For the Bookworm, Part 1:

Mud, Snow and Cyclocross by Molly Hurford

Mud, Snow and Cyclocross by Molly Hurford

Mud, Snow and Cyclocross

There aren’t too many books out there on cyclocross, so we’re excited that one of our own editors took on the task of writing one this year. Mud, Snow and Cyclocross: How ’Cross Took Over US Cycling is a great stocking stuffer for that family member who doesn’t understand why you come home muddy every weekend, the roommate who thinks you must be crazy, or just the cyclocross fan down the block that comes out to cheer for you at the races.

Available here.

MSRP: $19.95

Go behind the scenes in Euro 'cross.

Go behind the scenes in Euro ‘cross.

Behind the Stare by Geoff Proctor

From the same publishers who brought you Mud, Snow and Cyclocross: How ‘Cross Took Over US Cycling comes a book about the other side of the pond. Focusing on his experiences in Euro cyclocross, particularly with his well-known junior development camp, EuroCrossCamp, Geoff Proctor talks about what life behind the scenes is like. And he’s seen it from all possible angles: “I’ve not only been a fan, but also a competitor, a U.S. team coach, a manager, a technical director, a promoter, an official, and—now—a member of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Cyclocross Commission, a multi-national panel that oversees the development of the sport.” A great read for a personal look into the inner workings of the sport from someone who is obviously in love with it.

MSRP: $19.95

Website: deedspublishing.com or available in paperback or on the Kindle at Amazon

Part 2 of “For the Bookworm” will be in Part 2 of the Gift Guide and will look at a new photo book of some great ’cross images, as well as Bill Schieken of CXHairs How-To manual for ’crossers.