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Tour Fever: The Armchair Cyclist's Guide to the Tour de France
     

Tour Fever: The Armchair Cyclist's Guide to the Tour de France

by J. P. Partland
 

Now every reader can understand the je ne sais quoi that has made the Tour de France a cultural phenomenon.

Even couch potatoes can become experts on the Tour de France with this comprehensive, user-friendly guide that includes the history, strategy, stages, scoring, and stars of this annual sporting event. Readers can get in the saddle and learn:

- The

Overview

Now every reader can understand the je ne sais quoi that has made the Tour de France a cultural phenomenon.

Even couch potatoes can become experts on the Tour de France with this comprehensive, user-friendly guide that includes the history, strategy, stages, scoring, and stars of this annual sporting event. Readers can get in the saddle and learn:

- The varied stages from snaky time trials to killer mountain stages
- Team strategies-and the role each team member plays
- How the Tour is scored
- What the Yellow, Green, White, and Polka-Dot jerseys represent
- The meaning of peloton, tifosi, "mountain goats,"
- hot spots," and flamme rouge
- The characteristics of a racer, whether a patron or domestique-and the real reasons racers shave their legs
- How riders eat, drink, change clothes, and heed the call of nature without getting off their bikes
- How to follow the Tour online, on TV, in the papers, and in person

Editorial Reviews

GQ.com
A superb companion to the world's greatest race, Tour Fever breaks down the race's history, terminology, and traditions in a smart yet easy-to-use guide that offers something to both the brand-new enthusiast and the experienced racer. If you're planning to tune into the tour's final days--and c'mon, dude, you should!--it's the perfect companion on the couch. I'm sharing mine with the guys in the office-not so they'll stop mocking me, but to show them that sports in July is more exciting than Astros at Padres.
Pedal Pushers Online
Partland has once again taken his narrative style and wrapped it around a comprehensive detailing of all that make the Tour so attractive for those who understand it.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Partland (Mountain Bike Madness) presents a comprehensive insider's look at probably the most prestigious cycling event in the world. The book is aimed at enthusiasts who watch the Tour de France from the comfort of their home. Ten chapters cover the history of the race, the cycling strategies, the many varied stages of the competition from the time trials to the mountain climbs, the scoring system, and the colorful array of the cyclists themselves, including details of how they function during the tour and discussion of technological equipment innovations over the years. In addition to a glossary explaining many tour idioms and cycling terms, there are three appendixes listing Americans who have participated, tour winners, and suggested reading and web sites. The book provides a handy, detailed introduction to the tour that will make its readers into engaged fans. All that's missing are photographs and maps, but the text is very useful on its own. Certainly a recommended purchase for all public libraries.-Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., B.C. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399532559
Publisher:
Perigee Books
Publication date:
05/02/2006
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.48(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

J.P. Partland has had Tour Fever since he was in the seventh grade. A journalist since 1991, he is the author of both Mountain Bike Madness and The World of BMX, and a regular contributor to Asphalt magazine. An avid racer, Partland medaled in the team pursuit at the US National Cycling Championships in 2002. He has also ridden The Irish Milk Ras, the de facto national tour of Ireland.

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