Book Review – The Road Book 2021: Fourth Edition

In 2018, a team of dedicated cycling enthusiasts took over the colossal task of delivering an annual publication, seven days after the final race of any given season: a book 900+ pages in length, that takes you on a deep dive into the year's cycling calendar and reflects on the highs and lows of the year's bike racing.

The Road Book is beautifully put together, with care and attention to detail. It includes in-depth race reports, exclusive essays, team profiles, imagery, trivia and infographics to document the events of the past season.

With exclusive first-person accounts from cycling's biggest stars: including Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix winners Tadej Pogacar and female star Lizzie Deignan; as well as contributions from the best cycling writers and journalists—the book is a bible of cycling knowledge and passion.

The 2021 edition, the fourth in the series, is packed with race reports, quirky statistics and infographics from the entire calendar of the men and women's World Tour races, the Olympics, Paralympics and cyclocross.

This year's edition has been edited by cycling enthusiast Ned Boulting:

"Creating the Road Book is a year-long endeavour. Not knowing what shape each season will take, or for what it will ultimately be remembered for is, for me, its great fascination. No two years are alike; and never has this been truer than now. What we are witnessing in road racing across the board is genuinely historic. People will look back on these years with justifiable fascination."

This year's exclusive essays include 'The end is where we start from' – Kit Nicholson's account of Mark Cavendish's return to his triumphant best and a record equalling 34th stage win at the Tour de France. Dan Martin's 'Completing the set' sees the multiple Grand Tour stage winner provide a candid, amusing and honest account of his final Giro d’Italia. Further essays come from Tom Pidcock—the inspiring young Brit, and Daniel Friebe—the well known cycling journalist.

The Road Book is a compelling read, and a must-have for any pro cycling enthusiast.

>> Available to purchase for £50 exclusively through www.theroadbook.co.uk


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