Monday, November 22, 2010

From the Library: Roadie...

the Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer. If you have been around the sport of bike racing for a while, or know someone who has, you may not find much of revelatory worth here - this is mostly stuff you already know and understand. However if you are new to the sport, or know someone who is, or are an interested outsider just trying to figure what the obsession is all about, this book may provide the answers to some of your questions. Long a fan of the book's illustrator, and his Frazz comic strip, I had wanted to give this book a peek for a while and finally did. I did come away from the read a bit unsatisfied, but understood that this was due to the nature of the book; I am not in its intended demographic. However, for those already in the know, it does provide opportunities to rehash similarities in our own cycling "careers", nod our heads in  affirmation, and mutter "mmm hmmm, how very true" when one incident or another cuts close to home. For example, anyone who has done group training rides knows that they sprint at any and all city limit signs, and we have all been on that ride for the first time, where as the author puts it "the locations of these signs are never disclosed to the new guy. Let him figure it out on his own."

Smith, Jamie   Roadie: the Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer   Boulder, CO: Velo Press, 2008

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