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Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking Paperback – October 19, 2017
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From the Publisher
Event and Route Profiles
Complete profiles, gear setups, and defining features of gravel events (domestic and abroad) in addition to route guides and tips for bikepacking adventures. Scenic and action-packed photographs accompany each event and route.
Advice from Pros
Race promoters and course winners offer their advice on everything from bike parts and gearing to nutrition and strategy.
World-Class Photography and Illustrations
Over 350 gorgeous, gritty, and scenic photographs fill the pages to excite and inspire. 30+ detailed illustrations of bike and camping gear provide extra information and preparation.
Gear and Tech
The author lends his bike mechanic expertise on bike setup, gear selection, and how to build your dream bike.
Gravel Cycling is Nick Legan’s comprehensive guide that is packed with breathtaking “want to be there” photos, intel on iconic events, and practical step-by-step direction for newcomers and hardcore off-road adventurers.
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The book includes lots of details about race preparation; I will keep those tips in mind for the future.
I was especially impressed by the numerous illustrations--in particular, on bike maintenance. Very thorough explanations. Many of the tips are useful no matter what type of bike you ride.
Advance Review Copy courtesy of the publisher.
Due to the large parts of the book being lists of events, it is hard to imagine someone sitting down and reading the book at a go. As a reference manual it is a bit light, and as physical books tend to, likely to be outdated sooner rather than later.
For me, the best sections are the interviews with cyclists describing their adventures on various courses and the large selection of beautiful pictures showing off each course. I also liked the section on bike packing, even if the information there is pretty basic.
For best use, get this as a coffee table book - you can read a few sections now and then and dream of the events you'll one day partake in - you know, once you have the time (and time to get better fit). Better yet, keep it at the office for some quick escapism in the middle of a work day.
First of all I was surprised that is was such a large and comprehensive
book. It covers the major races in the US, with pro-tips for each race. The book also includes great tips regarding bikepacking and biketouring. But the images in the book is what really stand out. Great pictures, great photography well edited on good quality paper. This book doubles as a coffe table book that I pick up when I got the time to just browse through and watch the pictures and get inspired.
Can't think of any cons except that Nick missed my country Sweden in the book ;-) though to his defence we don't have any big gravel race here, that I know of at least. But this book has got me so inspired so who knows, perhaps there will be one in the north of Sweden in a future nearby.