Books to Read on Cycling

Anyone who has even the least bit of knowledge of cycling has heard of the Tour de France and other grand cycling races. These are literally thousands of books available on the subject of cycling. Now that the main competition season has wound down, the time is ripe for catching up on some reading.

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Whether you’re a hard core cycling fanatic or only a casual viewer, these top books on cycling may inspire you to dust off that old bike sitting in the garage and take it out for a spin.

The Cyclist’s Training Bible by Joe Friel  

The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel

If in need to strengthen the fitness level or for those interested in basic training should pick up Cyclist’s Training Bible. Known as an endurance sports-elite coach, Joe Friel is very acquainted with the fitness of the pros. He has trained many triathletes and cyclists. The best seller serves as an enormous reference guide for those who have an interest in cycling, novices and for those in need of a refresher. Now in its fourth edition, Joe Friel has added more specifics of how to train and diets to follow.

The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance by Loren Cordain and Joe Friel  
The Paleo Diet for Athletes by Loren Cordain and Joe Friel
The ‘Paleo Diet’ is based on the concept of eating as our Stone-Age ancestors did. In other words, if a caveman didn’t eat it, neither can you. Those training for serious endurance sports such as Triathlons took notice and began following it. Based on this philosophy, Dr. Loren Cordain co-wrote this book with famed coach of USA Teams Joe Friel. They modified the original diet and retrofitted it to the 21st century Cordain and Friel adapted the paleo diet to the needs of athletes and lifestyle that finally made sense. Many of the changes made are in the area of carbs. The book is a perfect fit for anyone who partakes in triathlon, cycling or lifts’ weights.

Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France by Max Leonard

Lanterne Rouge by Max Leonard
Many cycling fans look forward to the exposé stories behind those involved in the Tour de France. Books tend to base their stories in the behind-the-scenes’ action focusing on either the ‘The Rookie,’ ‘The Doctor,’ ‘The Sprinter’ and ‘The Superstar.’ The book, Lanterne Rouge¨: The Last Man in the Tour de France details on the interesting anecdotes of the Tour’s hidden and secret race. Lanterne Rouge represents the red lantern usually found on the rear car of a train.   The Tour has never officially recognized the cyclist who completes the stages of the Tour ‘dead last.’ The book is compelling in its following these unsung heroes with their amusing and poignant stories while the big battles are going on at the front of the peloton.

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