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The Competition Bicycle

Vintage Bicycle Press' new large-format book explores the world of cycling competition through the actual bicycles ridden by champions and amateurs.

Great champions battled the mountain passes of the great tours. Others whirled around the banked oval of a track. Randonneurs embraced the open road unsupported. Newspaper carriers raced each other over the cobblestones of Paris with 15 kg of newspapers on the front rack. Mountain bikers did away with roads altogether and raced on mountain trails.

Their bicycles are shown in The Competition Bicycle, from a rare 1890s racing High Wheeler to Tony Rominger's 1994 hour record bike. In between are 32 carefully selected bicycles. Most are the actual, unrestored machines ridden by the great champions like Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Eddy Merckx, Greg LeMond, Andy Hampsten and many others.

These bikes tell their stories through sweat-stained handlebar tape and well-worn saddles. Each bicycle represents a milestone in the history of cycling competition, as well as in the development of cycling technology.

The Competition Bicycle is a celebration of beautiful bicycles lovingly crafted for one purpose only: to go as fast as possible.

Author Jan Heine is editor of Bicycle Quarterly, a magazine about classic bicycles and cycling's history.
Photographer Jean-Pierre Pradères' has been published in many magazines and books, including the Guggenheim Museum's The Art of the Motorcycle.

Please note that our last copy of this book is slightly shop-worn, hence the discount. This item is final sale.
SKU: BOO-6600

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Hardcover: 176 pages
Dimensions: 3/4 x 9-1/2 x 12 inches

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