The Call of the Road: The History of Cycle Road Racing

By Chris Sidwells

Eddy Merckx. Fausto Coppi. Jacques Anquetil. Bernard Hinault. Beryl Burton. Marianne Vos.

Since the first road race in May 1869, revealed here for the very first time, cycle road racing has been dominated by iconic cyclists who redefined endurance and fortitude. The battles facing these cyclists are not fought over just one race, but an annual series beginning with the Spring Classics and culminating in the three great tours – the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España and the Tour de France – before the cyclists retire to lick their wounds and start on another winter of training.

How were the great races founded and developed? How have the great riders stamped their authority on them through the ages? Truly international in scope, looking at road racing in North and Latin America, Australia, Africa and Asia, as well as continental Europe, The Call of the Road is essential reading for anyone who is interested in the history, tactics or personalities of cycle road racing.

Format: ebook
Release Date: 28 Jun 2018
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-822078-5
Chris Sidwells is a freelance journalist, author and photographer who specialises in all aspects of cycling. His books have been translated into nearly twenty languages and been bestsellers in the UK and abroad. Chris contributes to Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport, as well as Men’s Fitness, Cycling Plus, Cyclingnews.com and the Sunday Times. An active racing cyclist, Chris attained gold medal standard in the 2000 Etape du Tour and is a qualified coach.

Praise for Chris Sidwells: -

”'An intriguing read for almost any reader, not only those who are interested in cycling” - Tuam Herald

”'[An] engaging and accessible account of the race’s history” - Sunday Business Post