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The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges [Hardcover]

Richard Hoad , Paul Moore
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Book Description

22 Nov 2012
Across the world seemingly ordinary people are undertaking extraordinary challenges that will push their limits to achieve the improbable - by sea, bike, foot or sled. From the Badwater Ultramarathon in the unforgiving heat of Death Valley in California to the freezing wilderness of Alaska, these once-in-a-lifetime experiences are increasingly popular, and strangely addictive. For a certain breed of competitor, there is an unbreakable drive to see exactly how much the body and will can endure.

Ultra-endurance events in the hottest, coldest, highest, most remote locations - these are no Sunday morning excursions but gruelling fights for survival and victory. This book looks at 50 of the most extreme marathons, triathlons, bike rides and other iconic endurance events from around the globe.

The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges is a truly inspiring and beautiful collection of what we can achieve when racing to the limits. With full-colour stunning photography, coverage of every detail of these cruel challenges and including accounts of competitors who have lived to tell the tale, this book is a wonderful testament to those who face Mother Nature and survive.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport (22 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140815885X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408158852
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 25.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fantastic! "The World's Toughest Endurance Challenges" brings every event to life with incredible stories and photographs. Having spent decades on many of these courses myself, it gave me goose bumps to see them captured in such vivid detail." --Ian Adamson, 7x Adventure Race World Champion, 3x ESPN X-Games Medal Winner, 3x Guinness World Record Holder for Endurance Kayaking

Inspiring and shocking, it's certainly motivational if you want to do something different in 2013 --The Sun

Inspiring and shocking, its certainly motivational if you want to do something different in 2013 --The Sun

About the Author

Richard Hoad is a qualified triathlon coach, regular competitor in triathlons of all distances and a sub-10 hour long-distance triathlon finisher.

Paul Moore is Head of Digital at one of the UK's largest triathlon magazines, Triathlete Europe. He is also a keen triathlete and competes in numerous multisports events around the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Those who Do and Those who Dream 15 Dec 2012
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This is a book about those who set out to do something amazing. But also for those of us perhaps who never will - but love to dream of undertaking incredible feats - in the desert, up mountains, down rivers, over or under the sea, and even racing in the heart of the word's biggest cities. It is a book for doers and dreamers.
The introduction reminds us that since recorded time, people have been pushing themselves to the limits of human endurance. The authors realized that it would be necessary to set out some parameters for the challenges to be included in this book. This appears to have been successful and has resulted in some unusual and epic feats of endurance.
The book is cleverly divided into challenges taking place over different continents and included cross-continental challenges The excellent photography relating to each one, the description of the terrain, and discussion with the athletes who have completed the challenge, makes fascinating reading, together with key facts for each event.
This is an inspiring book, lovely to read and browse - and perhaps even to start turning a dream into the journey of a lifetime!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for athletes and non-athletes alike 30 Nov 2012
Even as a non-athlete, I've really enjoyed this book. It is attractively presented, and you can dip in and out of it easily. The descriptions of the endurance challenges are detailed and well-written, and the personal stories of the people who have completed the challenges add a different, interesting angle.

I am not a sports fan, and only exercise for my own basic fitness (not the jaw-dropping stamina events in this book!) but I'm glad I bought this, it's the sort of thing I'll return to again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the bored marathon runner 10 Dec 2013
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It was bought as a Christmas gift, so I haven't had any feedback yet. I saw it in the local library and thought it looked interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Xmas present 14 Aug 2013
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The book is a great Xmas present. It shows some great adventures and covers very varied events.

The writing style is not great but is light hearted enough to make it an easy read
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE overview! 6 May 2013
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5 stars as it covered all expectations and presented a good overview for "what I wnat to do next" in my Triathlon and extreme sports journey.....I already did the Norseman.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspiring book! 9 Feb 2013
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If you have any interest whatsoever in endurance sports - whether running, sailing, cycling, multi-sports - buy this book. It doesn't matter if you are a hardened Ironman triathlete or just a person who dreams of pushing your boundaries - this book will leave you with an intrigued smile on you face, and maybe just a spark of ambition in your belly. It certainly did for me, and I was mostly only gazing at the pictures!

The photos are spectacular, and the personal viewpoints are also valuable - particularly if you are serious considering one of these challenges - because you get some idea of the training involved. While this book is only an introduction to each of the races, and that is not a criticism by any means, if you are fired up after reading it (like I was and I think many other reviewers!) then I think the authors have done their job.

Great as a coffee table item and as a reference guide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good product 3 Feb 2013
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good product
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