My first recent book is called 'Need for the bike'. Its an English translation of a French book by Paul Fournel....
This book has been re-released with some re-work by Rouleur magazine and Paul Fournel. Apparently has a few longer essays in it by the author, as I think he contributes to Rouleur (I don't buy that mag a present). Its reviewed here: http://inrng.com/2012/09/book-review-velo/
Funnily enough, the review quotes the same paragraph I did in my previous post about Mount Ventoux, however, has a little less sympathy for the book cover! Maybe I was influenced in buying by podium cafe to reading it, so I can't claim it was all my own idea, guv.
It also seems our beloved St. Joseph of Burt has done some artwork for it, and it looks good too.
Its now a few quid more but nicely made and available here: http://www.rouleur.cc/Velo
There is also a limited edition copy which is more money but signed and supplied with prints and so on.
I will await a few more quid in the bank before buying it but the original (for me) was pretty great anyway.