A reading challenge for cyclists

The long days of summer are over, it is now, as we settle in to autumn, that I like to start reading again.  I’ve been inspired by some of the reading challenges to be found on the internet, and have put together – A Reading Challenge for Cyclists

I started the challenge earlier in the year, choosing to read a few cycling themed / related books.  I will pick up the list again, and see if I can complete my 20 book challenge by next spring.  Here is how it is going so far…

A Reading Challenge for Cyclists.

  1. Read a book set in Europe                                                                                          Mountain High by Daniel Frieze and Pete Goding, although I have to confess more looking at pictures than reading.
  2. Read a book you can finish in a day                                                                                    The Rider by Tim Krabbe
  3. Read a book written by a comedian                                                                                    I’ve recently finished reading Geronimo by Tim Moore, Tim isn’t officially a comedian, but the book did make me laugh a lot.
  4. Read a book with a blue cover                                                                                                Sat on my bookshelf is the Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair by Park Tools, I don’t promise to read it by spring!
  5. Read an autobiography                                                                                                    Hunger by Sean Kelly
  6. Read a book about a road trip
  7. Read a book that takes place on an island
  8. Read a book with a number in the title
  9. Read a book with a beautiful cover
  10. Read a book to feed your wanderlust
  11. Read a book with food in the title                                                                                       The Grand Tour Cookbook by Hannah Grant – this book does not strictly meet the   challenge, but it’s a good read, as well as a good cookbook.
  12. Read a classic                                                                                                                                It’s a Rough Ride by Paul Kimmage 
  13. Read a book you own but haven’t read                                                                               See number 4.
  14. Read a book that has been made into a movie
  15. Read a book based on a true story
  16. Read a book that is more than 10 years old
  17. Read a book that will make you smarter                                                                                 I think all books make you a little smarter, however for this challenge I read Manners by Kate Spade.
  18. Read a book originally written in another language
  19. Read a  self improvement book                                                                                                The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, I did infact find this book life changing see Kiss and Fly, I still have a tidy home!
  20. Read a book set somewhere you want to visit

I still  have quite a lot of reading to do before I complete the challenge. You can download the challenge above, and if you need inspiration visit Cycling Weekly for the greatest 50 cycling books of all time.

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13 thoughts on “A reading challenge for cyclists

  1. Of course The Rider by Tim Krabbe also qualifies for #18. Some would say it’s also a classic and could fulfill the criteria for #12 as well, but I have to admit, after all the hype around it, I found it distinctly “meh”

    (I know, I’m a cyclist and not allowed to admit that. Will someone come along, strip me of my cleats and snap my mini pump in half now?)

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    1. You are a brave man – I understand that The Rider is read with a different perspective if you’ve ever raced? I’ve never raced, just a few sportives, and won’t be breaking your mini pump.

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  2. My only contribution to this list could possibly be for #15 🙂 ‘It’s not about the bike’ by Lance Armstrong. I found it while rummaging at a Good Sammy’s. Bought it for $5. Then a week later news broke of his doping. I’ll be honest and say that I was crushed after hearing the news. I still don’t believe it I think!

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