Book review: Ride a Stage of the Tour de France
Ride a Stage of the Tour de France, by Kristian Bauer
A&C Black, £16.99
IN A NUTSHELL
If watching sweaty men in lycra is your idea of sporting heaven then this is the book for you.
The professional peloton is working its way round the gruelling mountains of the Alps and the Pyrenees in this year's edition of the Tour de France and that always inspires the enthusiastic amateurs to turn their thoughts to emulating their heroes.
While we can't all have the talent of a Bradley Wiggins or Alberto Contador, this fine book will give you all the information you need to strap on your cleats and head for the hills.
Whether its Pyrenean peaks or Alpine ascents there's detailed information here on how to prepare and tackle even the most formidable col, including the most mythical of them all, Mont Ventoux in Provence.
Bauer has ridden every one of these mountains, and gives invaluable advice on routes, difficulty, equipment and even parking for your support vehicle.
Translated from the German, there's the odd grammatical idiosyncracy, but the gorgeous pictures and excellent background information about Le Grand Boucle make this a must-have for serious cycle nuts.