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Distance Cycling: Your complete guide for long-distance rides

Distance Cycling needs to be in your cycling library. Even if a cyclist thinks he or she knows it all, Distance Cycling will remind that person about the essentials of bike selection and fitting, relevant nutrition and fluid replacement, practical training scheduling, long-ride preparation (event packing lists and pre-ride checklist), managing unexpected issues and safety on the road. In short, the book is a comprehensive digest of distance cycling knowledge.

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Campagnolo: 75 Years of Cycling Passion

Campagnolo: 75 Years of Cycling Passion is exactly what it sounds and looks like, a coffee table book commemorating Campagnolo's contribution to cycling from its beginning in the back room of the family hardware store to today. It's the story of founder Tullio Campagnolo and his ingenious inventions and ideas that helped define road bicycles as we know them today.

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From Lance to Landis

Could we please have some truth in advertising? Like "Positively False," this book is not primarily about the Tour de France. It too went on sale 10 days before the 2007 race, a release date obviously timed to put it in front of the public when interest in the Tour and its controversies is highest. "From Lance to Landis" is about more than that race and drugged Americans. It's about doping in the modern era.

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Positively False - The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France

You can't judge a book by its cover, and the words on this one give the wrong impression. The main title can be taken two ways, one of which is damning to the owner of that face glaring at the reader. Second, how Floyd Landis won the 2006 Tour de France isn't much of what "Positively False" is about. Nor do many of us need a book describing the race. We either saw it on TV or read the details, and Landis's account of the fateful 16th and 17th stages doesn't say much that we don't know.

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Lance Armstrong's War

This book is different. Author Daniel Coyle moved his family to Armstrong's European base in Girona, Spain, for 15 months and finagled access to Armstrong and his team. Coyle sat in on meetings, talked with Armstrong and his teammates, and had a ringside seat as Lance prepared for and rode the 2004 Tour, his record-breaking sixth victory. Coyle even got to watch as Michele Ferrariaka Doctor Evil, Armstrong's Italian coaching advisor at the time, fussed and worried over Lance's wattage results and body weight.

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