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The first book to cover in detail Europe's 50 greatest climbs, Mountain High is a book for cyclists of all interests and abilities - from experienced club racers to enthusiastic amateurs who might just want to take on a new challenge.
'The whole point of a race is to find a winner... I chose to race, so I chose to win.' For 14 years between 1965 and 1978, cyclist Edouard Louis Joseph Merckx simply devoured his rivals, their hopes and their careers. His legacy resides as much in the careers he ruined as the 445 victories - including five Tour de France wins and all the monument races - he amassed in his own right. So dominant had Merckx become by 1973 that he was ordered to stay away from the Tour for the good of the event.Stage 17 of the 1969 Tour de France perfectly illustrates his untouchable brilliance. Already wearing the yellow jersey on the col du Tourmalet, the Tour's most famous peak, Merckx powered clear and rode the last 140 kilometres to the finish-line in jaw-dropping solitude, eight minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.Merckx's era has been called cycling's Golden Age.It was full of memorable characters who, at any other time, would all have gone on to become legends. Yet Merckx's phenomenal career overshadowed them all. How did he achieve such incredible success? And how did his rivals really feel about him? Merckx failed drug tests three times in his career - were they really stitch ups as he claimed? And what of the crash at a track meet in Blois, France that killed Merckx's pacer Fernand Wambst, which Merckx claimed deeply affected him psychologically and physically? Or the attack by a spectator in 1975?Despite his unique achievements, we know little about the Cannibal beyond his victories. This will be the first comprehensive biography of Merckx in English, and will finally expose the truth behind this legendary man.
The first full biography of one of the most controversial champions of the Tour de France, Jan Ullrich.
The hidden gems of Europe's best roads and passes, from the authors of the hugely successful Mountain High.Following the success of Mountain High: Europe's Greatest Cycle Climbs comes a volume focusing on the continent's lesser-known, challenging and spectacular mountain roads and passes. From the heights of the tztal Glacier Road in Austria to the 'secret' side of the legendary Alpe d'Huez, Mountain Higher: Europe's Extreme, Undiscovered and Unforgettable Cycle Climbs explores 50 soon-to-be cult locations and captures stunning scenery from off the beaten track. Featuring the technical details (maps, profiles, lengths, heights) that made Mountain High an indispensable reference book, as well as dynamic descriptions of the routes themselves and Pete Goding's breathtaking photography, this book is a stylish and practical guide to the hidden gems that every true cycling enthusiast needs to know about.
The Tour de France is a phenomenon of such scale that it transcends sport. Whether you are mesmerised by the scenery, captivated by its sporting drama or spellbound by the sheer athleticism of the riders, the Tour de France is one of sport's most compelling events. It's a race of mythical proportions, filled with spectacle and superhuman feats of endurance. But what makes the Tour truly unique is that almost all who ride it are equally revered. That a rider has never worn the yellow jersey, let alone won the race, does not make him any less of a hero.The Tour de France inspires the powerful of mind and body to extraordinary achievements, and shines a light on the true nature of the men who battle for glory over three torturous weeks.Legends of the Tour is a tribute to the dedication of the latest generation of riders to tackle the race, from those who stand proud atop the podium, to those who work tirelessly to help elevate their teammates to champions. These are the cycling legends of today and tomorrow.