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Barry, Michael, Camille J McMillan. Le Métier : the Season of a Professional Cyclist. 3rd ed. London: Rouleur Books, 2012. Print
“Métier” means “trade” or “profession” in French. The author shared his memories of training and races. One can see his love for the profession through eloquent lines as the reader learnt the behind-the-scene of each race. The appeal of the book is greatly by many stunning shots by Ms. McMillan.
Dauncey, Hugh. French cycling: a social and cultural history. Liverpool, UK : Liverpool University Press. 2012. Print.c
This thoroughly researched work contains great insights into the role bicycles and cycling play in all aspects of the French people’s life: social, economic, educational, health from of the penny farthing into the present. Women’s cycling was also discussed.
Hamilton, Tyler, Daniel Coyle. The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Cost. New York: Bantam Books, 2012. Print.
The author is a former professional bike racer. He talked about the darker side of the Tour: the doping scandals that erupted at each Tour as the competition became fiercer. At the time the author had a 50/50 suspicion that Lance Armstrong resorted to enhance-performing drugs but there was no evidence. We must know by now, through Mr. Armstrong’s own admission, that this was true. He was not the only using the drug however. The book described in great details
Hinault, Bernard. Memories of the Peloton. [Translated by Noel Henderson]. Brattleboro, Vt.: Vitesse Press, 1989. Print.
Hinault’s autobiography followed the usual timeline that starts with his childhood in Bretagne and ended with his retirement from bike racing. The narrative is lively as though he transcribed his memories after recording them. He tended to digress. His pugnacious and ambitious character can be traced back to his roots in Brittany as Bretons are notorious for being stubborn. In the book, he re-told his experience of the races, his relationship with Greg LeMond as well as explained how his family background has helped him prepare for a career in cycling.
Houff, Thomas, Champe Burnley, Jakob Helmboldt. On Richmond’s wheel : a timeline history of cycling in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond: Thomas Houff, 2012. Print.
This book is replete with stunning photographs depicting the history of cycling in Richmond beginning with the Lakeside Wheel Club located at the site of the current Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Moore, Tim. French revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France. New York: St Martin’s Press, 2001. Print.
This a humorous account of a journalist who tried to complete the Tour by himself in six weeks [instead of the traditional three] before the beginning of the actual Tour. Readers will enjoy also the author’s description of the French landscape and its people as he wound his way across France.
Noret, André, Raymond Thomas. Le Cyclisme. Paris : Presses Universitaires de France, 1980. Print.
This is a handy reference book that provides a quick and broad overview of everything pertaining to the bicycle in France: history of the bicycle as well as cycling, the great bike races like the Paris-Roubaix, Bordeaux-Paris or the well-known Tour de France, biographies of famous European cyclists like Fausto Coppi (Italy) , Jacques Anquetil (France) or Eddy Merckx (Belgium). Sociology of cycling, racing tactics, and a detailed description of training methods in preparation.
Pham, Andrew X. Catfish and Mandala. New York: Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999. Print.
For a year, this Vietnamese-American author covered the whole length of Vietnam, from North to South, on his bicycle, in search of his identity and his roots. His experience was related in a humorous tone. The book is an excellent resource for prospective travelers who want to go off the beaten path on bicycle and learn the culture of Vietnam. For a Vietnamese who grew up in the United States, Mr. Pham possessed profound insights into the country and its people.
Ritchie, Andrew. Major Taylor: “The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World”. San Francisco: Cycle Publishing/Van Der Plas Publications, 2010. Print.
This little known African-American professional bicycle racer’s at the turn of the century received well-deserved recognition, albeit posthumously, in this beautifully illustrated book. Born in Indianapolis, “Major” Taylor made Worcester, Massachusetts his home where he did most of his racing. He also enjoyed a triumphant racing tour in Europe. Victim of the rampant racism of the time, he died in poverty at the height of the Depression. His hometown of Indianapolis ultimately paid him tribute by naming a velodrome after him. Marshall W. Taylor has written an autobiography: “The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World”
Sempé. Raoul Taburin. [Paris]: Sempé and Éditions Denoël, 1995. Print.
A graphic novel about bicycle repairman, Raoul Taburin, who had a secret. This secret led to a disastrous photo shoot by a photographer who wanted to take Taburin as his subject. However, all is well that ends well, the hero’s spectacular feat landed him in the hospital while it brought fame to the photographer. This illustrated morality tale will be enjoyed by all.
Startt, James. Tour de France/Tour de Force: A Visual History of the World’s Greatest Bicycle Race. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2000. Print.
A picture is worth a thousand words. This mostly illustrated book filled with archival pictures dating from 1903, the first year of the Tour to 1999 depicted the thrills, pains, and joys of the race. It ended interestingly with the issue of doping in the sport and an informative section on the Tour’s champions during the same period.
Thompson, Christopher S. Tour de France: a cultural history. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2006. Print
This is a well-researched work about the Tour de France, enriched by a substantial bibliography. The author provides an excellent discussion about the early years of the Tour, 1903-1947, in the larger context of French history. Information about the Tour in the second half century is included as well, with discussions of the developments in women’s racing and the controversies surrounding doping from the earliest years of the Tour to the early 2000s.
Wilcockson, John. 23 days in July: Inside Lance Armstrong’s Record-Breaking Tour de France Victory. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2004. Print.
This story is about Mr. Armstrong 6th Tour de France and how he attempted to snatch his 6th victory 6 years in a row. The book reads like a thriller under Mr. Wilcockson’s pen. Readers can catch a glimpse of the beautiful French landscape. The glossary of the Tour’s terminology proves particularly informative.