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Best Cycling Books You Should Read

There are countless Cycling courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Cyclist’s Training Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Training Guide (2018)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadJoe Friel is the most trusted coach in the world and his proven cycling training program has helped hundreds of thousands find success in the sport.Joe has completely rewritten this new 5th Edition of The Cyclist’s Training Bible to incorporate new training principles and help athletes train smarter than ever. The Cyclist’s Training Bible equips cyclists of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing for race day.With this all-new edition, Joe will guide you to develop your…
Author(s): Joe Friel

2. It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels (2012)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadRobert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. He rides to get to work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, and to stay sane. He’s no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops and build his dream machine. It’s All About the Bike follows Penn’s journey, but this book is more than the story of his hunt for two-wheeled perfection. En route, Penn brilliantly explores the culture, science, and history of the bicycle. From the United Kingdom to California, via Portland, Milan,…
Author(s): Robert Penn

3. Mastering Mountain Bike Skills (2017)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadIf you want to ride like a pro, you should learn from a pro! In Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, Third Edition, world-champion racer Brian Lopes and renowned riding coach Lee McCormack share their elite perspectives, real-life race stories, and their own successful techniques to help riders of all styles and levels build confidence and experience the full exhiliration of the sport. Mastering Mountain Bike Skills is the best-selling guide for all mountain biking disciplines, including enduro, pump track racing, dual slalom, downhill, cross-country, fatbiking, and 24-hour races. It absolutely captures the sport and offers…
Author(s): Mr Brian Lopes, Mr Lee McCormack

4. Cycling Anatomy: Your Illustrated Guide for Cycling Strength, Speed, and Endurance (2019)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadFrom steep inclines to slick terrains, Cycling Anatomy, Second Edition, will ensure you are prepared for every challenge that comes your way. Using the same methods that elite cyclists use, you can employ this well-rounded collection of 89 strength and conditioning exercises to maximize cycling power, speed, and endurance to improve your cycling performance. Each exercise includes clear step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations that highlight the primary muscle being used. You’ll find dozens of variations that use a…
Author(s): Sovndal, Shannon, M.D.

5. Bike Fit: Optimise your bike position for high performance and injury avoidance (2014)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadDo you suffer from lower back pain after a long weekend ride? Do your shoes wear out on one side more than the other? Are you experiencing numbness in your hands, or knee pain? Phil Burt, Head Physiotherapist at British Cycling and Team Sky Consultant Physiotherapist, has worked with hundreds of cyclists to help them solve these and many other classic cycling niggles. In this book he outlines his methods to help you analyse your position and get the best from your bike. The right BIKE FIT can mean the difference between a good ride and a bad one, but a professional fit can cost more than you paid for…
Author(s): Phil Burt , Chris Hoy, et al.

6. Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation (2013)

 Best Cycling Books You Should Read    Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend who not only won the Tour de France twice but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. In Road to Valor, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali’s journey, from an impoverished childhood in rural Tuscany to his first triumph at the 1938 Tour de France. As World War II ravaged Europe, Bartali undertook dangerous activities to help those being targeted in Italy, including sheltering a family of Jews and smuggling counterfeit identity documents in the frame of his bicycle. After…
Author(s): Aili McConnon, Andres McConnon

7. Cycling Paradises: 100 Bike Tours of the World’s Most Breathtaking Places to Pedal (2018)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadDiscover the best places to bike in this carefully curated guide to seeing the world on a bike. Organized by terrain – urban, mountain, on-road, scenic – each tour was constructed by leading French cycling expert Claude Droussent who co-founded “L’Étape du Tour” which is an organized mass participation event that allows amateur cyclists to race over the same route as the Tour de France on the tour’s official rest days.From family-friendly urban sightseeing tours to epic rides off the beaten track, the destinations featured here range from easy bike tours of Paris to more challenging adventures in diverse locales like…
Author(s): Claude Droussent

8. Epic Bike Rides of the World (Lonely Planet) (2019)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadLonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher Discover 200 of the best places to ride a bike in this beautifully illustrated paperback. From family-friendly, sightseeing urban rides to epic adventures off the beaten track. Destinations range from France and Italy, for the world’s great bike races, to the wilds of Mongolia and Patagonia. These journeys will inspire – whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting started. The book is organised by continent. In the Americas we join a family bikepacking trip in Ecuador; we pedal the Natchez Trace Parkway and stop at…
Author(s): Lonely Planet

