Cyclopedia: It's All About the Bike
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If it’s on the bike, it’s in the book.
The world of cycling is one of death-defying feats and obscure mechanical
oddities, heroics and geekiness in equal measure. In Cyclopedia, renowned two-wheel aficionado and acclaimed sportswriter William Fotheringham delves deep into this world to unearth amazing facts and enthralling anecdotes.
This essential book is an A to Z compendium of everything you could ever want to know about the bicycle, from the history of the Tour de France to Chris Hoy’s dominance of the Beijing velodrome, from the origins of the quick-release system to the diet that powered Graeme Obree to the world hour record, from Lance Armstrong’s fabled career to the slang words used for performance-enhancing substances, from the literature of cycling to the perils of vicious dogs.
Cyclopedia has all the equipment, the races, the chases, the faces, the places, the drugs, the sex, and the scandals to convert any amateur cyclist into a full-fledged bike expert.
teams in the UCI ProTour, while BMC, run by Ochowicz, is a fourth major US team. In Armstrong’s protégé, Taylor Phinney, now a pro with BMC, America may just have a new LeMond in the making. V VAN LOOY, Rik Born: Grobbendonk, Belgium, December 20, 1933 Major wins: World road race champion 1960–1; Milan–San Remo 1958; Tour of Flanders 1959, 1962; Paris–Roubaix 1961–2, 1965; Liège–Bastogne–Liège 1961; Giro di Lombardia 1959; Ghent–Wevelgem 1956–7, 1962; Paris-Brussels 1956, 1958;
time-trialling skill secured him the yellow jersey when he won the prologue time trial. He also took the opening stage in 1997 and 1998, but crashed out of the Tour four times in six starts. In 1994 Boardman won the inaugural time trial world championship and in 1996 he won an Olympic bronze medal at the discipline, then set what is now the definitive distance at the hour with 56.375 km. After the rules governing the hour record were changed, he decided to end his career with an attempt under
mountain-bike world titles as a veteran and 15 Italian cross-country skiing championships in various categories. Connie Carpenter-Phinney (b. 1957) American who came to cycling from speed skating, in which she won a national title in 1976. That year she won the US road and pursuit titles, repeating the double in 1977 and 1979. In 1984 she became the first women’s Olympic road race champion in Los Angeles, narrowly outsprinting her teammate Rebecca Twigg. Carpenter was also a national
CYCLE SPEEDWAY Cycling discipline run along the same lines as motorized speedway, with short, sharp races run counterclockwise on an oval track, with a standing start. It developed in the 1940s when the motorized version was at its zenith, when kids began racing on British bombsites using discarded bikes, with bars made of copper piping to imitate motorbike handebars. Now, races are held on outdoor dirt tracks between 65 and 90 meters in length. As in TRACK RACING, bikes have single speed
expected of one of the most competitive cyclists to grace the sport. She certainly does not seem like a woman who is famed for falling out with teammates, officials, and suppliers, and who was described as being “the best [athlete] with the worst of personalities” (Le Nouvel Observateur). In Beijing, aged 50, Longo became one of a handful of athletes to compete in seven successive OLYMPIC GAMES, and in London she can expect to move another step toward the absolute record of nine games held by