THE CYCLE SHOW BOOK CLUB

Check out some of the must read books you can catch at The Cycle Show from award winning authors – perfect for all cycling enthusiasts!

BERYL: IN SEARCH OF BRITAIN’S GREATEST ATHLETE

JEREMY WILSON [PAPERBACK] 

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Lifelong cyclist and Chief Sports Reporter for the Daily Telegraph, Jeremy scooped the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2022 for his brilliant work detailing the life and times of the great Beryl Burton, surely the finest racing cyclist this country has ever produced.

The subtitle may not even be hyperbolic. Beryl Burton, an almost forgotten amateur cyclist who worked on a rhubarb farm in Yorkshire, was not simply the undisputed ruler of British women’s cycling for 25 years, but also broke the men’s record in a 12-hour time trial. Jeremy Wilson retrieves an astonishing lifeFinancial Times

Beryl Burton dominated her sport much as her male contemporary Eddy Merckx, but with a longevity that surpasses even sporting legends like Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams and Sir Steve Redgrave.

She was practically invincible in time trials, finishing as Best All-Rounder for 25 consecutive years and setting a world record in 1967 for the distance covered in 12 hours that beat the men. She won multiple world titles, even when the distances didn’t play to her strengths. But her achievements were limited by discrimination from the cycling authorities, and by her strictly amateur status against state-sponsored rivals from Eastern Bloc nations.

Yet she carried on winning, beating men and – infamously – competing against her own daughter, while working on a farm and running a household. Her motivation, sparked by appalling childhood illness, is as fascinating as her achievements are stunning.

GOD IS DEAD: THE RIDE AND FALL OF FRANK VANDENBROUCKE

ANDY MCGRATH [PAPERBACK] 

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Also a William Hill prize 2022 nominee for his engrossing book on the mercurial Belgian racer’s brilliance and tragic demise, Andy also landed the major award for Tom Simpson: Bird on a Wire in 2017 and is former Editor of Rouleur magazine.

‘The fact that we know the tragically opaque ending of this story from the start is what lends such a devastating quality to McGrath’s careful biography. Soberly told and with a clear affection for its wayward subject, McGrath’s account explores the narcotically corrupting power of sport itself’ – The Guardian

They called him God.

For his grace on a bicycle, for his divine talent, for his heavenly looks. Frank Vandenbroucke had it all, and in the late nineties he raced with dazzling speed and lived even faster.

The Belgian won most of cycling’s most prestigious races, including Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Paris-Nice, enthralling a generation of cycling fans. Off the bike, he only had one enemy – himself.

His rise to prominence coincided with a rampant period of doping and Vandenbroucke had a wayward streak. He regularly fell out with team managers and had all-night party sessions mixing sleeping pills and alcohol. A drugs scandal started a long fall from grace, leading to addiction, car crashes, court appearances, marital problems and suicide bids, punctuated by sporting comebacks. His life was like a soap opera and its premature ending shocked many.

THE POWER OF BELIEF: BETHANY SHRIEVER’S RISE TO THE TOP

BETH SHRIEVER / SARAH JUGGINS [PAPERBACK] 

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This is the compelling and inspirational account of Beth Shriever’s journey to overcoming barriers and becoming the best ever female BMX racer. 

When UK Sport removed funding for women’s BMX, Bethany Shriever’s dream of Olympic glory seemed shattered. Throw in the impact of a broken leg sustained in childhood, plus an untimely arm injury weeks before the final Olympic qualification event, and few would have thought the 22-year-old would be on the plane to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, let alone the podium. And with the uncertainty caused by a global pandemic, the external pressures on Beth were intense and pervasive. 

BOOK SIGNING: Saturday 11.30

Ison Distribution, stand G130

AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Saturday 13:00

Turbolito, stand G570H

CYCLING CAFES [HARDBACK] 

KITTY PEMBERTON-PLATT

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Cycling Cafes is a celebration of the best cycling cafes in the UK. Featuring the stories of 22 cafes, routes to ride and a limited-edition free coffee card. The book is designed as an ode to cycling cafes, not a review. It’s full of stories that focus on the people behind the business, as well 200+ pages of photography for cycling fans to enjoy. The ambition was to reflect the importance of cycling cafes. They’re often where the love of riding starts, and with regular rides hosted, and the comfort they provide cyclists, it can also be where the passion and sense of community continues to grow. Kitty spent two years visiting these cafes to deconstruct their appeal and uncover further why they are so ingrained in our cycling psyche.

BOOK SIGNING: Friday 12.15

Condor Cycles, stand G380