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Hearts of Lions

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Recounts the development of bicycle racing in the U.S., explains why its popularity faded, and includes profiles of major American cyclists of the past.
Published January 24th 1990 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 1st 1988)
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Oct 30, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it
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I have been an avid road cyclist for 37 years. On a recent ride, a driver in a car behind me skidded, lost control, and crashed into me. I was thrown into a ditch. Amazingly, I didn't suffer a concussion (wear helmets!), break a bone, or suffer an internal injury. However, I was badly cut, suffered major abrasions, and many deep bruises.

I share this because one of my good friends and cycling buddies gave me this book to read as I mended. Seeing the title, I knew the message was, "Get back on the
Dec 31, 2009 Deb rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book. I learned a lot about the history of cycling and about some real athletes. I was lucky enough to meet the granddaughter of Major with in a few months of reading this book about 15 years ago. I think that anyone would enjoy this book, cyclist or not, athlete or not. Cycling was a huge part of our nation's past and very few people even know that cycling was once THE sport. This book is a very well written biography of a really worthy athletic hero.
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Sep 25, 2007 Michael W. rated it it was amazing
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An amazing history of American bicycle racing from before the turn of the century up to the dawn of the big American presence on the European racing scene in the mid 1980s.
The descriptions of the incredible athletes and personalities of the sport from Major Taylor to Davis Phinney and Greg LeMond make this book a must for any bicycle racing fan.
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Jan 09, 2016 Robert St cyr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the first books I ever read on the history of bicycle racing in the US. It fostered a love an interest in bicycle history that has only grown deeper with the passing of time. Little did I know that decades later I would have the privilege of handling and viewing many of the bicycles and ephemera featured in this book from the US bicycling Hall of Fame.
Mar 26, 2008 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Well-researched and totally interesting. Published in 1988, you'll never see the words "Lance Armstrong" on any of the pages.
I think this has been out of print for a while but it's not hard to come by. Found my copy through an Amazon seller a couple years ago for 5 bucks.
May 22, 2010 Rob rated it liked it
Shelves: cycling
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