What are the best books about cycling?

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    #1The Secret Race

    The Secret Race

    The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs is a nonfiction biography book written by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle. This nonfiction biography book was published by Bantam.

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    James Wright
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a great cycling book. If you haven't read it yet and you love biking you are missing out."
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    #2The Rider

    The Rider

    The Rider is a literary sports classic written by Tim Krabbe and translated by Sam Garrett. Originally published in 1978 in the Netherlands, it focuses on the art of bicycle road racing. 

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    Vivaan Sarin
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I used to think that stories about cycling were boring. Then my friend handed me this book. Oh wow was I wrong! Bike road racing is completely fascinating. "
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    #3The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography

    The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography
    The Death of Marco Pantani: A biography is a book written by Matt Rendello. Originally published in 2006 by Phoenix, it centers on the life of the former Tour de France winner Marco Pantani.
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    Bruce Qiu
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The parts about cycling were good, but they were too infrequent. It focused more on his life. I have read better and more interesting biographies."
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    #4Slaying the Badger

    Slaying the Badger

    Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France is a non-fiction book about cycling that is written by Richard Moore. Originally published in 2011, it focuses on arguably the best Tour de France edition ever.

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    Beatriz Calderón
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I virtually know nothing about cycling, so this book was informative for me. Overall, I found it to be interesting and exciting."
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    #5Rough Ride

    Rough Ride

    Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel With a Pro Cyclist is a non-fiction book about cycling written by Paul Kimmage. Originally published in 1990, it describes the author's experience in competing in the Tour de France.

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    Eugene Rios
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Paul tells a lot about how the Tour de France race actually works per breakaways and reeling them in and the work of domestiques. I am being a bit generous with a 5 star rating but the inside view of the peloton is the best I've read. Too, it's good that it's not just some 190 page cycling book and believe me, not to name names but this is a downfall of a number of books out there. There was also a lot of good info on races in his native Ireland, Belgium, Holland, the Milk Tour of Britain which is one I've always liked since my friend had a white Raleigh that was a milk tour bike. As far as doping goes, "From Lance to Landis" by Kimmage's friend David Walsh is by far the best out of a half dozen or so books out there on the subject but he does do a good job describing the UCI's position on doping and an often weak one at that. He really ends up leaving more questions open with few answers. Yes, some of the doping info is dated to his racing days and he does have a "see, I told you so" attitude. With all that said, I was under the big impression this was a doping in cycling book. The last 3rd is what really is about doping and the problem makes appearances here and there prior to that, so I don't consider this a real doping expose."
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    #6Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson

    Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson
    Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson is a non-fiction book about cycling written by William Fotheringham. Originally published in 2003, it focuses on the story of Tom Simpson, a former world champion, and Olympic medallist.
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    Phillip Thomas
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "William Fotheringham has written what is certainly the best cycling biography of the many I have read. The book treats the controversial and tragic life of British pro Tom Simpson in an objective, and sensitive manner. Fotheringham's Simpson becomes more than the mythical driven cyclist who died on the slopes of the Mt Ventoux. We see a full portrait of not only a talented and ambitious cyclist, but a husband, father, and complex human being. We get to know Simpson the person, not just the myth."
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    #7Boy Racer

    Boy Racer

    Boy Racer is a non-fiction memoir written by Mark Cavendish. Published in 2009, Boy Racer narrates the author's experiences in competing on Tour de France.

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    Marcela Vera
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Cycling isn't a common topic for books. Boy Racer though is based on real stories from the tour de france."
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    #8Tomorrow, We Ride

    Tomorrow, We Ride

    Tomorrow, We Ride is a non-fiction biography written by Jean Bobet and translated by Adam Berry. Published in 2008, Tomorrow, We Ride gives its readers a glimpse in the life Bobet brothers.

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    Brian Nelson
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This was a pretty insightful book, though I'd hope the author would detail more of the relationship with his brother, outside of the cycling part. Maybe it lost something in the translation, but it reads more like a rundown of cycling events, and less about the personal part of the story."
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    #9Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike

    Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike

    Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike is a biography written by William Fotheringham. Published in 2012 by Yellow Jersey Press, it provides an in-depth view to the life of Eddy Merckx who is arguably the greatest cyclist of all time.

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    Reyansh Jayaraman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Half Man, Half Bike is a fascinating biography of cyclist Eddy Merckx. One of the greatest cyclists of all time, Merckx proves as fascinating in person as he is on the track. This man is brought to life by this biography by William Fotheringham. This is absolutely worth it for any fan of cycling or biographies in general."
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    #10Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

    Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

    Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever is a non-fiction book written by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell. Published in 2013, it discusses Armstrong's doping scandal.

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    David Ray
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell's "Wheelmen" is a well-written, documented, organized book, and an easy read. One needs not be a cyclist to follow most of the book, but one who has cycled will perhaps receive a more visceral appreciation for this work. As a former mountain bike and cyclo-cross racer, who has put a lot of time on the roads, I am neither an antagonist of, nor an apologist for Lance Armstrong. I remember a conversation among racing friends during the early 2000's about Armstrong and the professional peloton. While most defended Lance, one, with perhaps more insight than the rest of us commented, "they are all dirty"."

Summary

Best What are the best books about cycling
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Secret RaceBooks 43 Paid
2The RiderBooks 40 Paid
3The Death of Marco Pantani: A BiographyBooks 37 Paid
4Slaying the BadgerBooks 34 Paid
5Rough RideBooks 33 Paid
6Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom SimpsonBooks 30 Paid
7Boy RacerBooks 28 Paid
8Tomorrow, We RideBooks 27 Paid
9Merckx: Half Man, Half BikeBooks 24 Paid
10Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy EverBooks 20 Paid
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