on 18 June 2013
Certain sports inspire great writing. For example cricket and mountaineering. Others fail to achieve this consistency, despite the overwhelming popularity of the sport in question. Football most obviously fits this bill, though there have been some notable exceptions of late. This book is a collection of original articles that really hit the spot. Articles really well written, interesting and involving, critical and analytical. At a time when most of the ever increasing number of cycling magazines are little more than marketing exercises, this book really shows that some of the very best writers are now fully involved with cycling. The opening article, twenty eight pages by William Fotheringham on Bradley Wiggins, is really good journalism and those that follow keep up the standard. I believe this is the first of an on-going series; if that is so we are in for a regular treat. As I throw down yet another magazine full of latest ways to spend money on cycling stuff I really look forward to the following editions of this anthology. It brings back the days when the likes of J.B. Wadley could be read and enjoyed at weekly and monthly intervals in 'Cycling' and 'Sporting. Cyclist', days that seemed to be gone long ago. Highly recommended.
Just to be clear, I initially ordered this book on Amazon only to be told by the publishers that Amazon wouldn't be selling it so I bought it direct from them (keeps the profits in house, cycling anthology.com or prendas.co.uk). Now I notice Amazon say the volume isn't available from them so I expect this review will disappear eventually but until it does can I ask you please to get a copy if you are interested in cycling or good sports journalism or perhaps both, because if you are it fits the bill. It is a collection of essays from prominent cycling journalists, writers and even professional cyclists themselves (David Millar writes in this edition) and is the first volume of what is hoped to become a regular series. It is a smashing little book, it's presence has never been more vital and it proves beyond doubt that in the past boxing and cricket have arguably been seen as the sports with the best writers and now cycling can be added to this list.
on 4 December 2012
Simply put this is an excellent collection of cycling literature and reportage. The pieces are intelligent, interesting, sometimes challenging and always written with a love and passion for the sport. Please hunt out Prendas Cyclismo and get a copy for the cyclist in your life!
on 6 March 2013
An enjoyable read (apart from the Voeckler piece, one of the most charismatic racers in the world, not that you'd know it from the very short, abrubtly ended piece about him) and I'll be buying the next one. But unless a Kindle edition is offered that'll be it for me. I've got limited space for books these days and tend to purchase on Kindle when offered. I don't want it to be cheaper than the paperback, I enjoyed it enough to pay a premium for it even, but to not even offer the option in a periodical starting in 2013 is pretty poor.