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Readers, Riders, From Copenhagen to Colorado, the sport and discipline of cycling has witnessed unprecedented growth over the last two decades, be it as a competitive or participation event or as the surefire, swiftest means of getting from A to B. Inspired by London’s legendary 2012 Olympic venue, and dedicated to the rich history, culture and practice of cycling in its many forms, Velodrome Publishing has been established to create, develop and curate the highest quality books and related products for the passionate, discerning community of cycling enthusiasts worldwide. I’m delighted to announce Velodrome’s Grand Départ with this 2016 launch list of publications. It brings together the work of legendary writers, riders, photographers and illustrators, including Geoffrey Nicholson, Richard Mitchelson, Camille J. McMillan, William Fotheringham, Peta McSharry, Hannah Grant, Oliver Knight and Neil Stevens. We also have forewords and endorsements from various cycling legends, including David Millar and Bjarne Riis. The Velodrome team looks forward to bringing these exciting new books to you in the coming months. We hope they will inspire, entertain and inform your riding and further your enthusiasm for this great sport. It’s all about the ride.
John Lee Publisher, Velodrome Publishing
ROAD CYCLING MADE EASY THE ULTIMATE GUIDE: FROM CHOOSING A COMMUTER RIDE TO TRAINING AND RACING TECHNIQUES Peta McSharry
Road Cycling Made Easy is a full-colour, highly illustrated companion for road riders of all levels. Peta McSharry’s guide offers impartial but informed advice, some from current and former pros, to all “drop-bar” enthusiasts from rookie commuters to the gritty two-wheeled mountain heroes. Split into four main sections, the book offers invaluable practical guidelines on riding positions, cornering and climbing, commuter safety, training techniques and programmes, the protocols of echelon riding as well as bad weather precautions and appropriate rider equipment, clothing and accessories. A second section is dedicated to the most popular race formats and includes information on sprinting, climbing and descending, gearing and tactics, whilst later sections focus on nutrition, body maintenance, weight-training as well as fitness and massage techniques. The final section offers a detailed overview of all racing bicycle types and the maintenance jobs required to ensure the smoothest ride.
Road Cycling Made Easy The Ultimate Guide: From choosing a commuter ride to training and racing techniques Peta McSharry
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Cycling has been a part of Peta McSharry’s life since a very early age and she competed in her first sportive at the age of nineteen. She has since developed into one of the leading members of the UK cycling community. She placed second in the infamous ParisRoubaix race and in 2011 completed the 3,500km of one of the toughest courses of the Giro d’Italia. A day job in sports and remedial massage allows McSharry to work with cyclists and athletes of all levels, with her role as a teacher at the leading LSSM school ensuring she is at the sharp end of current massage and fitness research.
£19.99 PAPERBACK WITH FLAPS 192 PAGES 16 JUNE 2016 ISBN 9781911162001 SPORTS & SCIENCES/SPORT/CYCLING 234 X 189 MM (9.25 X 7.5 INCHES) 100 COLOUR AND B&W PHOTOGRAPHS
£12.99 PAPERBACK WITH FLAPS 144 PAGES 21 APRIL 2016 ISBN 9781911162018 ART/DRAWING/SPORT/CYCLING 270 X 216 MM (10.5 X 8.6 INCHES) 120 COLOUR AND B&W ILLUSTRATIONS
A TWO-WHEELED CHAIN-DRIVEN INTERACTIVE ARTISTIC ADVENTURE RICHARD MITCHELSON
Pens replace pneux and pencils are your peloton as the doyen of British cycle illustrators, Richard Mitchelson, leads you on a magnificent ride through an entire season of grand-tour racing. Fun, dynamic, interactive, and entertaining, Richard Mitchelson’s Grand Tour is infused with a “broom-wagon” full of cycling style, culture, history and humour. Prepare for the Giro d’Italia by personalising your race-jersey and cap, or choose to create one of those sported by “maglia rosa” legends down the years. Select your ride, study the route of the Gran Corsa or just design your own road to Milan. Get creative on the Passo dello Stelvio and “copy Coppi” with an “Il Campionissimo” Dot to Dotti. Move on to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, design your very own “Grand Boucle” and fill in your race number on the board. The finishing line is wherever you want it to be.
