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Dec 15, 2016 – It’s day three of the 12 Days of Dig, and we have some reading material to keep you well stocked for down time.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER – The Horton Collection. This coffee-table book created by Brett Horton is packed full of iconic images of racing in the time of Jacques Anquetil (the roaring 1960s). There are unforgettable images in this stylish volume and a great “notes” section giving each image context and narrative. velopress.com
THE ART OF THE JERSEY. This book is a celebration of the past 40 years of memorable jerseys. If you are into the history of kit design and kit history, this book is a must-have. For aspiring designers and cycling fans alike, you will f inally get detailed information on the GIS Gelati-Olmo-Campagnolo team wool jersey made by Santini (one of our favorites). octopusbooksusa.com
THIS ROAD I RIDE. In 2012, Juliana Buhring set off on a journey to circumnavigate the globe by bike in order to heal from the death of a loved one. In 152 days, she rode more than 18,000 miles on four continents. This book tells her story. wwnorton.com
IRON MAC: ANDREW HOMAN. peloton contributor and cycling historian extraordinaire Andrew Homan has just published his def initive biography of track racer Reggie McNamara, the son of a farmer from Australia. The book says: “Within a month of his arrival in the United States in 1913, he had earned the moniker ‘Iron Mac’ for his high tolerance of pain and his remarkable ability to recover from seemingly catastrophic injury.” His six-day successes during a time when cycling rivaled baseball as the nation’s most popular sport is well worth a read. nebraskapress.unl.edu
SHUT UP LEGS: MY WILD RIDE ON AND OFF THE BIKE BY JENS VOIGT WITH JAMES STARTT. Jens Voigt has done more with his positive outlook on life and racing (and parenthood) than most other racers. A product of East German cycling schools, Jens takes us through his storied career with anecdotes that will both make you laugh and make you want to ride. The book is artfully co- authored by peloton’s own James Startt and worth putting on your summer reading lists. Available everywhere.
PAUL SMITH’S CYCLING SCRAPBOOK. Described perfectly in the foreword by David Millar, this large format book is really fashion designer Paul Smith’s “love letter to cycling.” A broken leg at age 16 ended Paul’s cycling career and he detoured into art and fashion, never losing his passion for cycling. This book includes his collection of cycling ephemera over the years. Truly personal, artistic and moving. thamesandhudsonusa.com