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For professional cyclists, going faster and winning are, of course, closely related. Yet surprisingly, for many, a desire to go faster is much more important than a desire to win. Someone who wants to go faster will work at the details and take small steps rather than focusing on winning. Winning just happens when you do everything right-it's the doing everything right thaFor professional cyclists, going faster and winning are, of course, closely related. Yet surprisingly, for many, a desire to go faster is much more important than a desire to win. Someone who wants to go faster will work at the details and take small steps rather than focusing on winning. Winning just happens when you do everything right-it's the doing everything right that's hard. And that's what fascinates and obsesses Michael Hutchinson.With his usual deadpan delivery and an awareness that it's all mildly preposterous, Hutchinson looks at the things that make you faster-training, nutrition, the right psychology-and explains how they work, and how what we know about them changes all the time. He looks at the things that make you slower, and why, and how attempts to avoid them can result in serious athletes gradually painting themselves into the most peculiar life-style corners.Faster is a book about why cyclists do what they do, about what the riders, their coaches and the boffins get up to behind the scenes, and about why the whole idea of going faster is such an appealing, universal instinct for all of us....

Title : Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists
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ISBN : 9781408843758
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists Reviews

  • David Miller
    2019-03-27 02:07

    Without going into too much detail about the book itself (partly because I don't think most non - cyclists would find this interesting , and largely because I'm writing this on my phone) I think this is a great opportunity to explain my kind of new - rating system. I used to reserve 5 stars for books that I think would be enjoyed by anyone , regardless of particular interest in the subject or genre (for instance 'Ender's game' for someone who doesn't usually like science fiction). My new '5 star review' criteria is if someone asked me to recommend a single book to them for a first foray into a particular genre, would this be the book (or one of the books) ? Cycling , training and physiology are all subjects I have extensive personal and professional experience in and have read a decent amount about, and I would recommend this book without hesitation if someone asked me for an excellent introduction into the obsessive world of elite cycling.

  • Ivor Kovic
    2019-04-02 05:11

    Michael Hutchinson has achieved so much in cycling without actually reaching that very pinnacle of sport. Without actually becoming a winning pot. But he has achieved all of his successes clean and against the odds. He shares his vast insights gained by hard work, trial and error. His love of cycling is enormous and pure. A must read for anyone remotely interested in cycling.

  • Trev
    2019-04-24 07:19

    Sma

  • Dave Maminski
    2019-04-23 06:14

    Faster: The ObsessionA good read that world class cyclist gives real world examples of how professional cycling has evolved for better or worse.

  • Lucas Zileri
    2019-04-03 01:26

    Why are some cyclists super-fast? Why are some cyclists faster than super-fast? And, is there something we can do to be like them? This are the three questions that the author sets out to answer.For achieving this he goes from explaing physiology (and making me, finally, understand what VO2 Max exactly means) to aerodynamism. In between he also talks about food and psychology (specially enjoyed this chapter) and genetics and training.The book is somewhere between a training guide and a compilation of crazy things that fast people do when they want to be faster. Some stuff will serve well the weekend warriors, most of it will be too expensive or time-consuming (except if you're the type of weekend warrior that's also a billionaire and that's willing to spend the extra thousand to gain 10 seconds next time you go for a 200k).With that in consideration, this is a good book for cyclists, other endurance athletes or people that are just curious about this oxygen-lacking, lactate-accumulating cosmos. Sometimes informative, sometimes just brow-lifting. Always witty.

  • Jose Mari
    2019-04-17 02:11

    Shares a lot of insights on the art of making an elite cyclist - genetics, psychology, hard work. It gave a narrative of the development of cycling from its primitive methods to its current day sophistication with the use of technology. For some reason, i just like pg 29

  • Raghab Nepal
    2019-04-14 06:06

    Good book...I loved the way he starts the book with altitude tent. It does get technical but Michael tries to infuse humour at right intervals (pun intended). There are no shortcuts, hardwork and right amount (a lot!) of obsession is what you need.

  • Ned
    2019-04-12 23:20

    Interesting for any cyclist who asks "why"Why that training plan? Why this diet and hydration? Why go long and slow? why, why, why? The answers in here from a curious world class cyclist with a clear and witty manner of writing.

  • Stephen Huntley
    2019-04-04 23:18

    Witty, informative and full of fascinating insights from inside the odd world of elite sport. The author has a very engaging style; honest, self deprecating and with a good knack of simplifying potentially complicated things. A book any sports fan would enjoy.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-18 01:11

    Very interesting reading for anyone interested in the pursuit of high performance cycling. Well written, informative but easy to understand and told from the viewpoint of an author heavily involved in the top levels of the sport.

  • Kevin Metcalfe
    2019-04-24 04:24

    Very interesting look at what it takes to be a world class cyclist.

  • Ciarán
    2019-04-19 07:08

    Interesting read into how the pros try to make gains in the sport

  • Tamara Del Toro
    2019-04-04 07:09

    Very good book, easy and catching. Even if you are not particularly interested in cycling you'll find that this book opens a window to a fascinating world you never expected you'd like.

  • David Hilton
    2019-04-08 06:25

    A fun glimpse into the professional cycling world. I'm just left wanting more.

  • Eliot
    2019-04-17 05:06

    Captivating, easy, and entertaining look into cycling as well as professional athletics in general. Great read for anyone that practices and/or appreciates sports.

  • Maultby
    2019-04-25 04:23

    very entertaining, very informative, highly enjoyable and fascinating insight into the madness of elite sports people.

  • Cameron
    2019-04-23 03:20

    insight full

  • Carol
    2019-04-22 06:03

    I read it, enjoyed it, but I am not sure what made it special. There isn't an easy quick answer to getting faster on the bike, other than being diligent about doing your homework.