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Title:
The hardmen : legends and lessons from the cycling gods / The Velominati.
ISBN:
9781681775708
Edition:
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
Physical Description:
xv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents:
Foreword / by David Millar -- Eddy Merckx, part I : the improbable hour -- Nicole Cooke : birth of a hardwoman -- Sean Yates : always full gas -- Marianne Vos : 2012 Olympic road race -- Eddy Merckx, part II : Belguim, April 1971 -- Rebecca Twigg : mind over matter -- Jacky Durand : go long or go home -- Annie Londonderry : anything you can do, I can do better -- Bernard Hinault : the Badger versus the Dog : Paris -- Roubaix 1981 -- Megan Fisher : overcoming -- Francesco Moser : Passista -- Rik Verbrugghe : stage 15, Tour de France, 2001 -- Beryl 'BB' Burton : British twelve-hour time trial 1967 -- Lucien van Impe : the Spotted Flandrian -- Stephen Roche : La Plagne, July 1987 -- Marco Pantani : Les Deux Alpes -- Andy Hampsten : the Gavia, 1988 -- Nairo Quintana : rule #9 Grimpeur -- Richard Virenque : cracked actor -- Tyler Hamilton : the accidental COTHO -- Roger de Vlaeminck : Mr Paris-Roubaix -- Lizzie Deignan : a lady for the sport -- Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle : never say die -- Jan Raas : the Dutch make hardmen too -- Edwig van Hooydonck : 'Eddy Bosberg' -- Sean Kelly, part I : guns -- Mapei : destroying cobbles, selling glue, forging rules -- Andrei Tchmil : Paris-Roubaix 1994 -- Peter van Petegem : April 2001 -- Tony Martin : 'Panzerwagen' -- Mathew Hayman : Paris-Roubaix 2016 : journey(man) to hell -- Jens Voight : Conan's great battle -- Adam Hansen : Batman -- Eros Poli : Mont Ventoux, Tour de France 1994 -- Freddy Maertens : Champagne in the Bidon -- Diamolidne Abdoujaparov : the champ on the champs -- Sean Kelly, part II : more than just a pair of legs -- Robbie McEwen : July 2007.
Abstract:
"In The Hardmen the writers behind cycling superblog Velominati.com and The Rules will tell the stories and illuminate the myths of not just the greatest cyclists ever, but the toughest. From Eddy Merckx to Beryl Burton, and from Marianne Vos to Edwig Van Hooydonk, the book will lay bare the secrets of their extraordinary and inspirational endurance in the face of pain, danger and disaster. After all, suffering is one of the joys of being a cyclist. Embrace climbs, relish the descents, and get ready to harden up. . ."--Amazon.com.
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Summary

In cycling, suffering brings glory: a rider's value can be judged by their results, but also by their panache and heroism. Prepared to be awed and inspired by Chris Froome riding on at the Tour de France with a broken wrist or Geraint Thomas finishing it with a broken pelvis.In The Hardmen the writers behind cycling superblog Velominati.com and The Rules will tell the stories and illuminate the myths of not just the greatest cyclists ever, but the toughest. From Eddy Merckx to Beryl Burton, and from Marianne Vos to Edwig Van Hooydonk, the book will lay bare the secrets of their extraordinary and inspirational endurance in the face of pain, danger and disaster. After all, suffering is one of the joys of being a cyclist. Embrace climbs, relish the descents, and get ready to harden up. . .


Author Notes

The Velominati are the founders of a singular online community--www.velominati.com--which celebrates the history of road cycling with a distinctive point of view, best described as (ir)reverence. Their infamous The Rules challenge cycling fans to emulate their heroes in everything from training ("it never gets easier, you just go faster") and equipment ("the correct number of bikes to own is n+1") to sock length and coffee choice. Frank Strack, the Editor-in-Chief, appears at bike shows worldwide and writes a column for Cycling magazine.


Table of Contents

David MillarEddy MerckxNicole CookeSean YatesMarianne VosEddy MerckxRebecca TwiggJacky DurandAnnie LondonderryBernard HinaultMegan FisherFrancesco MoserRik VerbruggheBeryl 'BB' BurtonLucien Van ImpeStephen RocheMarco PantaniAndy HampstenNairo QuintanaRichard VirenqueTyler HamiltonRoger De VlaeminckLizzie DeignanGilbert Duclos-LassalleJan RaasEdwig Van HooydonckSean KellyMapeiAndrei TchmilPeter Van PetegemTony MartinMathew HaymanJens VoigtAdam HansenEros PoliFreddy MaertensDjamolidine AbdoujaparovSean KellyRobbie McEwen
Forewordp. vii
Prologuep. ix
A Note on Stylep. xvi
Part I Les Rouleursp. 1
1 Part I: The Improbable Hourp. 6
2 Birth of a Hardwomanp. 11
3 Always Full Gasp. 15
4 2012 Olympic Road Racep. 21
5 Part II: Belgium, April 1971p. 25
6 Mind Over Matterp. 28
7 Go Long Or Go Homep. 32
8 Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Betterp. 36
9 The Badger versus The Dog: Paris-Roubaix 1981p. 41
10 Overcomingp. 47
11 Passistap. 51
12 Stage 15, Tour de France 2001p. 55
13 British Twelve-Hour Time Trial 1967p. 58
Part II Les Grimpeursp. 63
14 The Spotted Flandrianp. 67
15 La Plagne, July 1987p. 73
16 Les Deux Alpesp. 78
17 The Gavia, 1988p. 82
18 Rule #9 Grimpeurp. 86
19 Cracked Actorp. 91
20 The Accidental COTHOp. 96
Part III De Klassiekersp. 101
21 Mr Paris-Roubaixp. 107
22 A Lady for the Sportp. 110
23 Never Say Diep. 113
24 The Dutch Make Hardmen Toop. 117
25 'Eddy Bosberg'p. 121
26 Part I: Gunsp. 125
27 Destroying Cobbles, Selling Glue, Forging Rulesp. 129
28 Paris-Roubaix 1994p. 133
29 April 2001p. 138
Part IV Les Domestiquesp. 141
30 'Panzerwagen'p. 146
31 Paris-Roubaix 2016: Journey(Man) to Hellp. 150
32 Conan's Great Battlep. 153
33 Batmanp. 157
34 Mont Ventoux, Tour de France 1994p. 162
Part V I Velocistip. 167
35 Champagne in the Bidonp. 172
36 The Champ on the Champsp. 176
37 Part II: More Than Just a Pair of Legsp. 179
38 July 2007p. 185
Finalep. 189
Glossaryp. 193
The Rulesp. 207
Further Readingp. 229
Acknowledgementsp. 231
Picture Creditsp. 233
Hardman Biographiesp. 234