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  • Series: Bicycling Magazine
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594861846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594861840
  • ASIN: B001G8WKW6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARLA STREB is a U.S. National ChampionshipÂ- and World CupÂ-winning cyclist and author of the book Downhill: The Life Story of a Gravity Goddess. She currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.


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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jon Cragle on August 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I must confess that I rode a single speed bike with a banana seat growing up. I rode throughout the seasons in the hot, muggy, windy and cold Iowa weather. I rode to school, friends, baseball, etc. I lived on my bike, but then somehow when I "grew up" and went off to college, joined the Navy, got married and had children I lost that old friend of biking. Here I am a 41-year old, single father to five great kids, having suffered through pain and divorce. Then during Spring Break my older brother reintroduced me to my long-lost friend, the bike. I didn't want to just be a sometimes rider, no I wanted a goal to reach toward. What better way than to ride the much coveted "Century", a 100-mile ride that's biking's version of the runners marathon. I picked the date for my attempt, September 17, 2006 in the town of Bellingham, WA. Now, how to train for this? A quick search on Amazon and like destiny I found Marla Streb's book and it included everything I thought I'd need.

I devoured the book, reading how she, the world famous mountain biking champion wanted to introduce her older brother Dave to the joys of biking. Dave, was like a kindred spirit of mine, since he had the same pressures of family, children, work and how could he find time to ride 100 miles, let alone train for it?

The book is written for the novice in mind, but expert riders can glean alot from Marla's experience and expertise. Written in a story mode, the reader is taken from the early "idea" germinating between Marla and Dave, so much so that the reader will feel like they're being mentored in the same way.

Marla includes a suggested 100-day training plan that can be adjusted accordingly, although it will fit most people.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aileen Sandridge on May 22, 2007
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Most of this book is taken up with little personal stories and anecdotes and narration that I simply found boring and useless. Only two pages were really useful: those that contained the suggested beginner training program. But that is easy enough to find online, so overall, I consider this purchase to be a waste of money.

If you want to learn more about Marla and her brother, this book is for you. If you want to learn more about training for a long bike ride, you will be disappointed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Renteria on August 28, 2007
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this book is just filled with personal stuff. its more like a diary. it has very little useful info. i cant believe bicycling magazine allowed this to get published. dont waste your time with this book and get something else with actual cycling info
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dave on October 6, 2009
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I used this book to train for my first century last fall. Both the book, and the century itself, were outstanding. The stories she tells turns this training plan into something much more, a real book. If you just want a dry spreadsheet full of numbers and graphs to help you train, look elsewhere. If you want that information, plus tons of helpful advice and stories from someone who has the same problems as you do (Marla's brother), then get this book. I'll be using the training plan again this summer, and will no doubt re-read the book just because I like the narrative. Enjoy it and good luck on your own century!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MTB-er on February 25, 2011
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Some of the information in this book is valuable. The training regimes, diet and so forth have helped me, as a novice distance rider, gain a better understanding of what's required to get my performance to where I want it. However, the author is self-centered, narcissistic, and arrogant. Her brother and her boyfriend are made out to be incompetent simpletons practically not worthy of being in her presence. Her boyfriend is apparently good for nothing more than making her meals and sailing the boat up and down the coast, paralleling her rides. I read the first three chapters and was so embarrassed for Mark and Dave that I stopped reading except for the exerpts regarding diet and training regime. Unfortunately, I purchased three of her books at once and I'm almost scared to begin reading either of the other two.
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