The Belgian Hammer: Forging Young Americans into Professional Cyclists

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This is the story of what it takes for young Americans to make it in professional cycling. Only thirty-six Americans have competed in the Tour de France since the world's greatest bicycle race began in 1903. That's not too many more than the twelve Americans who have walked on the moon. It's far fewer than the hundreds of Americans who have reached the summit of Mount Everest.

But rising stars such as Lawson Craddock of Texas, Benjamin King of Virginia, Taylor Phinney of ...

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Overview

This is the story of what it takes for young Americans to make it in professional cycling. Only thirty-six Americans have competed in the Tour de France since the world's greatest bicycle race began in 1903. That's not too many more than the twelve Americans who have walked on the moon. It's far fewer than the hundreds of Americans who have reached the summit of Mount Everest.

But rising stars such as Lawson Craddock of Texas, Benjamin King of Virginia, Taylor Phinney of Colorado, Daniel Holloway of California, and Tyler Farrar of Washington state are doing just that as they endure crashes, cold rain, cobblestones, crosswinds, and culture shock on their road to cycling stardom, which starts in Belgium.

This is the story of the next generation—of riders not yet tainted by drug scandals, of riders still bursting with hope and potential. This is the story American cycling fans need right now.

Daniel Lee is a passionate journalist and cyclist. In his early twenties, Lee raced his bike across Kentucky horse country, through mountains in Germany and over cobblestones in Belgium. He was even a professional cyclist—for one race—in 1991. He has worked as a reporter with the Indianapolis Star.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891369919
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 777,082
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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Daniel Lee is a passionate journalist and cyclist. In his early 20s, Lee raced his bike across Kentucky horse country, through mountains in Germany and over cobblestones in Belgium. He was even a professional cyclist — for one race — in 1991. He is now a reporter with the Indianapolis Star.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by George Hincapie Prologue: Easter in Bruges
1 Davy Crockett Goes to Flanders
2 Navigating by Steeple
3 Grim Beauty
4 Taylor and Tyler
5 Motivated Over Bicycling
6 Izegem House Rules
7 Cycling’s Sad Side
8 Kermis Culture
9 The Curious Case of Gregg Germer
10 Back in the USA
11 Ponytails in the Peloton
12 Ripping Their Hearts Out
13 Out of the Vortex
14 What It Takes Sources Acknowledgments Giving Back to Bikes

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