By Sarah Bonner
Wrap up something a little different for the cyclist in your life this holiday season with book selections—something that will feed their inner champion, challenge their view of the sport, or simply entertain them.
Gold by Chris Cleave
Following two female track cyclists in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics, Gold combines the thrill of track competition with a story grounded in the trials and triumphs of friendship, family, and love. An entertaining novel that will simultaneously tug at your heart strings and motivate you to train.
The Cyclist’s Training Bible by Joe Friel
Friel’s book has become one of the best known and well-used training resources ever written. Covering everything from how to train, how to eat, and how to set goals, Friel guides the reader through the science and application of training. The book includes case studies and a step-by-step guide to creating a personalized training program. Geared to the more serious cyclist, or at least one who wants to be, Friel’s book is a resource you’ll return to over and over again.
The Sports Gene by David Epstein
Epstein investigates whether or not there are “sports genes” that code for athletic success. He keeps the science easily digestible and practical as he examines the relationship between the age-old debate about nature vs. nurture and athletic performance across the globe and in various sports. Epstein weaves together a narrative that is intriguing, relevant, and entertaining.
Is talent a natural gift or is it created? In a related book, Coyle rewrites the definition of talent as he investigates how people achieve success in various fields, from sport to teaching to business. Coyle pinpoints three specific actions that affect success, and explains why and how they operate to change the way you perceive talent.
Hamilton’s now-famous account of his experience racing the professional circuit, and life on the inside with Lance Armstrong during his domination of the Tour de France. Exposing the details of his personal life, training, team politics, and, of course, doping, Hamilton’s book is a real page turner.
A good maintenance book is essential for every cyclist. Andrews gets it right with big close-up step-by-step pictures and easy-to-follow instructions, from how to remove a wheel to installing a bottom bracket. This book will become a greasy companion in your workshop—it’s spiral-bound so it can sit open to the page you need and the pages are thick and glossy enough to handle greasy fingers. Comes in both mountain and road editions.
Sarah Bonner the author of a new e-article, The Clean Girl’s Guide to Cycling: How to Clean Everything from Bar Tape to Sports Bras, has lived and cycled in Canada, Africa, and Europe. Currently, she splits her time between the Netherlands and South Africa where she trains and competes at an amateur level. With a Masters in English and a Diploma in Sports Management, Sarah combines her love of writing and passion for cycling to share honest advice and inspiring stories. Follow her at sarahkimbonner.wordpress.com
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