Bespoke: A Guide to Cycle-Speak and Saddle Slang


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Bespoke: A Guide to Cycle-Speak and Saddle Slang


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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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Dimensions 130 × 198 mm

Tom Bromley

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Tom Bromley is a published author, editor and ghost (not the scary kind). He has written ten books under his own name and ghostwritten a further nine. Tom's own books are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, with a dabble in crime (the literary variety) under the pseudonym Thomas Black. He also teaches creative writing for, among others, the Faber Academy and works as an editorial consultant and mentor for a number of publishers, literary agencies and organisations. Tom is a keen cyclist and is Chairman of the flourishing Salisbury Literary Festival.



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