1,000 Miles in 12 Days: Pro Cyclists on Tour

1,000 Miles in 12 Days: Pro Cyclists on Tour

by David Hautzig

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Fabulous full color photographs visually describe this professional racing event. The teams of racers must drive their bicycles and bodies up to 150 miles in grueling days of mountains, hills, and flatlands. The members and roles of various team members are explained, as well as the variety of sub racing honors. Most coveted are the King of the Mountain, General Classification, and Sprint jerseys that identify winners during various stages of the race. Strategy, equipment and the proper food all contribute to a winning ride.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Using the 1994 Tour Du Pont (held in the eastern United States) as an example, Hautzig describes a professional-cycling stage race. He explains the teamwork; strategy; and stages (time trials, flat, and mountain stages) involved in this type of event, with special terms highlighted in yellow in the text. Although it's hard to spot some of the riders mentioned in the captions, the photographer utilizes a variety of angles and perspectives to convey the speed, strategy, and struggle of the cyclists as they cover various types of terrain and try to win (or help their leader win) the race. The support crews who provide food and mechanical and medical help are also included. The full-color photos are sharp and crisp, with understandable blurring when the pace warrants it. They are, however, surprisingly cleanthey show consistently clear and sunny weather with no hint of the crashes and injuries that can occur. Although not a history of the sport or its personalities, nor an in-depth look at life on the professional racing circuit, this book will help spectators understand just what goes on in this type of race. A brief list for further reading mentions books and magazines that can update readers on current events. A map shows the locations of the Tour Du Pont races, although some colors on the legend do not match those on the map itself.Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
10.56(w) x 8.23(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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