We learned a long time ago that reading is fundamental — and in this case the emphasis is truly on fun. Here are a half dozen cycling book gift ideas for the cyclist in your life.
75 Classic Rides Colorado: The Best Road Biking Routes
Our first two picks were penned by Mtbr/RoadBikeReview features editor Jason Sumner. First up is this all-encompassing guide to road riding in Colorado. From high mountain epics such as Pikes Peak and Mt. Evans, to jaw droppers like Colorado National Monument, to a thorough look at the riding around the cycling Mecca that is Boulder, this book has something for all levels of rider. It’s also part of series, which includes Oregon, Washington, and California. Price: $25 | More info at www.amazon.com
Bicycling Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills
Here’s another great read from Sumner, this time targeted at the rider just getting into the sport. This completely revised edition of the popular handbook for road cyclists is a comprehensive guide to skills and safety. Updates include beta on nutrition, training, technique, safety, and performance. You’ll learn how to ensure your bike is in tip-top shape, prevent injury and knee pain, boost efficiency, brake without wasting speed or wiping out, and discover the benefits of riding in a paceline and mastering the skills of riding in traffic. Price: $18 | More info at www.amazon.com
Feed Zone Table
The best part of riding? Eating after you’re done. That’s why Feed Zone Table by Chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim is such a great gift. The pair’s third cookbook champions dinner, the most social meal of the day. In it Thomas and Lim serve up 100 new recipes meant to inspire family-style dinners with a delicious line up of drinks, starters, main courses, side dishes, fresh sauces, and desserts. Our one word review: Yum! Price: $25 | More info at www.velopress.com
Spitting in the Soup Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports
In Spitting in the Soup, sports journalist Mark Johnson explores how the deals made behind closed doors keep drugs in sports. Johnson unwinds the doping culture from the early days, when pills meant progress, and uncovers the complex relationships that underlie elite sports culture — the essence of which is not to play fair but to push the boundaries of human performance. Price: $25 | More info at www.velopress.com
Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking
Mountain bike historians will recall that Fat Tire Flyer was the original MTB magazine, chronicling the sport’s birth and early days. In this companion book, Charlie Kelly takes us back in time with an irreverent and fresh look at the daring band of crazies who helped bring our great sport to life. Price: $30 | More info at www.velopress.com
Mountain Bike Crested Butte, Gunnison and Salida Singletrack
We’re admittedly biased, since Crested Butte is home to Mtbr’s Colorado test HQ. But if you haven’t ridden here yet, you’re truly missing out on one of the planet’s best fat tire experiences. When you do come make sure to pick up a copy of Holly Annala’s comprehensive guidebook, which has detailed beta on everything from the well traveled Trail 401 to the rough and rowdy backcountry epic that is the Waterfall Trail. Price: $16 | More info at www.amazon.com
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