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Bison11




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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:30 am    Post subject: Book recommendations Reply with quote

Any good book recommendations? Looking for cycling or triathlon related. I've read all the usual, Miller, pantani, Wellington, Hamilton, basson, Armstrong books. Looking for something a bit different - maybe about individual endeavours outside the pro arena.

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the flying scotsman by Obree is worth a read...albeit he was a pro

Ironwar is worth a read too, although it is about pros

French Revolutions and Gironimo by Tim Moore are both good fun and well written...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Good shout on the Obree book. I remember reading that now. I seem to remember it all making a lot more sense when he discussed his sexuality later in life. Shame he couldn't write about it in the book.

Just remembered a few others I have read now about the cannibal and the badger and tommy simpson. Some of the books by or about the older pros better than the new ones.

I'll check out the other ones.

Still open to other suggestions.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Kimmage Rough Ride too...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished John McAvoy's Redemption: Iron bars to Ironman. Quite a tough read for most of it but an amazing story. He's recently been interviewed on IMtalk and this week on Marathon Talk too.

As a bit of light relief to the above Ned Boulting's books are a good read too.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Faster - The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists
& The Hour also by Michael Hutchinson.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't swim, Can't ride, Can't run by Andy Holgate (Iron Holgs of this parish) is a very enjoyable read

Born To Run by Chris McDougal is also really good

Tried reading Feet in the Clouds - A fell running obsession, but I just couldn't get on with the style of it. I think if you're in that world it might be a better bet as (in my view) it strongly relies on knowing who the flop he is talking about in the stories.

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek was also really good if memory serves.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

enjoyed Feet in the Clouds...and Born to run, of course to which you can add Natural Born Heroes...

enjoyed Running with the Kenyans too, by Ad Finn
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved feet in the Clouds, but as then did the BG no surprise although a lot of the hills and Mountains he talked about meant nothing until I started reccing the route.

Over Christmas I read Iron Wars, fantastic read IMO.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doca wrote:
Faster - The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists
& The Hour also by Michael Hutchinson.


+1 Really enjoyed Faster.

Also on the 1-hour theme, Edward Pickering's "The Race Against Time" was an interesting read about the Boardman and Obree's rivarly and their attempts on the hour.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its not Tri or cycling but "Fat Man to Green Man" by Ira Rainey is a good read.

Disclaimer: I know Ira and have completed the Green Man Ultra so may be slightly biased
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some good recommendations above. "How I won the Yellow Jumper" by Ned Boulting is well worth a read. Can't agree on Fat Man to Green Man though. I know Ira quite well and he's a lovely bloke but my god his book is dull as...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rider by Tim Krabbe, not the longest read but enjoyable nonetheless.

I enjoyed FITC, but couldn't engage with Born To Run & have ended up putting it back on the shelf a couple of times.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all. I ordered three books yesterday before I saw all these other recommendations. Gironimo, IronWar and Iron Bars to Ironman. I realised I had read French Revolution and also the Obree/Boardman hour book. I am intrigued by Faster so may try that. Will look at the others as well.

Have read the Ned Boulting book - enjoyed it.

Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

French Revolutions by Tim Moore is worth a giggle.
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