The Hardmen: Legends and Lessons from the Cycling Gods

The Hardmen: Legends and Lessons from the Cycling Gods

by The Velominati
The Hardmen: Legends and Lessons from the Cycling Gods

The Hardmen: Legends and Lessons from the Cycling Gods

by The Velominati


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Embrace and revel in the stories of the toughest cyclists of all time, told by The Velominati, originators of The Rules. Read and get ready to ride . . .

In cycling, suffering brings glory: a rider's value can be judged by their results, but also by their panache and heroism. Prepared to be awed and inspired by Chris Froome riding on at the Tour de France with a broken wrist or Geraint Thomas finishing it with a broken pelvis.

In The Hardmen the writers behind cycling superblog and The Rules will tell the stories and illuminate the myths of not just the greatest cyclists ever, but the toughest. From Eddy Merckx to Beryl Burton, and from Marianne Vos to Edwig Van Hooydonk, the book will lay bare the secrets of their extraordinary and inspirational endurance in the face of pain, danger and disaster. After all, suffering is one of the joys of being a cyclist. Embrace climbs, relish the descents, and get ready to harden up. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681775708
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

The Velominati are the founders of a singular online community - - which celebrates the history of road cycling with a distinctive point of view, best described as (ir)reverence. Their infamous The Rules challenge cycling fans to emulate their heroes in everything from training ("it never gets easier, you just go faster") and equipment ("the correct number of bikes to own is n+1") to sock length and coffee choice. Frank Strack, the Editor-in-Chief, appears at bike shows worldwide and writes a column for Cycling magazine.

Table of Contents

Foreword David Millar vii

Prologue ix

A Note on Style xvi

Part I Les Rouleurs

1 The Improbable Hour Eddy Merckx, Part I 6

2 Birth of a Hardwoman Nicole Cooke 11

3 Always Full Gas Sean Yates 15

4 2012 Olympic Road Race Marianne Vos 21

5 Belgium, April 1971 Eddy Merckx, Part II 25

6 Mind Over Matter Rebecca Twigg 28

7 Go Long Or Go Home Jacky Durand 32

8 Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better Annie Londonderry 36

9 The Badger versus The Dog: Paris-Roubaix 1981 Bernard Hinault 41

10 Overcoming Megan Fisher 47

11 Passista Francesco Moser 51

12 Stage 15, Tour de France 2001 Rik Verbrugghe 55

13 British Twelve-Hour Time Trial 1967 Beryl 'BB' Burton 58

Part II Les Crimpeurs

14 The Spotted Flandrian Lucien Van Impe 67

15 La Plagne, July 1987 Stephen Roche 73

16 Les Deux Alpes Marco Pantani 78

17 The Gavia, 1988 Andy Hampsten 82

18 Rule #9 Grimpeur Nairo Quintana 86

19 Cracked Actor Richard Virenque 91

20 The Accidental COTHO Tyler Hamilton 96

Part III De Klassiekers 101

21 Mr Paris-Roubaix Roger De Vlaeminck 107

22 A Lady for the Sport Lizzie Deignan 110

23 Never Say Die Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle 113

24 The Dutch Make Hardmen Too Jan Raas 117

25 'Eddy Bosberg' Edwig Van Hooydonck 121

26 Guns Sean Kelly, Part I 125

27 Destroying Cobbles, Selling Glue, Forging Rules Mapei 129

28 Paris-Roubaix 1994 Andrei Tchmil 133

29 April 2001 Peter Van Petegem 138

Part IV Les Domestiques 141

30 'Panzerwagen' Tony Martin 146

31 Paris-Roubaix 2016: Journey(Man) to Hell Mathew Hayman 150

32 Conan's Great Battle Jens Voigt 153

33 Batman Adam Hansen 157

34 Mont Ventoux, Tour de France 1994 Eros Poli 162

Part V I Velocisti

35 Champagne in the Bidon Freddy Maertens 172

36 The Champ on the Champs Djamolidine Abdoujaparov 176

37 More Than Just a Pair of Legs Sean Kelly, Part II 179

38 July 2007 Robbie McEwen 185

Finale 189

Glossary 193

The Rules 207

Further Reading 229

Acknowledgements 231

Picture Credits 233

Hardman Biographies 234

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