Books I have read to which I intend to add brief comments one day. Updated 14/7/2013.
Flying Scotsman by Graeme Obree, Birlinn, 2003
Paris-Roubaix: The Inside Story by Les Woodland, McGann Publishing, 2013
Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal by Daniel Friebe Ebury Press 2012
Obsessive Compulsive Cycling by Dave Barter, Phased Publications 2012 (eBook)
The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell 2006 Phoenix Publishing
Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi by Wiiliam Fotheringham 2010 Yellow Jersey Press
Laurent Fignon: We Were Young And Carefree by Laurent Fignon Yellow Jersey Press
The Cycling Anthology Volume 1 eds Ellis Bacon & Lionel Birnie Peleton Publishing 2012
The Cycling Anthology Volume 2 eds Ellis Bacon & Lionel Birnie Peleton Publishing 2013
One More Kilometre and We’re In The Showers by Tim Hilton, Harper Collins 2004 (recommended by Steven Smith, see comments below)
Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (founder of the group Talking Heads) Not really about cycling but an interesting account of cycling around a number of major world cities on the folding bike he takes with him every where. I’m thinking of getting one!
Slaying the Badger by Richard Moore. How Greg Lemond eventually beat Bernard Hinault in the Tour De France
How Cave Won the Green Jersey by Ned Boulting
How I Won the Yellow Jumper by Ned Boulting
A Race For Madmen: a history of the Tour De France by Chris Sidwells, 2010 Harper Colins
Lanced: The shaming of Lance Armstrong by Walsh, David, Paul Kimmage and John Follain
The Secret Race by Daniel Coyle and Tyler Hamilton 2012. The whistle-blowing account of life and doping inside Lance Armstrong’s team has won the 24th William Hill’s sports book of 2012.
Bad Blood by Jeremy Whittle, Yellow Jersey Press, London, 2009
Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar by David Millar. Orion Books, England 2012
In Pursuit of Glory: The Autobiography by Bradley Wiggins. Orion Bools 2008. E-book 2012.
My Time by Bradley Wiggins Yellow Jersey Press E-book 2012
Sky’s the Limit: British Cycling’s Quest to Conquer the Tour de France by Richard Moore, Harper Sport, 2012.
21 Days to Glory official Team Sky book of the 2012 Tour De France 2013 Harper Collins
Fellowship is Life: The Story of the Clarion Club by Denis Pye, Clarion Publishing, 1995, 2044
A Bike Ride Through My Life by Frank Clements, Trafford Publishing, USA, 2011
Cycling is My Life by Tom Simpson, Random House Publishing, London, 1966 (new edition 2009 with introduction by David Miller)
It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong, Yellow Jersey Press, 2001
23 Days in July: Inside Lance Armstrong’s Record-breaking Victory in the Tour de France by John Wilcockson, John Murray Publishers, London 2004
It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels by Robert Penn, Particular Books, London and USA, 2010
The Beautiful Machine: A Life in Cycling, from Tour de France to Cinder Hill by Graeme Fife, Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2008
Tour De France: The History, the Legend, the Riders by Graeme Fife, Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2012. First published in 1999 and then revised every year to add a chapter on the latest Tour de France. Most recent edition September 2012 includes this year’s win by Bradley Wiggins.
Tour De France: The Illustrated Centenary History by Marguerite Lazell, Carlton Books, London, 2003. A coffee table book with excellent photographs. The Tours are grouped together in ‘Ages’ and there are several short essays on the chief protagonists.
The Official Tour De France 100th Race Anniversary Edition 2013 Quercus. Updated version of the book below up to and including Wiggin’s 2012 victory.
The Official Tour De France Centennial 1903 – 2003 by various authors in conjunction with L’Équipe (“France’s premier sports newspaper”), Wedenfield & Nicolson, 2003. Another coffee table book. It is quite detailed on every edition of Le Tour, with an introduction by Lance Armstrong
I can recommend ‘One More Kilometre and We’re in the Showers’ by Tim Hilton, I’ll bring it along to the Saturday morning LCAG easy ride if you like.
Also I have just got out of the library ‘Merckx: Half Man Half Bike’ by William Fotheringham and have asked them for ‘Rough Ride’ by Paul Kimmage which seems particularly topical again.
Thanks Steven. The Tim Hilton book looks very interesting. I’ve just looked it up and it seems to cover much the same time as my cycling career, starting just a little before perhaps. Thanks for the offer of the loan. I’ve just ordered Bradley Wiggin’s autobiography that is coming out this month, Bradley Wiggins: My Time.