Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer

Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer

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by Jamie Smith, Jef Mallett
     
 

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Veteran race announcer and long-time cycling enthusiast Jamie Smith sets out to explain the sport he loves and the roadies who live for it in this lighthearted treatise on bike racing. Finally, a book to explain those people who roll out for a ride dressed in technicolored Lycra at the crack of dawn on Saturday, and return at sundown with a glow of satisfaction and

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Veteran race announcer and long-time cycling enthusiast Jamie Smith sets out to explain the sport he loves and the roadies who live for it in this lighthearted treatise on bike racing. Finally, a book to explain those people who roll out for a ride dressed in technicolored Lycra at the crack of dawn on Saturday, and return at sundown with a glow of satisfaction and even stronger tan lines.

Perfect for anyone who has ever known a roadie, considered becoming a roadie, or walked away from a bike race completely puzzled, Roadie addresses all of the curiosities that accompany the sport of cycling, from shaved legs to colorful jerseys and unbelievably expensive bicycles, shoes, and components. Every seemingly neurotic tendency is explained and celebrated with humorous illustrations from nationally syndicated cartoonist Jef Mallett (also rumored to log thousands of miles of riding per year).

Explaining strategy and races from the famous Tour de France stage race to the local criterium, Roadie brings the excitement of bike racing alive for anyone with an appetite for adrenaline. And for the thousands who purchase a shiny new road bike each spring, it's a much-needed primer on the politics of a group ride. Pacelines, drafting, sprinting, climbing, and breakaways are turned into everyday commonsense with colorful anecdotes.

Whether interested onlooker or cycling aficionado, readers will find themselves laughing out loud as they revel in the roadie's world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937716011
Publisher:
VeloPress
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Jamie Smith has been a bike racer since 1983 and a bike race announcer since 1985, working his way up through the ranks of amateur cycling and traveling with some of the world's greatest cyclists. When he's not on his bike, Jamie is a public information officer and photographer for the City of Rochester in Michigan.
Jef Mallett is the author and illustrator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Frazz, which runs in over 160 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada and at comics.com/frazz. Jef has published three collections of Frazz illustrations, Frazz 3.14159..., Frazz, Live at Bryson Elementary, and 99 Percent Perspiration. An avid cyclist and frequent triathlete, Mallett has contributed to Inside Triathlon, Triathlete, and Velo magazines.

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kioki More than 1 year ago
Basic book on Road racing, glad to have read it before the Tour de France. It doesn't go into great detail, but gives you a begining knowledge of how the teams work. Easy to read.