Cycling

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This insightful series explores different sports—how and where they're played, the equipment and kit needed, and how to get involved. There are tips on training and on developing techniques. The books also feature sporting heroes at the top of their game, with exciting photos of them showing their skills in action.

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Overview

This insightful series explores different sports—how and where they're played, the equipment and kit needed, and how to get involved. There are tips on training and on developing techniques. The books also feature sporting heroes at the top of their game, with exciting photos of them showing their skills in action.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
If you think Olympic cycling is all about an athlete on bike, think again. Here you'll find road racing, time trial and triathlon, on track, individual sprint, team sprints and the keirin, pursuits and point races, the omnium, mountain biking, and BMX racing. If it's all Greek to you, don't worry: with this 32-page book and a bit of time, you just might learn enough to know the differences between them by the start of the Olympic season. The book has a lot of ground to cover, but its focus is set by the theme of the series, "Olympic Sports," and it makes no claim to detailing the ins and outs of each sport. Rather, the focus here is to provide an "essential Olympic viewing guide" for "historical perspective of the summer Olympics." Did you know that no cyclist has ever won both the road race and the time trial? Or that the omnium is a brand-new cycling sport for the 2012 Olympics? The pages are packed with textual and visual information; in fact, it's almost too much. Silver boxes sprinkled with gold stars adorn "Superstar" boxes of information highlighting various athletes. Thick arrows provide captions for one or two full-color photos on each page. Large boxes with bold text launch each double-page spread. Ovals with thick borders highlight "Feats and Records." Each of these features changes colors from page to page, thwarting any sense of consistency. The only call-out box formatted consistently is the "Olympic Oops" box, always with a yellow background and thick red-dashed line. A double-page spread is devoted to each sport, following an introductory "Going for the Gold" spread. The final spread is "Gold Medal Greats." Readers may not know where to look on any given page, but if they give it some time and attention, are sure to be intrigued by this ambitious volume. Those who are budding athletes themselves may even find "inspiration before [their] next competition." Photographs show male and female athletes of a wide variety of ethnicities and countries of origin. Includes a glossary, an index, and a list of books and web sites for further reference. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607531906
  • Publisher: QEB Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/31/2011
  • Series: Olympic Sports
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Gifford is a highly experienced journalist and author with more than 100 books published and more than 800 features and stories written for adults and children.

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Table of Contents

Going for Gold 4

Road Racing 6

Time Trial and Triathlon 8

On Track 10

Individual Sprint 12

Team Sprints and the Keirin 14

Pursuits and Points Races 16

The Omnium 18

Mountain Biking 20

BMX Racing 24

Gold Medal Greats 28

Glossary 30

Books and Web Sites 31

Index 32

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