Richard Mitchelson is originally from Yorkshire, Britain’s cycling heartland, but is now based in the South Downs near Brighton. He worked as Lead Animator at London’s Mind Candy studio managing a fantastic team and animating fun, engaging characters for the hit kids brand Moshi Monsters. He now creates animation, illustration, and design for clients such as: Oakley, Mark Cavendish, Howies, Team Sky Pro Cycling, British Cycling and 2015 Tour De France Champion Chris Froome. He is much celebrated for his work for Rouleur Magazine, having documented famous races and cyclists in his simple, bold, clean style.
Whether shooting from within the peloton, or partying with the fans on Mont Ventoux, the pictures in this beautifully produced volume reveal some of the many stories cycling photographer Camille Mcmillan has witnessed. Sometimes intimate, other times aggressive, always beautiful, his images are unique. This stunning photographic volume, with many never-before-seen reportage images, spans some two decades of life at the forefront of world cycling. Documenting a year in the life of the professional cyclist, we are taken from trackside at Ghent’s famed Six-Day races, across the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and on to the tifosi of the Grand Tour climbs. Circus takes us from behind-the-scenes in riders’ hotel rooms, onto the seat of a speeding “moto” and into the celebratory anticipation of a roadside bar as locals await the blurred chaos of the peloton. Camille, formerly editor-at-large of Rouleur Magazine, captures the pain, heroism and humanity of this most challenging of sports. 6 days of Ghent; Brits in the pit
Arriving at the velodrome in Ghent for the
opening night of the Six-Days cycle races in November is like stepping into the fuggy
embrace of a fairground on a cold winter evening. The atmosphere inside the
cavernous ‘t Kuipke building is thick with the smell of fried onions, hotdogs, burgers and beer.
The sober-minded cycling fans take their
seats at the 5,000-capacity arena, peering
down on the steep-banked oval wooden track to get the full sweep of the races. But in the
middle of the track there is a party going on. And it is open to anyone.
While the pro cyclists fly around the banks
of the velodrome like stunt riders on the wall of death, the centre of the circuit is heaving with bodies drinking and chatting and
shuffling around in small circles, in a vain
attempt to take in the action. These are men
and women in suits, youngsters in fancy dress, groups of guys in vintage cycling kit … it is like a scene from a huge office party. The opening night of the Ghent Six-Days races is a big
event on the social calendar of this city in the East Flanders region of Belgium: it is the
opening salvo of their festive celebrations. And the party will go on for another five nights.
The racing is fast-flowing and near
constant over the evening – 26 riders in teams
of two, pedalling in a series of races for almost six hours straight, from 8pm to 2am, each
covering close to 100km a night – flat out – for six nights. It is the cycling equivalent of
the Depression-era dance marathons made
famous in the film They Shoot Horses, Don’t
They? Except that the origins of track cycling
date back to England in the late 19th-century, “responding to a popular taste in mid-
Victorian England for unusual, sometimes callous, displays of physical strength and stamina”, according to the late Observer sports journalist Geoffrey Nicholson.
Six-day races became popular in mainland
Europe in the early 20th century and have been a staple of the racing calendar in Ghent since 1922, with past winners including the Belgian legend Eddy Merckx Mark Cavendish improved on the third
night of the Ghent Six-Day after a rocky opening couple of days. Having just returned from a two-week holiday in the Far East, Cavendish was found wanting on the first night as he and Bradley Wiggins lost seven laps in the first Madison race. But after another difficult Madison early on Thursday evening he discovered his track legs as the night wore on, winning an elimination race and making a major impression on the second 40-minute Madison.
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ISBN 9781911162032 SPORT/CYCLING/PHOTOGRAPHY 295 X 220 MM (11.5 X 8.6 INCHES) 180 COLOUR AND B&W PHOTOGRAPHS SLIPCASED, CLOTH-BOUND LIMITED EDITION ALSO AVAILABLE. £100 ISBN 9781911162070
“If Alpe d’Huez was a rigorous climb, with its mathematical progression of tight corners and steep inclines, the Izoard is far more awesome, a rocky wilderness at 7,743 feet, which needs only a few
£12.99 HARDBACK 240 PAGES 24 MARCH 2016 ISBN 9781911162025 SPORTS WRITING/TOUR DE FRANCE 198 X 128 MM (7.75 X 9 INCHES) 20 B&W PHOTOGRAPHS
Photo: Lucien Van Imp (Yellow jersey) and Joop Zoetemelk race on the Tulle to Puy de Dôme stage. July 16 1976. (Photo: Offside - L’Equipe)
bleached skulls at the roadside to complete its sense of desolation.”
