into Britain's illustrious history in the world's major cycling events. It looks at all the characters, from Reg Harris, a track superstar and household name in the 1940s, and Tom Simpson, whose exploits in the 1967 Tour de France cost him his life, to Chris Boardman, 1992 Olympic track champion, and Cavendish, who is third all-time in Tour de France stage victories, with dozens more in between. It examines what these exceptional athletes had to do to get to the top of their respective events and the stories that surrounded their success, all set against the rich history, rivalries and culture of the races they took part in. It examines all the cycling disciplines, including mountain biking and BMX, where British cyclists such as Steve Peat and Shanaze Reade have been world champions. This largely untold story is complemented by interviews with many of the great names in British cycle racing and superb action photography.

Author Bio

Chris Sidwells, the nephew of British cycling legend Tom Simpson, is a journalist, photographer and author who has covered cycling for more than a decade. His writing and photographs feature in every issue of Cycle Sport and Cycling Weekly magazines. He also writes for 220 Triathlon magazine and has contributed to Bicycling, Cycling Plus, Running Fitness, Men's Fitness and GQ magazines as well as broadcasting and speaking on cycling on radio and television. His books include biographies of his uncle, Mr Tom, and of cyclist Allan Peiper, A Peiper's Tale, The Complete Bike Book, Bike Repair Manual, Cycling for Fitness, Tour Climbs, A Race for Madmen and, for Carlton Books, Tour de France Records. He lives in Devon.

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