9780964524309: NO BRAKES! Bicycle Track Racing in the United States
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Everything you could want to know about racing bicycles on the velodrome. Track events and behind-the-scenes are discussed by Champions and experts in each specialty. Special section on Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein. Lists velodromes of the U.S. and velodromes of the world. All original photos you will not see anywhere else. The best reference book available on bicycle track racing on the velodrome, including history and charts of events and champions.

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Track information and interviews in the present edition are classic and incredibly valuable to anyone who wants to understand bicycle racing on the velodrome. The photos (300+) are classic and valuable. Velodromes (locations, activities) change every year. I always hear from new converts to the sport: This is the most exciting thing I've ever seen! Publishing of NO BRAKES! Bicycle Track Racing in the United States; a survey of velodrome racing events and locations in the U.S. (304 photos, 1996) was essential. Newest Champion rider biography: RAINBOW QUEST: The Adventurous Life of Audrey McElmury, America's First World Road Cycling Champion (2016), plus, HANDSLING: The Sequel to Breaking Away (2016). Handsling and Rainbow Quest are available on Kindle and will soon be available on audiobook.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine and authentic representation of track racing. By A Customer on June 4, 1998 Format: Paperback I have rarely felt compelled to thank an author but I really appreciate the efforts of Sutherland. This text is brilliant because not only do I come away with an understanding of the events and their intricacies (strategy, specific training), but also the dynamics of the individuals in each event. Sutherland explains the events and the rules and then gives us a flavor of the range of personalities that we may encounter at the track. Sutherland has brought together present and past champions and given us an indepth and revealing look into the competitors and why they are competitors. She does this by interviewing the personalities and then using their exact words. After I read the interview with Whitehead I am ready to go out and ride against sone of the nastiest guys that ever rode in the U.S. (Whitehead I'm ready for you!!). Simply put, thanks Sandra for the compelling read and the amazing photos that accompany the text. My only question is when's the next book? --Amazon review

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book By A Customer on April 2, 1999 Format: Paperback If you are cycling nut like I am, this book is a must read. I'm 63 and only race track on Friday nights in the Stock Bike races so you can't class me as a racer and even so I got a lot from this book. The interviews with the different racers were very enlightening. Cycling is such a technical sport that you can't become proficiant without help from others and this is what this book provides. Knowing what motivates people and how they ride, what gears they use can add more to your own abilities. I've met and talked to three of the people mentioned in the book namely Greg Lemond, Rebecca Twig and Eddy Borysewicz all great people and a benefit to cycling. I also rode with Mary Jane Reoch and never new about her accomlishments until reading the Statistics and Results in the back of the book. --Amazon review

5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Track racing in the U.S By KB on March 20, 2013 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase Sandy, pour her heart and soul in to this book. I remember seeing her at all the big track races researching the book, interviewing riders, and taking tons of pictures. I was there at the track when she released the book and we all bought our own copies. I just purchased another one, as my original has been lost in all the moves I have made through the years. This book gives the read insight into the dynamic world of track racing and all of it's nuances. I particularly like the photographs that capture the riders at their best and worst moments. I say the worst because there's a picture in the book of Janie Eikoff, running over my head at the national track championships in Indianapolis. Although, I retired from track racing after shortly after the 1996 Olympic Trails, I will always have a passion for the sport and I am grateful to Sandy for her devotion to the sport and her efforts in producing this book to share the passion with others. It's important to know where we came from in order to know where we are going. --Amazon review

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