Geoffrey Nicholson’s The Great Bike Race is universally revered by modern cycling critics as the benchmark English-language volume of the sport and has risen to mythical status. The first book in English to tell the entire story of a full tour, it truly captivates from start to finish. Nicholson’s classic, vivid descriptions of the racing, personalities, tactics and intrigues of the 1976 race are rotated with insights which lift the lid on the broader culture and lengthy traditions of cycling’s most famous race and the greatest annual sports event in the world. On the 40th anniversary of its first publication, Velodrome Publishing is most honoured to republish and celebrate this seminal tome as the launch volume in the “Vintage Velodrome” series of titles. The Great Bike Race includes an incisive introduction by The Guardian cycling correspondent and best-selling author William Fotheringham.
Photo: Lucien Van Imp (Yellow jersey) and Joop Zoetemelk race on the Tulle to Puy de Dôme stage. July 16 1976. (Photo: Offside - L’Equipe)
“THE GREAT BIKE RACE REMAINS, IN MY EYES, THE FINEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT THE TOUR DE FRANCE” – William Fotheringham “IF THERE WERE A MAILLOT JAUNE FOR SPORTSWRITERS, MR NICHOLSON SHOULD BE WEARING IT” – The Economist “THE QUALITY OF HIS WRITING TRANSFORMED THE CHARACTER OF SPORTS JOURNALISM” – The Guardian Geoffrey Nicholson was one of the most original, prolific and best-liked sports writers of the past 50 years. He helped transform the character of sports journalism in the late 1950s by eschewing tabloid clichés and public relations hype and introducing a quality of writing which matched that of the arts and foreign pages. He was to become sports editor of the Observer and the Sunday Correspondent, sports features editor of the Sunday Times and rugby correspondent of the Independent. Nicholson’s main interest was cycling, and he covered the Tour de France for 20 years.
GREAT BIKE RACE THE CLASSIC, ACCLAIMED BOOK THAT INTRODUCED THE WORLD TO THE TOUR DE FRANCE GEOFFREY NICHOLSON | INTRODUCTION BY WILLIAM FOTHERINGHAM
Illustration: Neil Stevens/Crayonfire
£14.99 HARDBACK 192 PAGES 26 SEPTEMBER 2016 ISBN 9781911162049 SPORT/CYCLING/LANGUAGE 198 X 128 MM (8 X 5 INCHES) 12 COLOUR ARTWORKS
BE:SPOKE THE RIDERS’ GUIDE TO CYCLE-SPEAK AND SADDLE SLANG TOM BROMLEY
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Some sports lend themselves to language: cycling is one of them. With its rich history and culture, its professional roots across the continent and beyond, cycling has developed a terminology that goes well beyond borders, producing a lexicon all of its own. This book guides the reader through a land where BE:SPOKE the road to THE hellRIDERS’ is paved not with good intentions but GUIDE TO CYCLE-SPEAK AND SADDLE SLANG with cobbles. This is a place where all the world is a Tom Bromley stage, unless you are a one-day specialist. Where its inhabitants come with a litany of arresting nicknames: £14.99 • Clothbound • 26 September 2016 • 20 colour and b&w photographs and artworks Badgers, Eagles or Pirates, each with their 192Cannibals, pages • 198 x 128mm (8 x 5 inches) own wonderful story.
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the grupetto at the back, from the caravane following the race to the tifosi cheering on the mountainside. Insightful and irreverent, Be:Spoke is the book for anyone who wants to be able to speak cycling.
Tom Bromley is a published author, editor and ghost (not the scary kind). He has written ten books under his own name, ghostwritten a further nine, and edited just under a hundred published titles. Bromley’s own books are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, with a dabble in crime (the literary variety) under the pseudonym Thomas Black. He also teaches creative writing for, amongst others, the Faber Academy and works as an editorial consultant and mentor for a number of publishers, literary agencies and organisations. He lives with his family in Salisbury.
