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A behind-the-scenes look at America's top bicycle race, the Tour DuPont, discusses the importance of teamwork, the stages of the race, equipment, riding tactics, and maintenance
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Grade 3-6?Using the 1994 Tour Du Pont (held in the eastern United States) as an example, Hautzig describes a professional-cycling stage race. He explains the teamwork; strategy; and stages (time trials, flat, and mountain stages) involved in this type of event, with special terms highlighted in yellow in the text. Although it's hard to spot some of the riders mentioned in the captions, the photographer utilizes a variety of angles and perspectives to convey the speed, strategy, and struggle of the cyclists as they cover various types of terrain and try to win (or help their leader win) the race. The support crews who provide food and mechanical and medical help are also included. The full-color photos are sharp and crisp, with understandable blurring when the pace warrants it. They are, however, surprisingly clean?they show consistently clear and sunny weather with no hint of the crashes and injuries that can occur. Although not a history of the sport or its personalities, nor an in-depth look at life on the professional racing circuit, this book will help spectators understand just what goes on in this type of race. A brief list for further reading mentions books and magazines that can update readers on current events. A map shows the locations of the Tour Du Pont races, although some colors on the legend do not match those on the map itself.?Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 3-6. Full-color photographs appear on every page of this introduction to the Tour DuPont bicycle race, which is likened to the Tour de France. In a 12-day race through Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, teams of professional bicyclists, sponsored by corporations, compete for the prizes and the satisfaction of winning--or at least of finishing the race. Hautzig explains the terminology and strategy of bicycle racing, and the crisp, vibrant photos depict the action on the road and behind the scenes, where trainers, directors, and mechanics support their teams. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Orchard Books, 1995. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0531087468
Book Description Orchard Books, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0531087468