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Full Gas: How to Win a Bike Race - Tactics from Inside the Peloton

Full Gas: How to Win a Bike Race - Tactics from Inside the Peloton (Paperback)

By Cossins, Peter

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Riding as fast as you could for as long as you could was the main tactic in the early days of road racing when Grand Tours could be won by hours.

ISBN 9781787290204
Barcode 9781787290204
Published 6 June 2019 by Vintage
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781787290204
ISBN-10 1787290204
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Yellow Jersey Press
Publication Date 6 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Cossins, Peter
Category Award Winning
History of Specific Subjects
Sports & Outdoor Recreation
Sporting Events, Tours & Organisations
Cycling
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 234g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Bicycle racing
NBS Text Motor Sports & Cycling
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 796.626
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Riding as fast as you could for as long as you could was the main tactic in the early days of road racing when Grand Tours could be won by hours. Now a minute's delay thanks to a puncture could ruin a rider's chances over a three-week race and the sport is described as nothing less than chess on wheels. The intricacies and complexities of cycling are what makes it so appealing: an eye for opportunity and a quick mind are just as crucial to success as a 'big engine' or good form. So how do you win a bike race? How do you cope with crosswinds, cobbles, elbows-out sprints, weaving your way through a teeming peloton? Why are steady nerves one of the best weapons in a rider's arsenal and breakaway artists to be revered? Where do you see the finest showcase of tactical brilliance? Peter Cossins takes us on to the team buses to hear pro cyclists and directeurs sportifs explain their tactics: when it went right, when they got it wrong - from sprinting to summits, from breakaways to bluffing. Hectic, thrilling, but sometimes impenetrable - watching a bike race can baffle as much as entertain. Full Gas is the essential guide to make sense of all things peloton.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2019 (UK)
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

First drawn into the sport while a student in Spain in the mid-1980s, Peter Cossins has been writing about cycling since 1993, contributing principally to Cycling Weekly, Cycle Sport and Procycling. The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d'Huez, an appraisal of cycling's greatest climb. For Yellow Jersey Press he has written the definitive account of the first ever Tour de France, Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep the also the enlightening book on cycling tactics, Full Gas. He lives in the Ari ge in the heart of the French Pyrenees.

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