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VOYAIf you have a desire to take up cycle racing, this book is a good choice for information about this sport that is more varied than many may think. Cycle racing includes road racing, time trialing, mountain and track racing, and cyclo-cross. Each type is introduced by explaining what it is, how to do it, and what equipment is needed. The author offers advice on joining a cycling club (recommended but not necessary) for the social activity, organized "club rides," licenses, with which races to begin, and access to coaching tips on technique and training. Especially helpful are specific brand-name models and materials equipment recommendations. Fotheringham discusses what foods, drinks, and vitamin supplements should be consumed for different racing. Four real case studies show a typical week's training schedule for each season. The writing is to the point, with much practical information for beginners. Copious photographs and illustrations illuminate various maneuvers, aiding those who need a visual. With the publicity and interest following Lance Armstrong's Tour de France record win, competition cycle racing may be gaining greater popularity in the United States. Where demand warrants, this book fills the bill. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Firefly, 160p.; Index. Illus. Photos. Charts., Ages 15 to Adult.
—Jane Van Wiemokly