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Roscoemck




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few I've read and enjoyed:

The Escape Artist by Matt Seaton. Tale of an amateur cyclist and the trials and tribulations of life.

In Search of Robert Millar by Richard Moore.

The World According to G by Geraint Thomas

I'm Here to Win by Chris McCormack
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for 'The Rider' by Tim Krabbe, which I read years ago before I did triathlon and before most of the other books mentioned were written. He is a great writer and I believe was a keen amateur cyclist, so no surprise that Matt Seaton said, "Nothing better is ever likely to be written on the subjective experience of cycle-racing".

Also did get on with' Feet in the Clouds', but there again, I am familiar with the Bob Graham Round.

No swimming books so far. My wife bought me 'Hell and High Water by Sean Conway' after hearing a World Service programme about it in the middle of the night. Very glad for her insomnia, because his swim from Lands End to John 'O Groats was a very enjoyable read.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would I be right in saying Craig Alexander hasn't done an autobiography?

Just seems to have done "As the Crow Flies" a few years back. This is more a photo book about his journey to Kona one year.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heart of a Champion by Plucky is also good.
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Doca




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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laufmann wrote:
+1 for 'The Rider' by Tim Krabbe


+1 for me also. The best opening paragraph to any book Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for Iron War. It's been derided for being unnecessarily heavy on the sports-science theory in parts, but I found it to be a great book and a brilliant glimpse into the earlier (mostly) pre-technology pioneering days of IM and Kona.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonkeySpank wrote:
+1 for Iron War. It's been derided for being unnecessarily heavy on the sports-science theory in parts, but I found it to be a great book and a brilliant glimpse into the earlier (mostly) pre-technology pioneering days of IM and Kona.


i thought he made a good hash of what would otherwise have been a 'two men race each other - one wins' yawn...great book, great race...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

salad_dodger wrote:
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...


You are genuinely the first person I've heard say that. Although hang around Bristol too long and you'll get a free signed copy off him at some point.

As you say he's a lovely bloke and he's one of those fellas that always seems to have an anecdote about whatever the subject is. I Rd'd with him at parkrun until he retired to concentrate on the difficult second book.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read this a few years ago if you can find a copy

All about breaking the LEJOGLE (Lands End - John O'Groats - Lands End) cycling record. I certainly found it pretty inspiring.

http://www.rockettrides.com/?page_id=1270
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't bother with Iron War as I'm really not a fan of Matt Fitzgerald.

I am currently reading Surfacing by Siri Lindly and really enjoying it.

Lance Armstrong's War I think is an interesting read and like Dan Coyle.

I liked Born to Run.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nicole Cookes book is eye opening. I always thought she was just a little bitter, but with the way she was treated by the authorities even as a kid because she was Welsh, female and better than people on the WCPP! I'm now not surprised shes like she is. Won everything in spite of the continued attempts to derail her at every level.

about to start wide eyed and legless. Its about Shane Suttons team, the first British team to enter the Tour in the 80's and meant to be pretty good

cycle of lies , more armstrong shit

gerry duffys book tick tock ten about the enduroman deca

the grace to race - sister madonna buder

oh and natural born heros is interesting
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good call about Nicole Cooke's book, shall put that on my birthday list.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonkeySpank wrote:
+1 for Iron War. It's been derided for being unnecessarily heavy on the sports-science theory in parts, but I found it to be a great book and a brilliant glimpse into the earlier (mostly) pre-technology pioneering days of IM and Kona.

I'm actually reading it at the moment. To be honest, the sport science bit is probably the most fascinating part.

As eJC says, he does a good job of making a description of an Iron distance race a thrilling read, but without the other bits, it wouldn't be anywhere near as good.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:

the grace to race - sister madonna buder



hmmm Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FatPom wrote:
hammerer wrote:

the grace to race - sister madonna buder



hmmm Wink


her life story is fascinating. As well as the Ironman / Marathon stuff which is half of the book.
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