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The Long Distance Cyclists' Handbook [Paperback]

Simon Doughty
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21 Jun 2004
Packed with straightforward information, The Long Distance Cyclist's Handbook details the preparation and equipment needed to take a novice from the challenge of a 50-mile charity ride to gearing up and comfortably covering 66 km in a weekend randonnee. It also tackles marathon events such as 12-hour time trials, and the ultimate test - the 3000-mile Race Across America. Fully updated, this is essential reading for anyone contemplating a cycling holiday or any challenge that takes you outside your usual comfort zone. It brings you the most up-to-date information on training, technique, nutrition, health and travel, and combines the latest in sports science research with years of experience cycling beyond the horizon.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (21 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713668326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713668322
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 18.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is no other book written in the last ten or fifteen years detailing the up-to-date knowledge, technology, style and opportunities in cycling but The Long Distance Cyclists' Handbook brings all of this within the grasp of any cyclist wishing to extend their personal horizons either for pleasure or competition."
-Rocco Richardson, Chairman, Audax UK "Brings [up-to-date knowledge, technology, style, and opportunities in cycling] withing the grasp of any cyclist. . . "--Rocco Richardson, Chairman, "Audax UK

About the Author

Simon Doughty is a professional cycling coach and writer. He has toured extensively and competed in most cycling disciplines, twice ridden the prestigious Paris- Brest-Paris randonnee, and crewed in the Race Across America. Under Simon's guidance riders have won medals and set national and world records in road, track, mountain-biking and cyclo-cross events.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational and practical 22 Jan 2004
I have always been a keen cyclist (I cycled across the Alps when I was 16) but only recently decided to take it a bit more seriously and this book has already proved both inspirational and incredibly useful.
The intelligent design of the book makes the huge amount of information it contains both easily digestible and accessible enough to make it suitable as a handy reference. It's written in an entirely non-patronising style that is very easy to read and features loads of detailed, labelled diagrams that both illustrate and explain - plus gear size charts, training graphs and tables, conversion tables, a useful glossary, lots of helpful addresses, and loads more...
The extensive and detailed hints and tips for training and nutrition are flexible enough to suit a wide range of needs, whether you aim to take part in a few casual 50 mile-plus rides or want to tackle something much more ambitious such as a 600km randonnee or a long-distance multi-stage tour.
The author is a very experienced cyclist but he doesn't need to state his authority - it just shines through in the depth of practical advice and information he gives in the pages of this wonderful book.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
A commuting cyclist since 1972, now doing 5000+ miles/year including events, I found this book invaluable. Best of all is advice on how to prevent "discomfort" on the bike. Nothing I knew for certain was contradicted, but a great deal of valuable new information is there - so much so I went through with a highlighter to ensure it could be picked out easily when needed later.
So, technically it is excellent. And the epic achievments are pretty inspiring, too!
I see this as a "standard text", a "sourcebook" for riders - those just beginning, and those (like me) who want to do more. Not many cyclists will know so much they will not benefit. Most (if not all) will learn a great deal and enjoy it a lot.
See you up the road.
Ed Lehmann.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource... 3 Jan 2008
By Kermit
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I've been cycling for years, mainly off-road, but now have plans for more long distance road cycling; so thought I'd read up on the subject. This book is well written and contains a wealth of information to build fitness levels and ride long distance comfortably. A great book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to all but the most advanced cycle athletes.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good proimer for the long distance rider 26 Dec 2005
By V. Levy
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The book is a great reference source for those contemplating longer rides either in Audax events, endurance rides or long distance touring like Land's End to John O'Groats. All aspects of preparation are covered including:
Although it's of most benefit for those contemplating longer rides (50+miles per day) it's also useful as a comprehensive tick list for those about to embark on another long distance adventure.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide for the novice cyclist 23 Oct 2001
By A Customer
A comprehensive and easy to read introduction to the art of long distance cycling. Doughty covers everything the beginner needs to know, from equipment and bike set-up to developing a simple training program. This is the ideal book for those wishing to make the transition from the occasional weekend ride and the odd painful charity event to touring holidays, 100 mile events and randonneur riding. If you want to become more adventurous, this is the book you've been looking for.
For the more experienced racing cyclist there's nothing much for you, as the author's emphasis is on randonneur riding. However, if your longest race was less than 50 miles there's some useful advice on how to get started on the longer events. If you're an experienced cyclist, I'd only give it 2 stars
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