Books for the Road
I can’t speak for the men’s peleton when I say this, but a lot of reading gets done around bike races. My first month in Europe with the national team last year, most of the riders brought a book. By the time we went home, everyone had read all the books we collectively brought to Europe.
But not all books make good “on the road books.” The Road, for instance – not a good book to read on the road. Depressing is not the way you want to go the night before a bike race. Here’s my criteria:
(1) Must be easy to read
(2) Must be entertaining
(3) Must make you want to kick ass
And here’s some books I’d recommend (in addition to all Michael Crichton) :
Surviving the Extremes – reminded me that there are things that can kill you, bike racing isn’t one of them. HTFU.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Ass kicking, intriguing mystery.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – Read this during southeast crit. series & you’ll get a better feel for the south. Less action than the above two, but still a good read.
Generation Kill – Recommended to me by a friend who is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Sacrifice, tactics, teamwork – it’s all here. Great writing to boot.
One Bullet Away – Nothing better to prepare you for a fake battle than stories about a real one. I’m telling you, this author is good.
The Hunger Games – Cons: you’ll stay up all night reading it. Pros: strong female lead who kills and survives, just like you’ll be doing tomorrow.
The Glass Castle – Less kick ass and more entertainment. Chicks, you won’t be able to put it down. Passes the time like no other!
The Monster of Florence – Non-fiction, adventure about a real serial killer in Florence.
I’m always looking for good books, so send your recommendations my way and put “Book Rec” in the subject line: JACrowell88@gmail.com