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December 20/12 18:12 pm - Canadian Cyclist Gift Guide - Day 10


Posted by Editoress on 12/20/12
 

We are up to Day 10 of the Canadian Cyclist Christmas Gift Guide, and it is time to suggest one of our favourite gifts - Books.  This year, as always, has seen the publishing of many cycling-related books, but two in particular stood out in our memory - one inspiring, one disturbing:

Road to Valour

Gino Bartali is a legendary Italian cyclist from the pre- and post-World War Two era who won the Giro d'Italia three times and the Tour de France twice, as well as Milan-San Remo, Tour de Suisse and many other races.  He holds the record for the longest time between two Tour wins - 1938 for his first and 1948 for his second.

For these accomplishments alone, he is considered one of the greats of cycling, however, when the writing team of Canadian journalist Aili McConnon and her husband Andres published the book Road to Valour (note:  the U.S. edition spells it as 'Valor') in June of this year, it revealed that Bartali was also a war hero who helped save the lives of hundreds (if not thousands) of Italian Jews threatened with concentration camps and execution.

Read our full review Here

Published by Doubleday Canada; eISBN: 978-0-385-66949-8.  Also available as an e-book through the Apple iBookstore, however, we found that some pages were duplicated in the electronic edition.


The Secret Race

In my review of this book, I wrote:  I'm of two minds about The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs; the new tell-all autobiography by Tyler Hamilton, with New York Times journalist Daniel Coyle.  On the one hand, it is an eye-opening account of the world of doping in professional cycling.  On the other, it reeks of self-justification and putting the blame on others.

Read our full review Here

Despite my reservations, I think it is a must read for anyone who wants to get an idea of what during the 'Lance' era, and it provides a sobering view of the lengths individuals will go to, to cover up their actions.  Every young rider should read this book.

Bantam Books, 2012  ISBM 978-0-345-53041-7

 

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