Giles Belbin, Daniel Seex
A Year in the Saddle takes every day of the year and tells a single cycling story from it. Entries recount historic wins and infamous incidents, report groundbreaking inventions and changing rules and routes, and account the births and deaths of some of the greatest cyclists to grace the sport. Day-by-day through the calendar year the history of cycle sport, from road racing to track, is told. From the death of Fausto Coppi, through the dominance of Chris Hoy on the velodrome track, across the highest peaks of the Tour de France and the flats of Flanders, to celebrating the history of the bike itself, such as, the first patent for the folding bike or the back pedal break. The most important, memorable and intriguing moments of cycling are relived. With striking and beautiful illustrations, inspired by the stories told, the 365-day format brings cycling history to life in a new, interesting and stylish way. A Year in the Saddle captures the wide and varied history of this great sport and presents it in a way that is easy to digest yet contemporary, stylish and, most of all, unique.