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Bespoke : A Guide to Cycle-Speak and Saddle Slang

Bromley, Tom
Format: Hardback
Publisher: British Library Publishing
Published: April 8, 2021
ISBN: 9780712353656
192 pages, 70+ colour illustrations
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£12.99

Some sports lend themselves to language: cycling is one of them. With its rich history and culture, and its professional roots across the continent and beyond, cycling has developed a terminology that goes well beyond borders, producing a lexicon all of its own. This book guides the reader through a land where the road to hell is paved not with good intentions, but with cobbles.

This is a place where all the world is a stage, unless you are a one-day specialist. Where its inhabitants come with a litany of arresting nicknames – Badgers, Cannibals, Eagles, Pirates -each with a wonderful story of their own. Lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned artworks by acclaimed cycling illustrator Neil Stevens and historical photography from both the British Library collections and L’Equipe, this is a book that takes the reader from the tete de la course to the gruppetto, from the caravane following the race to the tifosi cheering on the mountainside.

Insightful and irreverent, Bespoke is the book for anyone who wants to be able to speak cycling.

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