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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408146517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408146514
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr James Hopker is internationally renowned for his work in cycling science, and is Lecturer in the Centre for Sports Studies, University of Kent, UK. Dr Simon Jobson is an internationally recognised expert in cyclng science. Both authors work with a number of elite cyclists, bringing the most up-to-date cycling science to the athlete.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By solo on 16 Dec. 2012
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Excellent book and great to learn about the contemporary science of the sport, a good resource for creating your own training plans and understanding why.

I'm a bit dubious of the statement at the end of chapter 8 on sprinting: "Newtonian mechanics [...] will argue that ['throwing'] does nothing to advance the bike over the line"

F=ma and the bike weighs much less than the rider, so relative to the combined CoG the bike will move forward more than the rider moves back, and it is the wheel that counts. As long as the lunge is in the last fraction of a second, the benefits must outweigh the stated increase in aerodynamic drag and reduced power input at the pedals. Accelerating the bike is much easier than the rider.
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Great book and a better investment than a buying a couple of £5 cycling magazines with the same rehashed training articles year on year.

Having a 25 year background in anaesthetics and intensive care helps in reading, but for those with a good science background it's all explained very succinctly. Good highlighted summary points at the end of each chapter.

Covers separate sections on woman, para and older cyclists which shows a good degree of inclusively.

If you really want to put a more scientific basis to your training I would definitely purchase. Short of reading the scientific journals this is as current as it gets.

Avoid the new Lemond book if you like this, I bought at the same time. V. disappointing!
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By O on 3 April 2013
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Very goood book, nice new book useful, can be used for fine gain or teaching, good for any athlete novice or semi pro
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sarah on 8 Oct. 2012
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An excellent review of the science of cycling with enough detail for the most avid cyclist but well presented so you can browse and glean excellent bitesize bits of information to make you faster. Covers everything you will need-buy it!!!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mr d m weller on 16 Dec. 2012
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Well there is some good information here but ultimately your better of getting something by Hunter Allen or Joe Friel.
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