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Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists von [Hutchinson, Michael]
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if you want to know how to turn yourself into a Merckx or a Froome, read Faster Guardian Fascinating, convincing and witty Outdoor Fitness A revelatory examination of what makes athletes tick Independent It's an amusing, informative and hugely satisfying read that's genuinely difficult to tear yourself away from. Cycling Weekly Well researched and delivered perfectly; definitely one for thepermanent collection. For anyone with akeen interest in time trialling or an obsession with speed this book is amust-read.


For professional cyclists, going faster and winning are, of course, closely related. Yet surprisingly, for many, a desire to go faster is much more important than a desire to win. Someone who wants to go faster will work at the details and take small steps rather than focusing on winning. Winning just happens when you do everything right – it's the doing everything right that's hard. And that's what fascinates and obsesses Michael Hutchinson.

With his usual deadpan delivery and an awareness that it's all mildly preposterous, Hutchinson looks at the things that make you faster – training, nutrition, the right psychology – and explains how they work, and how what we know about them changes all the time. He looks at the things that make you slower, and why, and how attempts to avoid them can result in serious athletes gradually painting themselves into the most peculiar life-style corners.

Faster is a book about why cyclists do what they do, about what the riders, their coaches and the boffins get up to behind the scenes, and about why the whole idea of going faster is such an appealing, universal instinct for all of us.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 737 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 225 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Sport; Auflage: 1 (27. März 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating & funny book for everyone from a potential Tour winner to a lowly club rider 24. April 2014
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I originally thought that this book was just another cycling training guide that would lead the reader through various workouts and drills to get faster. But it's not, and for that I am grateful.

Instead, Faster is a fantastic exploration of the many techniques used throughout the years to help top-level cyclists gain critical seconds and an explanation of the scientific reasoning behind them, as well as an explanation of what works and what doesn't.

Unlike a normal training book, Faster repeatedly points out that the methods described probably won't be of much use to amateur cyclists, since many of the methods are effective for elite level athletes only and even then yield very small gains. That still didn't stop me from being engrossed in the descriptions Michael offers of beet juice, ice baths, altitude tents and dietary supplements, among other things. These are all discussed in very informal language with only glimpses of the complex science underlying them. And each chapter is interspersed with descriptions of Michael's own impressive pro cycling career and what he attempted and where he failed, but filled with self-deprecating humor and modest descriptions of Michael's phenomenal speed.

One might think that a book discussing VO2 max ratios and the different muscle fiber types, as well as wind yaw as it relates to wind tunnel testing would be unbelievably dry, but Hutchinson writes with a very easy-going style and manages to include quite a few humorous quotes and examples of the famous British dry wit. Some of my favorite quotes include:

"It's a waste of time drinking organic cherry juice if you're using it to wash down a Big Mac"

"I wrote my first book because of the sitting about. I thought it was either that or learn the guitar, and I thought the book would annoy people less"

"For years there was an unkind rumor that at my first national squad lab assessment, after I'd done the sprint test the coach said 'Yes, just like that, but actually sprint this time'"

"Pig racing happens in several US states, generally in areas where the audience hasn't been tempted away by subsidized opera"

So even though the ideas presented in this book probably won't make the average amateur rider any faster, it's still a very interesting read and gives a glimpse of the lengths that professional riders will go to achieve marginal gains. I would highly recommend to anyone who's a cycling fan or any cyclist who has ever wondered just what it would take to make themselves into the next Bradley Wiggins or Chris Froome.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best sports training and coaching reads ever. 9. Juli 2014
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As an age group athlete with a background of getting somewhat close to sports achievements worth writing about when I was younger, I find much to recognize in this book. Michael uses lots of dry humor to describe his own journey while all the while providing great insight into the latest developments. The book is about cyclists, but the knowledge can easily be applied to any endurance sport. I'd highly recommend it to any coach, or an athlete looked for a really good read while lying on the couch recovering (and enough recovery is one of the main points of the book).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read 11. Mai 2014
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The worst part about the book is getting to the end. It is good to read more about a talented athlete doing all he can to go faster. I have often pondered some of these concepts myself so it is great to read about someone who went beyond just pondering.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Top Read. 11. Juli 2014
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Well researched book from a writer/athlete who writes about sports science with a real passion and flair. The author is an ex-athlete who has raced at the highest level against the likes of Bradley Wiggins. Extremely insightful.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Obsession 23. Oktober 2014
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Obsession should replace speed in the title. In this very readable book covering Michael's cycling career it is clear that he and his elite cycling friends are obsessed. Often almost comic, like when he contacted his doctor about breaking his collar bone in an effort to have more aerodynamic shoulders. No he didn't do it but he did ask!
Lots of science, lots of great inside info on the sport and many interesting anecdotes.
IF you are an intellectual fan of cycling (and fancy yourself a rider of any sort) I recommend this book. Has a great start, a little slow in the middle with a great sprint in the end.
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