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The Call of the Road

The History of Cycle Road Racing



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The Call of the Road by Chris Sidwells

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Since the invention of the bicycle, people have raced them. The advent of the pneumatic tyre meant that these races could take place on any road in any country - cycle road racing was born. In just over a century the Tour de France has become the most watched sporting event and the Giro d'Italia, Vuela d'Espagne and Spring Classics are expanding to fill the entire year with competitions which are watched by millions of fans, and the routes are cycled by hundreds of thousands of amateurs keen to discover what it is like to ride 200 arduous kilometres in one day, in some cases over the steepest of routes. Intertwined with these competitions is the history and, most importantly, the characters who have graced the road cycling stage. Merckx, Indurain, Coppi, Pantani, Binda, Rominger and Hinault are names that have been raised to mythical status. The Call of the Road reveals the epic battles of all of the racing seasons since the first Tour de France - looking beyond the results to see the drama - not just on the road but within the teams and between individuals - and the politics and scandal that continue to fascinate cycle road race fans everywhere.

Author Biography

Chris Sidwells is a freelance journalist, author and photographer who specialises in all aspects of cycling. His books have been translated into nearly twenty languages and been bestsellers in the UK and abroad. Chris contributes to Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport, as well as Men's Fitness, Cycling Plus, and the Sunday Times. An active racing cyclist, Chris attained gold medal standard in the 2000 Etape du Tour and is a qualified coach.
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June 14th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
William Collins
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