For the Bookworms
Skills, Drills & Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer
From CXHairs, Skills, Drills and Bellyaches teaches the techniques and skills that all racers, from beginner to elite, should learn and apply to become a better cyclocross racer. It covers basics, such as what to wear and how to get back on your bike after carrying it over an obstacle, as well as more nuanced starting techniques and how to mentally prepare for your race.
This book serves as a solid primer for new racers, as well as a means for experienced riders to hone their craft. If you master the skills and techniques covered here, you can go into the cyclocross season with the same fitness you had last year, yet achieve better results. It even has a guest appearance from Jeremy Powers.
Cyclocross 2012/2013: Photos by Balint Hamvas
After wrapping up another spectacular cyclocross season, cycling photographer Balint Hamvas gathered all his best pictures of the 2012/2013 cyclocross season in a new book. The most beautiful, interesting, fetching and eye-catching shots of the biggest races of the season will be brought together on 220 pages, with full-colour pictures on high quality paper in a hard-cover edition.
The book features all eight legs of the World Cup as well as all Superprestige and GVA trophy races, plus Scheldecross, Druivencross and the historical World Championships in the United States, in Louisville, KY.
More info here.
Endure: Ballet in the Mud
Endure: Ballet in the Mud, features selected photos from a new book to be published in November 2013 by Wisconsin Bike Fed. The book features more than 300 photographs taken by four Wisconsin-based photographers—Peter DiAntoni, Darren Hauck, Jeffrey Phelps and Dave Schlabowske—at the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in January in Verona, Wis. Nationally-known cycling writer and Green Bay native, Gary Boulanger, served as the book’s author.
Note: A portion of book sale proceeds will benefit Wisconsin Bike Fed, the nation’s largest, statewide bicycle organization that strives to make bicycling convenient, safe, accessible and fun. Endure photographers will be on hand to autograph copies of the book at the Nov. 7 opening reception. The book went on sale at selected outlets starting in November. Check the Wisconsin Bike Fed website for book sale updates.
More info here.
Jeremy Powers Cross Camp
What better way to tell your loved one that “I believe you can win Nationals” than by giving him or her a copy of the former National Champion’s Cross Camp DVD? In the DVD, Jeremy Powers reveals some of his most important tips and tricks for having the perfect season, from food to travel to race prep to, well, the race. It’s not a substitute for the hands-on learning and coaching of a clinic, but it’s a fine supplement to flatten any racer’s learning curve.
More info here, or you can even rent it or buy it in HD online on Amazon.