Reads

Books, magazines, articles, websites, and anything of general interest that I insist you read, or else.

Triathlete Europe Magazine

Top quality magazine that has well written, in depth, quality content, that won’t be out of place on your coffee table. A bit more intellectual than the other top selling titles, and normally more biased to long distance, but full of intelligent articles, and backed with a great website.

Pro Cycling Magazine

The best cycling magazine, by far. Quality journalism about the world of professional cycling, with stunning photography from Tim de Waele. Another mag that’s as much at home by the side of the bed, or on the coffee table.

Rouleur Magazine

The periodical of the cognoscenti. I only have one issue, but must strive to subscribe to it. It is top draw cycling reportage. I may not be worthy of having it in my possession.

A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington

By the time this book came out, we already knew Chrissie’s story. If fact, this book finishes after her last World Championship victory in 2011 and subsequent retirement. Having read a lot of her articles and sound bites, I was a bit worried that the whole book would be a kind of empowering, motivational, pat yourself on the back, self help autobiography, which would have been fine. But this is full of highs and lows and real life. She’s the real deal, and that’s why we love her.

The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle

The book that finally blew the lid off of the world of systematic doping in the pro peloton, and put the final nail in the coffin of Lance Armstrong’s controversial career. Exceptionally open and honest, superbly written, and hard to put down. It won the Wiliam Hill Sport Book of the Year 2012, for good reason.

Le Metier by Michael Barry

An inside look at the life of a pro rider, Michael Barry. The title roughly translates as ‘the struggle’, and this book tells that struggle. Great photos, too.

Boy Racer by Mark Cavendish

Quite ambitious to write an autobiography at such a young age and at an early stage of your career, but I like the way this is written. I like the frankness and the honesty of Cavendish. Love him or hate him, he is who he is, and doesn’t pull any punches.

Racing Through the Dark by David Millar

This is David Millar’s story about his doping experiences in professional cycling, and his subsequent come back. Again, very open and honest, and this came out before Tyler Hamilton’s book, but without any names named. Another must read for a view into the dark world of cycling.

It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong

Are you fucking joking? No I’m not. Forget about the doping, the lies, and the fall from grace, this is about a fight against cancer, and not giving in to it. It is still an inspirational story.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Nothing to do with sport, and I don’t do fiction as a rule, but this is the best book ever.

 

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