Sometimes, you just need to read something and see it with your own eyes. If books on cycling is what you’re craving, the Thomasville Public Library may alleviate that fix.  Although not all encompassing, the bookshelves at the Thomasville branch do host a number of appetite whetting titles- some a bit dated, and others fairly useful.  Focus is heavy on both mountain biking and touring as well as racing- 1 title seems fairly well rounded.  But I’d like to start with the Georgia-centric ones:

Georgia Biking Titles

  • 25 Bicycle Tours in Coastal Georgia & the Carolina Low Country by Jane G. Kahn and Buddy Kahn(Pines)– These step-by-step directions and accompanying b&w maps will get you around some of the more scenic areas around Georgia and South Carolina; the authors also touch a bit on local history, sun issues, paths and road conditions as they list routes ranging from 6.7-61.4 miles
  • Best Bike Rides in the South by Elizabeth and Charles Skinner (Pines)-Maps and step-by-steps for Alabama (3), Florida (9), Mississippi (4), Tennessee (5), the Carolinas (13), Virginia (5), and Georgia (7)

Mountain Biking Titles

Touring/General Bike Title

  • The Essential Touring Cyclist by Richard A. Lovett (Pines)– Biking basics (there’s a theme), training ideas to warm up for mileage, equipment and clothing tips, camping info, what it’s like to be on the road, and bike repair 101

Racing Bike Titles

  • Greg LeMond’s Complete Book of Cycling by Greg LeMond and Kent Gordis (Pines)– LeMond’s take on cycling 101-401: includes your basics in addition to racing diets, training regimens, and a bit of history
  • Bicycle Road Racing by Edward Borysewicz (Pines)– This ’80-’84 US Olympic Cycling Coach’s book is all about the yearly training plan and gets into time trials and team time trials as well as your traditional road race
  • Bicycling Magazine’s Complete Guide to Riding and Racing by Fred Matheny (Pines)– It’s the 1989 edition and again covers everything form bike fitting, to special riding techniques, to night-riding, and training exercises (including weight lifting and diets)
From your RCC web guy,
Marc Santos