Top Ten Cycling Books
No 1: French Revolutions by Tim Moore
No 2: It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong
What Lance Armstrong coming second! I know, I know it's had to believe but this year the man with the wardrobe full of yellow jersies is going to have to make do with the silver medal. But don't let this put you off, this compelling read is an inspiriation to all. Whether your interest is science, cycling, sport or just a dam fine read. Gripping from the start, it takes the reader over the ups and downs of an extraordianry part of an extraordinary persons life. Lance Armstrong's tale is truly the stuff of legend.
The second book from Alastair Humphrey's 46,000 mile round-the-world -pedal-powered epic is a must-have for anyone with a longing for life on the open road. Spanning no less than five continents Al's ride took four years to complete, on a tiny budget but with bundles of determination. Having pedalled through the Middle East and Africa in his first book, Al still had to cross to South America and ride to Canada, across Siberia and back through Europe to finish his journey. In Thunder and Sunshine, Al's love of life, determination and unbreakable will shine through in this beutiful read from one of the very best adventure authors out there.
No 5: Travels in a Strange State by Josie Dew
No 6: Johnny Ginger's Last Ride by Tom Freemantle
No 7: Lone Traveller by Anne Mustoe
No 8: Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage
If you ever dreamed about doing something really adventurous at least once in your life, you must read this book! The late, great Barbara writes about the lows as well as the highs of cycle touring, and this book still holds a rightful place as a classic amongst cycle tourists. It makes both an exciting and humorous read because this is a travel book about an honest couple people living a real adventure.
No 9: The Adventure Cycle Touring Handbook by Steve Lord
No 10: The Flying Scotsman Graeme Obree
And what of next year? Which cycling books will be leading the pack and filling the shelves. Well no doubt Chris Hoy will have a few missives on the shelves but other than that do look out for The Hungry Cyclist – Pedalling The Americas in Search of the Perfect Meal. Published by Harper Collins in May I can guarantee it will make the Top Ten next year.