9. Carb Cycling: How to Lose Weight, Shed Fat, and Live a Healthier Life Without Giving Up On Your Favorite Meals (Weigh Loss with Delicious Recipes Included) (2019)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadA Weight Loss Method Which Will Not Only Help You Get Leaner in 12 Weeks… But You Don’t Even Have To Sacrifice Your Favorite Meals in the Process…Have you tried endless alternative diets but nothing seems to work for more than a few weeks……and you always just end up where you started?Are you tired of feeling powerless and miserable, and really want to break through?Do you finally want to say goodbye to the uncomfortable pointless diets, and find something that actually works for you?If so, then you’ve come to the right place.You see, losing weight, increasing athletic performance…
Author(s): Alice Redfield

10. Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Guide to Mountain Bike Repair (2018)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadFrom basic repairs like how to fix a flat to advanced overhauls of drivetrains and brakes, Lennard Zinn’s clearly illustrated guide makes every bike repair and maintenance job easy for everyone. Lennard Zinn is the world’s leading expert on bike maintenance and repair. His friendly, step-by-step guide explains the tools and parts you’ll need and how to know you’ve done the job right. The book’s two-color interior is easy to read―even in a dimly-lit garage or workshop. Hundreds of hand-drawn illustrations and exploded-parts diagrams show just the right level of detail to lead you through every mountain…
Author(s): Lennard Zinn

11. The Complete Bike Owner’s Manual (2017)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadKeep your bike in mint condition with this visually in-depth manual for bicycle maintenance and care.Featuring CGI illustrations that can be viewed at any angle, The Complete Bike Owner’s Manual shows every aspect of bicycle repair and maintenance. Each diagram and step-by-step instruction is shown more clearly than ever before in this book.Learn how to mend a tire puncture, build your own custom bike from scratch, or adjust your seat with The Complete Bike Owner’s Manual. Find out which bike is right for you, know what questions to ask in the store, and make sure you know what to look…
Author(s): DK

12. Training and Racing with a Power Meter (2019)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadA power meter can unlock more speed and endurance than any other training tool―but only if you understand the data. This new third edition of Training and Racing with a Power Meter updates the comprehensive guide that was last published almost 10 years ago. Using this updated guide, any rider can exploit the incredible usefulness of any power meter. Pioneering cycling coach Hunter Allen and exercise physiologists Dr. Andy Coggan and Stephen McGregor show how to use a power meter to find your baseline power data, profile your strengths and weakness, measure fitness and fatigue, optimize your daily workouts, peak for races, and set and…
Author(s): Hunter Allen , Coggan PhD, Andrew R., et al.

13. Ultra-Distance Cycling: An Expert Guide to Endurance Cycling (2017)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadThis expert guide to competitive ultra-distance cycling is all riders need to cycle a very long way, fast.Ultra-distance events are among some of the greatest challenges a cyclist can face, with riders spending hundreds of miles in the saddle over a 24-hour period, battling the elements and overcoming both physical and mental hardships.What was once elite is now commonplace, and today thousands of dedicated riders cycle up to and over 100 miles on ultra-distance rides every week. To add to this, the increasing profile of major events such as Race Across of America (RAAM), Race Across…
Author(s): Simon Jobson, Dominic Irvine

14. Alpe d’Huez: The Story of Pro Cycling’s Greatest Climb (2016)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadIt has been called the Tour de France’s ‘Hollywood climb’, and there is no doubt that Alpe d’Huez has played a starring role in cycling’s history since its first encounter with the sport back in 1952 when the legendary Fausto Coppi triumphed on the summit. Re-introduced to the Tour in 1976, Alpe d’Huez has risen to mythical status, thanks initially to a string of victories by riders from Holland, whose exploits attracted tens of thousands of their compatriots to the climb, which has become known as ‘Dutch mountain’….
Author(s): Peter Cossins

15. The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners: Everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding (2014)

 Best Cycling Books You Should ReadBicycling is undergoing a renaissance in this country as millions of people are taking to the streets in this nostalgic, beloved pastime. From purchasing one’s first bike to learning all its different components, Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners is the go-to guide for any beginning cyclist’s collection. The vast territory of cycling and its facets will become a welcome terrain for any rider who wants to ride smarter, faster, and safer using this incredible wealth of knowledge. As the sales of new bicycles increase every year, these helpful tips will…
Author(s): Tori Bortman

Best Cycling Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some cycling books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The End of the Road: The Festina Affair and the Tour that Almost Wrecked Cycling

Author(s): Alasdair Fotheringham
ID: 2388869, Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport, Year: 5 May 2016, Size: 8 Mb, Format: epub

Cycling & Walking for Regional Development: How Slowness Regenerates Marginal Areas

Author(s): Paolo Pileri, Rossella Moscarelli
ID: 2877801, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 11 Mb, Format: pdf

Cycling to Work: An Analysis of the Practice of Utility Cycling

Author(s): Patrick Rérat
ID: 2887557, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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