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    What are the must-read or must-watch works in the cycling enthusiast canon?

    For me, the following come to mind. Books include “The Rider” by Tim Krabbe and “For the Love of the Bike” by Paul Fournel. Films include “Hollentour (Hell on Wheels)” and “A Sunday in Hell.”

    What would you all add?
     

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    Tomorrow, We Ride by Jean Bobet
     

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    The Rider and A Sunday In Hell are high on that list, indeed.

    I have the Bobet in French but haven't got around to reading it yet.

    I'll suggest two titles that may be less evident on the English language radar;
    Le Vélo de Ghislain Lambert (film) about a 'little cyclist' experiences in the pro peloton of a typical 70s Belgo-French team and Mannen Tegen Merckx by Johny Vansevenant.

    The latter is a superlative volume of interviews with 30 Flemish (and some Dutch) riders who rode with or against Eddy from his earliest years to his last race.
    It's a fun and often touching read because the writer is a well respected, old school political journalist who knows how to interview and get a story from riders who are often quite forgotten today. For every witness, the section closes with Eddy's personal comments on the career of the interviewee. It also has a wealth of rare photos.

    It's unlikely it will ever see an English translation and I see it's even no longer in print in Flemish neither but it holds a central spot on my bookshelves!
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    Chris Boardman - The Final Hour

    Eat one live toad first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you all day.

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    I would add Icarus and Slaying the Badger

    Also these two Lachlan Morton films



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    The Yellow Jersey, Ralph Hurne. Interestingly, this book was supposed to be made into a film with Dustin Hoffman as the lead and then ten years later with Tom Cruise. Alas, it never happened. But after thirty years...it's time for me to re-read.

    https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Jersey.../dp/1558214526
     

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    A Dog in a Hat
    https://www.amazon.com/Dog-Hat-Ameri.../dp/1934030260

    I'm due for a reread.
     

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    Adding Vive Le Tour from Louis Malle; the cycling movies of all cycling movies. Parts of 'Le Velo the Ghislaine Lambert' (great movie!) were reenactments of scenes from Vive le Tour. A must see.
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    A new one, but I thoroughly enjoyed "Higher Calling: Cycling's Obsession with Mountains" by Max Leonard.

    It'll make you want to sell off whatever isn't nailed down and go spend the next season passhunting in France and Italy...
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    Cinema:

    The Triplets of Belleville (France, animated)

    The Bicycle Thief (Italy, late '40s)

    Beijing Bicycle (banned in China, 2001ish)

    Pure Sweet Hell (2006ish, cyclocross mockumentary, Brian Vernor)

    Book:

    Bicycle Diaries (David Byrne- yes, That David Byrne)
     

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    The Bicycle Thief is a good film, and one that makes you appreciate how different things are for those of us on this forum compared to post-war Italy.

    Books: Fignon autobiography, Paul Kimmage-Rough Ride. Then there's the whole realm of Lance-related books - his own, Daniel Coyle's, Tyler Hamilton's, etc. Inside the Postal Bus is actually not too bad and not too-Lance-focused.

    Back to movies: Breaking Away is a classic.
     

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    Domestique - by Charly Wegelius

    Endure - by Alex Hutchinson, not just cycling but about the limits of human performance
     

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    Maynard Hershon's book Half Wheel Hell.
     

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    Due to work commitments the past 5+ years I’ve been quite absent from this sort of thing but early on I was a huge fan of Rouleur magazine. These are often full of really interesting cycling related articles, some of which I found really memorable.

    Because I’ve been so out of touch I don’t know if this is still being produced, but it was certainly a great publication a few years ago and may still be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9tubes View Post
    Maynard Hershon's book Half Wheel Hell.
    Beat me to it. All of Hershon's books, actually. Could teach the current crop of hammerheads a bit.
     

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    . French Canadian with subtitles, and more about cycling as a metaphor for life, love, and the other thing, whatever that is.

    And the movies is super cheesy, but the scene reminded me of riding in rural Ontario as a kid when I'd regularly get chased by the same farm dog at the same point every ride, so, American Flyers. Why not? Plus, all Russians have huge beards all the time....

    EDIT: not sure why the hotlinks are coming up with the actual videos instead of clickables, but, whatever.
     

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