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The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races: Get on Your Butt and into Gear Paperback – April 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; Original edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052689
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her two previous books, The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women and The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races, were published by Seal Press, have topped Amazon.com best-seller lists, and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources. Her uniquely sarcastic yet inspiring tone has entertained and guided an enthusiastic core of readers towards their various ridiculous athletic goals.

​Dawn's most recent book The Sh!t No One Tells You will be out in June 2013 and is a funny and informational book about the joys of parenthood.​

Dawn lives in Sacramento, CA, with her family.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pat W on June 8, 2009
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Made me laugh out loud! This is a book that you can read for the dry wit that Dawn dishes out in abundance, or, you can actually read it as a beginners guide to cycling. The title is a bit misleading as I believe any beginner interested in bicycling would pick up a bunch of useful information, like butt butter, who'd a thought? From how to choose the right bike to how to fix a flat, it's all there, and more. Admittedly, Lance Armstrong may know a tiny bit more about bicycling than Dawn, but he just lacks that sense of humor that is oh so important when you find yourself wearing spandex and approaching the hill from hell.

My favorite parts of the book were Dawn's personal journal as she prepared and actually did ride a Century. Not wanting to give away the unusual approach to the big ride, I can only say, it was a hilarious finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kikikins on July 7, 2011
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I am a HUGE fan of Dias' book about marathoning, so when I decided to get into cycling, this was the first book I picked up. It's funny and informative, but is much more focused on the beginner cyclist than it is on riding an actual century. It was a great info to the basics of cycling, and was presented in a very amusing format that I appreciated (because let's just admit it - most books about cycling are BORING).

However, my favorite part about this book is the chapter on traveling on bike. I'd never though about it - but this book totally inspired me to try it out. I've traveled to some cool places in the US already and found some places I would otherwise never have seen (think Napa, in the fresh open air, with the wind blowing on your face and a bottle of wine and picnic in your pannier - so amazing!). I also went on a short trip in France in the spring, and am now totally hooked - I'm going back next month for another rouund. It is absolutely the best way to see Europe. After reading this book I made arrangements with the same tour company as Dias - Blue Marble. It's much less pretentious than the other companies, half the price, but with all the fun and amazingness (plus, you'll meet a lot more locals than you will with one of the hand-holding tour companies). If you read this book for nothing else - read it for the chapter on traveling with your bike!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Scotten on June 2, 2009
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I love this book! I received it as a gift when I mentioned to a family member about needing to get more active - I think they were hoping it would motivate me, which it did, but not in the way they intended (I haven't yet even thought or attempted to think about a Century).
There was a lot of basic information in there which has helped me to hang up my car keys and pick up my helmet. Even though the title says this is a book about training for a Century ride, it also has a ton of information about any other kind of cycling you could want, whether it be riding around Europe, commuting to work, or a local pub crawl (my favorite). You should check out the book even if you aren't up for a 100-mile ride.

It was also so comforting to read about the authors struggles, which made me feel better about my own - misery loves company :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. London on June 1, 2009
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Dawn Dais is an excellent author who offers lots of information on preparing for your first century. She covers all of the basics, including bikes and gear, training, routine maintenance, and the actual race itself. While covering all of this information can quickly become dry and boring, this is not the case with this book. Dawn Dais has a very accessible writing style that is peppered with a dry, self-deprecating sense of humor. As such, she quickly wins you over with her personality before "getting you on your butt and into gear."

If you've been thinking about buying a new bike to train on the road or are thinking about dusting off that old road racer in your garage, "The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century" is a great start and a very entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth C. Romer on May 31, 2009
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This book is for anyone that is intimidated by bicycle riding. Yes, you rode it as a kid, but there are all those serious bicyclists who are dressed in spandex and zoom down the bicycle path. The author makes you believe that if she can do a century, then so can you.

This book tells you all you need to know to get on that bike and start riding. It may be a sport, but it is also some real cheap transportation and you get to see tons more stuff on a bike than you will ever see in a car.

The book is not just about training for a century, although you could use all the advice in the book to do one. You learn how to choose a bike, the various ways to train (outdoor and indoor), and then how to get through the actual event. You could train for a century (100 miles) or you can just train for a ride to work.

The descriptions of Dawn's rides are very entertaining. She makes you believe that riding in a century is not only rewarding and good exercise - its fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Holmes on May 31, 2009
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This is the second book that I have read by the author Dawn Dais. Her writing style is hysterical, and so honest. She says the things that we think about when starting anything new, but are afraid to say anything. I have always wanted to start cycling and I had no idea how many different rides and clubs and vacations revolve around cycling. I think it's a great way to see different places. I really like how serious one point in the book can be and she can turn it around sarcastically just to make you laugh. I apperciate her incorporating the humor into such a great sport! Thank you for motivating me.
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