In know it is mid August and summer is almost over but here are my excuses:
- I just started this blog a couple of weeks ago
- Floyd Landis
- Operation Puerto
- Floyd Landis
Therefore, here is my cycling reading list in order of enjoyment. I picked this list due to the entertainment factor of summer reading. These are good reads that can be enjoyed in chunks at an airport, beach, or wherever. The only exception is the first, Lance Armstrong’s War. It’s just that good.
- Lance Armstrong’s War by Daniel Coyle. This is by far the most objective book on Lance. You will see a glimpse into the very complex character that is Lance Armstrong. This is not written by someone who thinks Lance walks on water or someone who is out to get him. Great read regardless of your position on him.
- The Rider by Tim Krabbe. A cult classic that gets inside the racers mind. Wonderfully written and translated.
- French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France. More of a tour of France then a Tour de France. Funny and fun.
- Heft on Wheels by Mike Magnuson. What happens when an addictive personality finds the bike? The journey is worth it. His wife must be a saint.
- The Race by Dave Shields. A fictional novel with cycling as the backdrop. Good beach-reading material. You will move through this quickly. This, unlike many novels, was written by someone who understands the mindset of a professional cyclist. Dave has written a sequel to this novel that I am about to read.
- Greg Moody’s series. By lumping the series of books outlining the adventures of Will Ross, I don’t want to diminish them. They are funny, irreverent (a little slow at times) but worth the read. Try Perfect Circles and find out.
In the separate category of bathroom reading, try:
- Dancing on the pedals by Phil Liggett. Can also be used as a rule book in the popular drinking game.
In the category of both back to school and kids reading, I highly recommend:
- Go Fly a Bike by Bill Haduch. Bill teaches kids history and science using the bike. My suggestion is your child should be about 9 to understand and read the book. If your child is younger, there are quite a few sections that you can read and explain. That’s what I did. My children were excited to spend time with me and bonding over my passion. Now they can “talk shop” with me and hit me with “Did you know?” questions that create some priceless moments.
Use the comments section to give feedback on these titles and provide your own recommendations!