£40.00 HARDBACK 348 PAGES AVAILABLE NOW ISBN 9788799816903 COOKERY/NUTRITION/SPORT/CYCLING 270 X 210 MM (10.5 X 8.4 INCHES) 180 COLOUR AND B&W PHOTOGRAPHS
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The Grand Tour Cookbook
HANNAH GRANT | FOREWORD BY BJARNE RIIS The long-awaited ultimate performance cookbook by Hannah Grant is a modern classic. A must-have for all cycling aficionados serious about nutritional intake, and translated from the original Danish, The Grand Tour Cookbook is now available with updated recipes. With 350 pages of easy-to-prepare recipes containing allergy-friendly, natural, un-processed foods, this is the ultimate companion in the kitchen for all athletes. Based on actual food prepared for professional cycling’s gruelling 3-week Grand Tours including the Giro, Tour de France and the Vuelta, this book is a guide on how to cook, what to eat and how to maximise athletic performance throughout the year. Grant has a background in modern sports nutrition and The Grand Tour Cookbook focuses on the challenges presented by the nutritional requirements of an endurance athlete.
Hannah Grant is an accomplished chef from Copenhagen, with experience ranging from modern Danish-French restaurants to the world’s no. 1 restaurant Noma and the Kite Boarding expedition boat, Offshore Odysseys. Currently she is with the World Tour cycling team Tinkoff-Saxo for a fifth season and is working in parallel with Danish morning TV as well as developing recipes for a number of sports publications.
£25.00 HARDBACK 192 PAGES 14 OCTOBER 2016 ISBN 9781911162056 FASHION/SPORT/CYCLING 290 X 220 MM (11.5 X 8.5 INCHES) 120 COLOUR AND B&W PHOTOGRAPHS
Aside from the bikes themselves, the jersey – maillot or maglia – has become the most iconic symbol of cycling’s history, its proud teams and preeminent riders and most recently its fashion. There is a booming collectors market for vintage jerseys. Sir Paul Smith features jerseys in his collections and designs them for the Grand Tours. The finest quality traditional and retro manufacturers including De Marchi, Castelli and Rapha are registering huge increases in sales. In this beautifully photographed, handsome new volume, Oliver Knight traces the development of the jersey from the days long before Lycra as function fused with sponsors’ requirements to peddle their brands. He goes behind-the-scenes at the manufacturers and tells stories of the garments’ design, manufacture and slow evolution. He celebrates the iconic tour jerseys and the magical rainbow stripes of the world champions. He interviews former and current pros and uncovers the inspirations and obsessions of some of the world’s greatest cycling collectors, riders, historians and key figures from the worlds of design and fashion.
A CELEBRATION OF STYLE AND COURAGE AT SPEED OLIVER KNIGHT
Oliver Knight has been a professional art and travel photographer for almost twenty years producing both commercial work and staging a number of international exhibitions. Knight runs the reportage website denizenreport.com and in 2013 he launched the threebackpockets.com community to celebrate the art of vintage cycling jerseys. His commercial clients include TimeOut, Gordon Ramsay Holdings, RIBA and the Imperial War Museum. Knight is a keen cyclist and lives in Paris.
THE RACING LINE THE VELODROME BOOK OF CYCLING QUOTATIONS COMPILED BY THE VELODROME EDITORS
“LIFE IS LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE. IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR BALANCE, YOU MUST KEEP MOVING.” Albert Einstein
“THINK OF BICYCLES AS RIDABLE ART THAT CAN JUST ABOUT SAVE THE WORLD.” Grant Petersen, bicycle designer
“WHEN MY LEGS HURT, I SAY: ‘SHUT UP LEGS! DO WHAT I TELL YOU TO DO!’” Jens Voigt
£9.99 HARDBACK 160 PAGES 22 SEPTEMBER 2016 ISBN 9781911162063 SPORT/CYCLING/QUOTATION 185 X 130 MM (7.25 X 5.1 INCHES) 20 COLOUR ARTWORKS
t he r aci ng l i ne t he v el odr ome book of c y c l i ng q uo t a t i ons As at home in a jersey pocket or on a workshop bench, The Racing Line is a beautifully designed and produced compilation of some 200 quotes, sayings, one-liners, retorts and reflections made by cyclists across the decades. The bicycle and its ride have moved all, from presidents and philosophers to “Il Campionissimo” and Cavendish. Be inspired by their obsessions, their studied observations, their infectious optimism and, of course, utter despair.
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COVER IMAGE: Iljo Keisse of Belgium and Omega Pharma-QuickStep in action during a derny race during day six of the Ghent Six Day race at 'T Kuipke on November 23, 2014 in Ghent, Belgium. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RIDE
The 2016 Spring Catalogue for Velodrome Publishing, showcasing the upcoming books from the brand new cycling publisher.