I have not posted on this thread for a while, but I have got through a number of books! So, I will do some here.
Long Road, Hard Lessons. Mark & Sam Swain.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Long-Road-Hard- ... rd+lessons
A man and son adventure. Young son asks dad at an early age if they can cycle from Ireland to... Japan!. Anyway, true to his word, when the son is 18, Father organizes the event and takes the time off work for a near year-long adventure and approx 10,000 miles. One of the main themes in the book is of course the father / son relationship and how they manage with each other in almost constant contact, camping, biking and so on for a year. Good read, written by Father and son.
Paris Roubaix: The Inside story. Les Woodland.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paris-Roubaix-I ... is+roubaix
A history of the Paris Roubaix cycle race, the history of the area, the route and the riders within it. Full of information on the changing face of the race. The villages who ripped out their cobblestone sections, and then put them back in when the race went elsewhere and the riders, the arguments and crowd fights when the 'wrong man' won. OK book, not expensive either.
The Breakaway - Rolf Rae-Hansen.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breakaway-Cycli ... +breakaway
An interesting book containing quite a lot of detail on exactly what did
go wrong when 2 friends decided to cycle over 30 climbs of the Tour De France in 16 days of riding. The highs, lows, upsets, explosive bowel incidents, soul searching and homesickness (and that's just the food). From the outset its made clear that this was ultimately a friendship destroying experience, but there is still some humorous moments between them. Oh, and they did lots of biking too. And driving. A good read on what happens when you are careless as to what you wish for.