Pedalare! Pedalare! A History of Italian Cycling by John Foot; Cyclepedia: A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs by Michael Embacher; The Bicycle Book by Bella Bathurst; Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar by David Millar - review by Iain Marshall

Iain Marshall

Iain Marshall on Four Books About Bicycles

  • John Foot, 
  • Michael Embacher, 
  • Bella Bathurst, 
  • David Millar
 

Professional cycling is deeply rooted in the written word. All three grand tours – Spain's Vuelta, the Giro in Italy and the Tour de France – were created to boost flagging sales of newspapers. 

In Italy it was La Gazzetta dello Sport that instigated the Giro d'Italia in 1908. John Foot, in Pedalare! Pedalare! A History of Italian Cycling, relies heavily on the contemporaneous writings of Gazzetta journalists and others – dubbed ‘the second peloton’ – to add context and colour. Tracing

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