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Reading the Race: Bike Racing from Inside the Peloton Paperback – October 1, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 110 ratings

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"Horner's anecdotes make Reading the Race a worthwhile read for those whose primary interest is the European pro peloton, but really the book isn't aimed at the armchair rider, it's a practical manual for those who want to learn the tricks of the trade." - Podium Cafe

"The descriptions of specific group tactics, such as pacelines, echelon riding and the like, are clearly illustrated and annotated. If you have any doubts as to how any are to be implemented in real life, these leave no doubt as to how each ought to be successfuly accomplished." - The Washing Machine Post

"In the Reading the Race, [Horner and Smith have] outlined the key mechanics of reading a race - and more importantly, how to win. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up for a sprint, it's all there." - Road Bike Review

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Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if you're in it to win it, you need race smarts.
YOU NEED READING THE RACE.
Jamie Smith and Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in strategies and tactics. From the basics of cornering, climbing, and descending to the subtle art of finding the fast line through the final corner, Reading the Race will elevate your cycling IQ.
Setting up a slingshot attack, blocking from the front, managing a lapped field, gapping a wheelsucker out of a breakaway, assembling a winning team--every page reveals new secrets to moving forward in the peloton and putting time into your rivals.
Whether you're a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, you'll find new insight and the keys to victory in Reading the Race.
Thirty years of criterium racing have given race announcer and coach Jamie Smith a rare ability to see, describe, and critique the tactics in the American peloton. This book is his way of paying it back.
Three-time NRC champion and Vuelta winner Chris Horner began his dominating pro career in 1995. His photographic memory has cemented his reputation as one of the smartest road captains in the sport.


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  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • ISBN-10 : 1937715108
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1937715106
  • Dimensions : 7.07 x 0.65 x 8.96 inches
  • Publisher : VeloPress; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 110 ratings

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