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Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists [Kindle Edition]

Michael Hutchinson
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Book Description

For professional cyclists, going faster and winning are, of course, closely related. Yet surprisingly, for many, a desire to go faster is much more important than a desire to win. Someone who wants to go faster will work at the details and take small steps rather than focusing on winning. Winning just happens when you do everything right – it's the doing everything right that's hard. And that's what fascinates and obsesses Michael Hutchinson.

With his usual deadpan delivery and an awareness that it's all mildly preposterous, Hutchinson looks at the things that make you faster – training, nutrition, the right psychology – and explains how they work, and how what we know about them changes all the time. He looks at the things that make you slower, and why, and how attempts to avoid them can result in serious athletes gradually painting themselves into the most peculiar life-style corners.

Faster is a book about why cyclists do what they do, about what the riders, their coaches and the boffins get up to behind the scenes, and about why the whole idea of going faster is such an appealing, universal instinct for all of us.

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if you want to know how to turn yourself into a Merckx or a Froome, read Faster
- Guardian

Fascinating, convincing and witty
- Outdoor Fitness

A revelatory examination of what makes athletes tick
- Independent

It s an amusing, informative and hugely satisfying read that s genuinely difficult to tear yourself away from.
- Cycling Weekly

Well researched and delivered perfectly; definitely one for thepermanent collection.

For anyone with akeen interest in time trialling or an obsession with speed this book is a must-read.

Book Description

A fascinating and funny investigation into cyclists' incessant pursuit of speed by one of the sport's top professionals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport; 1 edition (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but superb 24 April 2014
By RobK
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you're a runner, a triathlete, or especially a cyclist, this is the book for you. The legendary Dr Hutch walks us through the art and science of producing a world class cyclist, with frequent references both to the author's own experience as the dominant athlete in domestic time trialling in the UK for many years and to the extraordinarily successful British Cycling approach which scooped almost all the Olympic track medals, a good proportion of the road medals and a couple of Tours de France over the last few years. For a book about the science of training this is amazingly easy to read, and the authors self-deprecating sense of humour really shines through as he takes us through the basic biology of performance, training, nutrition, coaching, psychology and genetics.

This isn't really a book on how to train, or a sports science book. It's really an overview of how the whole fits together, and an explanation of the philosophy that's been so successful for the GB cyclists, often contrasted entertainingly with the author's own home grown attempts to do similar things. You won't come away from this book knowing what to eat and which interval sessions to do three weeks before your A race, but you will have a much better understanding of why you need to think about these things and how they contribute to your overall performance.

If you are interested in endurance sport, or in how to make a faster cyclist from a slower one, you should read this book, if only so that there are fewer people who annoy me by talking rubbish about lactic acid.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and insightful read 28 Mar. 2014
Absolutely delightful read. It's fascinating for anyone who has ever wanted to go faster because Hutchinson has tried it all and he writes incisively about what works and what doesn't. But it's not a training manual for cyclists, though there is plenty of tips to be found. It is a a witty expose of a lifetime obsession, enlivened by hilarious observations about the crazy things cyclists do. This had me laughing out loud on the bus and reading paragraphs to my non-cycling wife. I loved the book and immediately ordered The Hour when it was finished.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I would recommend this to anyone even vaguely interested in cycling. Whilst some of the technical details might be more interesting to the competitive rider, the narrative and humour is always made entertaining and interesting. Hutchinson is not only a brilliant wit but an accomplished and experienced athlete and this he uses to the best effect in this book. Buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hutchinson at his best 3 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Fabulous read for anyone with an interest in endurance sport. written in the lively self deprecating manner that readers of Cycling Weekly will know and love. Lots of current research on physiology etc with a section on genetics revealing a great deal that I never knew. Races along at a lively pace and finishes too soon. I feel rather guilty at how little I paid for this, hopefully the author gets a large slug of it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed 12 Jan. 2015
I almost gave up on this halfway, continued to the end, and wished I hadn't. The author can't help bragging about his various physiological parameters, which should have translated into gold medals, but didn't. There is a pervasive air of "I should have won" throughout. By the time I got to the end, I had a mental picture of him weeping into his reduced-oxygen tent.

Ignore the blurb on the back. It is a very gossipy book which will not provide much insight into performance cycling. I found the book, High -Performance Cycling by Jeukendrup miles better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Interesting Read 26 Aug. 2014
Having read and enjoyed The Hour, and seen a positive review of this latest book on the washinemachinepost, I am pleased to say this is another fascinating read. Michael Hutchinson has a very attractive writing style, and for someone who has been so successful in his cycling career, his mildly self deprecating tone is very appealing. I've bought quite a few books over the years on cycling performance and nutrition, but I think I could have saved my money and simply read this book for all the insight that is necessary. I think it's fair to say that this is probably a book for the enthusiastic road cyclist rather than anyone else. If that's you, then I'm confident you'll enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 7 April 2014
Outstanding! An absolute must read, be prepared to want to highlight your way through this and re-read chapters as soon as they're finished.
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If you can see past the Sky / BC Love fest, then this is a good book, written well with some wonderful anecdotes.

If you are involved in sport then you will understand some of the stuff in here. If you're a club cyclist you will certainly be able to relate to this and even have experianced a lot of the tales.

Its not a book that will give you full on guidance, but it does have some bits you can pick up from. Its more of behind the scenes of the Pro's of racing and the wanna be pro's and their striving for getting onto the next rung of the ladder.

I would have given the 5 stars but its too much of a love for Sky & BC and due to this some of the facts contradict some of the information in the real world, especially after reading this just after reading Nicole Cookes book!

I have a keen interest in the science behind cycling myself and the stuff about VO2 Max etc was well put forward.
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Published 26 days ago by Darren 0'neillpaginini
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Plenty of science, but written in a way that's easy to understand. It's a well researched and written book and I'd recommend it to any remotely serious cyclist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written for the Obsessive Cyclist by an Obsessive
Training books worth having. The Cyclist`s Training Bible and The Power Meter Handbook by Joe Friel, Training and Racing with Power by Coggan and ??? And this book. That`s it. Read more
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A fascinating insight into just how scientific cycle racing has become. A writing style which encourages you to continue reading and technical knowledge at the leading edge of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, Fascinating Insights.
Great book, wonderfully written. A personal look at how and why cyclists/athletes are how they are, including lots of anecdotes and interviews with cycling's star performers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertains and educates
Excellent book from the dependable Dr Hutch
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