Author(s): Kristian Bauer
The Tour de France is one of the best-known and most challenging athletic events in the world. In the first three weeks of July every year, the pros pit their strength, wit and skill against each other over the gruelling 3,500km route. And every year, amateur riders the world over dream of tackling one of the Tour's legendary stages themselves. Ride a Stage of the Tour de France is the first book that allows non-professional cyclists to do just that. A thorough 'how to' guide, it covers forty of the Tour's classic ascents, including Mount Ventoux, Galibier and Tourmalet. Each route is described in detail by an author who has ridden them all. There's information to help you prepare, train and choose the right stage, and each route comes with a map and vital statistics like altitude, length and difficulty. From where to park to when to go, from what to wear to the characteristics of the road, Riding a Stage of the Tour de France has all you need to complete the challenge safely and successfully.
Publication will coincide with the build-up to the Tour when potential readers are feeling particularly inspired! In addition to the 8,500 people who do the official amateur 'Etape' each year (notoriously hard to get into and very expensive), more people than ever are heading out to ride a stage themselves A practical guide that will allow cyclists to make their dreams a reality and ride the legendary mountain passes of the Tour Cycling continues to grow in popularity and this book would appeal to the many riders who are interested in the more challenging aspect Insider stories from an author who has been there and done it - and can write vividly about other people's experiences too - makes this a book with wide appeal
"From where to park to when to go; from what to wear to the characteristics of the road, 'Riding a Stage of the Tour de France' has all you need to complete the challenge safely and successfully." Independent (July 2011)
Kristian Bauer is an avid cyclist and supporter of the Tour de France. He is a journalist who writes mainly on cycling and triathlon.