“Johnson was there, as he puts it, “like a jellyfish” to record a chapter in the life of one of the quirkiest teams in cycling.” — Bicycling magazine
“A happy medium between writing and photography…An insightful journey.” — BikeRumor.com
“From pre-season presentations through the Classics, Grand Tours and beyond, Johnson goes behind the scenes, beautifully documenting the ups, downs and sideways moments of Slipstream Sports’ 2011 season.” — Paved magazine
“Mark Johnson has done a great job portraying an unrestricted view of the inner workings of the annual traveling circus that is pro cycling. Inspirational photography paired with an uncanny recollection of anecdotes makes Argyle Armada a must read.” — Peter Stetina, professional cyclist for Team Garmin-Barracuda
“Argyle Armada brings back a lot of emotion of a long season. It’s amazing to see what a full year looks like in photos… Argyle Armada is a great keepsake from a great year.” — Christian Vande Velde, professional cyclist for Team Garmin-Barracuda
“With vivid photos of the racers and support crew, Johnson weaves a narrative of physical pressures and business stresses…Johnson takes full advantage of his special access.” — American Society of Media Photographers
"Johnson is a fine writer.... secondly, he is a truly excellent photographer in both technical and observational senses. The illustrative part of this volume is finely judged and highly entertaining." —TheWashingMachinePost.net
“Johnson rides inside the left ventricle of the team for a full year and the reader is rewarded with a raw and visceral look at how professional cycling is adapting to post-millennium strategies. [Argyle Armada is] a smart book written and photographed by a smart guy.” — Scott Tinley, teacher, author, and former professional triathlete
“Argyle Armada [is] an important book for all who are curious about what is going on behind the scenes in cycling. It’s a look at the sport itself, through moments in one team’s season.” — Cyclismas
“Mark Johnson is unique. It’s not often that someone is not only a great writer, but is also a great photographer.” — Competitor Radio
From the Back Cover
Victory at Paris-Roubaix. Four stage wins, seven days in the yellow jersey, and the team prize at the Tour de France. Stage wins at the Tour of California and the Vuelta a España. Fighting for first place with a budget half that of their main ProTour competitors, the 2011 Garmin-Cervélo team became one of the most admired teams in pro cycling.
Founded in 2003 as a low-key development squad for young American cyclists, by 2011 Garmin-Cervélo had evolved into a fully international enterprise that shook the foundation of the pro cycling establishment. Though the team lacked a lavish budget and the big-name stars of its ProTour competitors, it convincingly won some of the world's greatest races.
Writer-photographer Mark Johnson spent a year embedded with the Garmin-Cervélo professional cycling team, recording its most intimate personal dramas and its public celebrations. From winter training camp on the cobbled lanes of medieval Girona, Spain, to hard-earned stage victories in July's Tour de France, to flesh-shredding crashes at the Tour of Spain in September,Argyle Armadadelivers an unprecedented look at America's most celebrated cycling team.
Argyle Armadais a portrait of life as a member of a pro cycling team during a time of painful transition for the sport. Inside the team buses and stage-race hotels, cycling struggles to shake off the hidebound traditions of the past and expand to a global sports franchise. The charge is led by Garmin-Cervélo team founder Jonathan Vaughters and his unconventional band of bike racing revolutionaries.
More than a book about racing,Argyle Armadaunveils the dramatic forces that Garmin-Cervélo navigates as team founder Jonathan Vaughters tries to push forward his vision of a reformed sport. Along the way, countless difficult decisions must be made to keep the team competitive in the chase for ProTour points, money, respect, and fame.
With all-access insight and spectacular color images,Argyle Armadaoffers an unprecedented look inside one team as it battles for the future of professional cycling.
Foreword by Jonathan Vaughters