Excellent reads for summer.
Gironimo! Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy.
by Tim Moore
Laugh out loud funny, this just-released cyclobiography chronicles Tim Moore’s hilarious odyssey to cycle the first (and most extreme) route of the Giro d’Italia – in authentic, vintage style. It’s an amazing feat: 3600+ kilometers on a 100 year old bike that he goes on a scavenger hunt to find, build and ride in leather goggles & wool clothing, hydrated by Chianti. The lead-up to the ride is a bike engineering history lesson; the ride itself, 3600 kilometers of pure entertainment. Moore is a well known British humorist, travel writer and best selling author of French Revolutions, Cycling the Tour de France. Both books make a great summer reading list and are available on Amazon.
Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France.
by Max Leonard
I worked with someone many years ago who used to challenge everyone to learn the art of winning through losing. This book does it, on wheels. Published last year to rave reviews, Lanterne Rouge focuses on the slowest finishers in the Tour de France. Named for the red lamp that swung on the last carriage of a train, this novel approach to an historical racing story is all about the logic in the peloton, making sense of the lone wolf breakaway (press for sponsors) and the lesson that, in the author’s words, “there’s more to sport than winning and losing.” Also available at Amazon.
The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist.
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Mystery buffs, audio book and short story fans will love this Sherlock Holmes adaptation whose central character happens to be a cyclist. No spoiler alert here…just get it. Many versions and media forms available online.