Tag: book

Mark Cavendish book signing

Mark Cavendish will appear at Helen’s Cycles in Santa Monica on Monday, May 24th at 6 p.m. to meet fans and autograph his autobiography, Boy Racer.

Mark Cavendish holds his book Boy Racer

“You should read my book,” Cavendish told the assembled media after his Stage 1 win in the 2010 Amgen Tour of California in Sacramento last Sunday. “It’s a good book.”

I’m a little halfway through Boy Racer and I agree, it’s pretty good. The writing is breezy and conversational and open, though it’s a little awkward reading about his undying love for “Lissie” and her family knowing that he’s broken up with the girl next door and is now seen with the leggy Italian-Paraguayan beauty queen Fiorella Migliore.

Contest: Win a Bike Snob NYC book

I interviewed Bike Snob NYC a little while back, and this interview will appear in the May issue of a bike magazine (which, as of this writing, is not yet available, which is probably my fault since I’m the one who heartlessly made the editor stay up late with a bad head cold because I was late with my draft, but maybe this weekend so stay sharp). I’ll tell you that I found Mr Weiss’s voice to be only a little adenoidal.

So here’s a little scavenger hunt for you. The first to correctly answer both questions correctly wins the prize!

South Africa bicycle culture

Whenever they can, together or separately, cycling photographers Stan Engelbrecht (Cape Town, South Africa) and Nic Grobler (Johannesburg, South Africa) look for people who use bicycles as part of their everyday work and transportation for their Bicycle Portraits project.

They’re finding out who rides bicycles, why they ride bicycles, if and why they love their bicycles, and of course why so few South Africans choose bicycles as a transport option.

Engelbrecht and Grobler plan to publish a full cover hardcover book of their cyclist photos, but for now you can view their photos and interviews at their Bicycle Portraits website. Click through on the photos to read the stories behind the people and their bikes, like Hendrik Moikanyang’s:

I use the bicycle for transport. I’ve been cycling for 4 years, this bike I bought from Linden cycles. The one I had before was a road bike as well, but it was a bit heavy. I’m traveling from Parkwood to Soweto, takes an hour an 30 minutes. The road is pretty good but the people sometimes bump you unnecessarily.

Learn how you can help with the South Africa Bicycle Portraits project at Kickstarter.com.