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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press (April 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931382301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931382304
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pelkey is an editor at Velo News.

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Diagrams are simple, concepts are well explained and the book is very easy to read in general.
R. Fleck
This book is perfect for beginner cyclist, amateur competitors, intermediate competitors and anyone that wants to truly enjoy watching cycling.
J. A. Wessels
I want to win just as much as you, so stay away from this book and all its excellent information.
Laurent Fignon

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Wessels on August 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for beginner cyclist, amateur competitors, intermediate competitors and anyone that wants to truly enjoy watching cycling. I've raced amateur and watched hundreds of hours of cycling, once I read this book I realized I was missing allot! No doubt this book will quickly become a 'must have' for anyone serious about cycling.

The author does a fantastic job describing advanced techniques. I own 12+ cycling books and some are practically Chinese, not this book. Very easy to read and understand while conveying a complicated topic. Great Stuff!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laurent Fignon on January 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Since reading this book is likely to make you a more competitive racer, I can hardly suggest that you read it. Afterall, that would be like giving myself a flat, or forgetting to put my rear wheel on before I lined up against you. I want to win just as much as you, so stay away from this book and all its excellent information. There are few books like this available for racing cyclists, thankfully.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2004
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I am a newcomer to this world of cycling and now experiencing a side of life that is fun and exciting. This book was given to me by a good friend who is an avid biker as a way to expand my knowledge of the racing world. I thought I would be bored out of my mind with all the technical language but I surprisingly understood alot of it, given my limited experience. I found it easy to read, helpful, informative and definitely entertaining. Mr. Prehn has done a terrific job in reaching a very wide audience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andrew couch on April 24, 2006
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I've been racing for 20 years and this book is a very well-written, very concise summary of many basic skills that every cyclist needs to know. Perhaps more importantly for the beginner, former US Pro champ Prehn explains outstanding tactical moves from his racing days as well as more recent races. Not all races are identical, but the examples help the reader begin to think "outside of the box" and begin to recognize and consider the multiple team/personality/individual talent dynamics that exist in any road bicyle race.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 4hrerexion on February 23, 2010
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If you are a beginner it is probably a pretty good book. If you have lots of experience and have read other things then you probably won't find many new ideas or concepts. It is mildly entertaining and I guess it just gets you thinking about strategy and reviewing different scenarios. So from that perspective it is ok. Its kind of written haphazardly like ideas went from the brain to the pen as they came up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Crawford on October 28, 2005
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I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to learn bunch racing skills or teaching them to younger riders.

While the experienced rider may read the skills and think "I've been doing this for years, but I'd never thought of suggesting that to a younger rider".

It doesn't have alot on team tactics but I have a few chapters I have my juniors read while travelling to events.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie on February 11, 2010
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If you are considering a race, or are just a beginner, this book is great. You also should read it if you just want to understand why cycling teams do what they do in one-day races or in Grand Tours. Once you have read this book, pro racing will make a lot more sense and it will be more enjoyable to watch, even if Phil, Paul and Bob are not doing the commentary.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo Iannini on February 8, 2008
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After my 10+ year cycling career, having raced in Italy, this book added very little to my knowledge. It tells some good stuff about crosswinds and echelons, but I think that Boresewick's Road Bicycle Racing is a better book in technics and tatics than this book.

If you are an novice or cat.4 this book may add a lot to your know-how! Since this is not expensive, it's worth giving an try. If you are an old-cycling-man like me, leave it alone.
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