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The Spring Classics: Cycling's Greatest One-day Races Hardcover – 15 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (15 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030608
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 2.3 x 32.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Get your cobble on without breaking your collarbone. "The Spring Classics" will keep you absorbed on rain-soaked April days and just might inspire you to get out and ride regardless of the weather. Bicycling magazine "The Spring Classics" is one of the most beautiful books it has ever been my good fortune to set eyes on. A monument in its own right. TheWashingMachinePost.net Enjoyable and emotive, "The Spring Classics" is like a children s fairy tale book for cyclists, full of valiant and fallen heroes and monstrous terrain. DailyPeloton.com Only a still photograph can capture the moment, provide a lasting and deep impression. The proof is "The Spring Classics." The superb pictures, complemented by text from the best cycling writers, capture the beauty, the excitement, and the brutality fo the toughest races of all, the spring classics. "Cycling Weekly" "The Spring Classics" delves deeply into the rich stories of the classics. "Peloton "magazine After reading "The Spring Classics," you ll be inspired to ride from your heart, ignoring the pleas from your legs and friends alike. The images gave me chills. RedKitePrayer.com "The Spring Classics" is for die-hard fans. The things I care about are all contained within this book. Hard man single-day racing. Great style from racers. Cool cycling photography from the days of yore and also from not that far back. "Embrocation Cycling Journal" If you ve never heard of riders like Coppi, Kelly, De Vlaeminck, and Moser, it s time to learn more about the epic history of our sport. "The Spring Classics" delves into the one-day events that have helped define professional road cycling. The classics are the most prestigious, longest-running events in cycling the domain of warriors and this coffee table book tells the stories of those races where men became legends. "VeloNews "magazine "The Spring Classics" emphasizes photographic composition and scenery, and the result is a beautiful photo book. The text is informative and conveys the passion that these races evoke." The Spring Classics" is a treat for fans. "Bicycle Quarterly" The work is smartly writtenand it is well illustrated. All of the great names are in the book. No rider who made an impact on the classics is forgotten. Epic stories abound; the book lays out the drama that attracts many to cycling and takes the reader over some of the most important terrain in cycling. Roadcycling.com "The Spring Classics," with its fascinating stories and insistent action photographs, captures the emotions of these intense races where, after all, there really is no tomorrow. The strength of this large-format book is in its highly-detailed photographs conveying expectation, effort, exhaustion, disappointment, triumph.As good as the accompanying essays are, the images are usually more persuasive and certainly more moving. PezcyclingNews.com Dig into the glory and history of some of cycling s iconic races with "The Spring Classics." The book serves as a good primer to what made these races the classics that they are. BikeWorldNews.com A fantastic coffee table book resplendent with amazing black and white photos of old time bike racers showing their all. A real gem. BostonBiker.org This homage to all the classics is about endeavour, excitement, battle, character, and those old chestnuts pain and suffering. TheWashingMachinePost.net A lavishly illustrated hardcover coffee table book that introduces readers to cycling s most famous one-day races in a format that includes insightful commentary from the sport s top writers. "Competitor "magazine For real aficionados and the riders themselves, the one-day classics hold a special place on the calendar. This is a hard sport and "The Spring Classics" brings home all its pain and glory. The text captures the special challenges of each race, its great rides and riders. "Lightweight News" "The Spring Classics" doesn t awe you with a new way to tell these stories. Instead, it respects the wondrous material and lets it breathe. PodiumCafe.com "

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The authors are top sportswriters for "L'Equipe," a leading European cycling and sports publication.


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I've had this book since July 2010, and it has quickly become my main "go to" book whenever I need to delve into something for any cycling history on the classics. You won't find anything in this book about the Tour de France, or any other stage race for that matter, as there are many books in circulation already. This book deals with only the single day classics, from the spring opening of the season, through to the end of season races. The book itself is well written, with an excellent full listing of all classic results. But what really sells it, in my opinion, are the many excellent photos, with some covering the spring classics from as early as 1892. Photos of a 21 year old Merckx, shots of Rik Van Looy, and the rest of some of the greatest riders of all time.

If you buy no other book on cycle racing, then make your choice to be this one, a must for ANY fan of the one day races...
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Perhaps the most desirable "coffee table book" there is. Fantastic pictures with interesting and informative text covering races which the media often overlook.
I am mow planning a cycling trip to Belgium - that's how inspiring it is!
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Just what I always wanted, written by folks who understand the one day classics, which are far superior to boring three week tours.
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Brilliant! Fantastic pics and thoughtfull text, though the pics rightly get priority and speak for themselves. A must for any serious cycling fan of the 'true' (ie wet, cold & muddy) tests of the one day specialist.. A quality book. 'Hell of the North' indeed..
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A great present for my husband he loved it.

Good coffee table book with great photography's !.

Even I enjoyed flicking through this book and I'm not an cyclist.
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The title says it all. This is a super book worthy of repeated return time and time again. The photography was very well chosen and perfectly captures each race alongside super text and a well thought out style.
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This year I went to see my first one day classic bike race, Paris Roubaix. It was amazing and a completely different atmosphere to the big stage races. the passion of the crowds and the pride of the history of this brutal race were tangible. Next year I'm off to Flanders for some more of the same. Having already bought the sister volume to this book Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell I knew what I'd get. It's a lovely volume tracing the history of all the classics and filled with great photos spanning the 100+ years that many have been running. It's more than a coffee table book. It's inspiring and a glorious record of the toughest races on earth. If the series continues to be expanded I'll be buying more. An excellent luxury for any fan.
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