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Horner's anecdotes make "Reading the Race" a worthwhile read for those whose primary interest is the European pro peloton, but really the book isn't aimed at the armchair rider, it's a practical manual for those who want to learn the tricks of the trade. Podium Cafe

The descriptions of specific group tactics, such as pacelines, echelon riding and the like, are clearly illustrated and annotated. If you have any doubts as to how any are to be implemented in real life, these leave no doubt as to how each ought to be successfuly accomplished. The Washing Machine Post

In the "Reading the Race", [Horner and Smith have] outlined the key mechanics of reading a race and more importantly, how to win. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up for a sprint, it s all there. Road Bike Review"


Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if you're in it to win it, you need race smarts.
Jamie Smith and Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in strategies and tactics. From the basics of cornering, climbing, and descending to the subtle art of finding the fast line through the final corner, "Reading the Race" will elevate your cycling IQ.
Setting up a slingshot attack, blocking from the front, managing a lapped field, gapping a wheelsucker out of a breakaway, assembling a winning team--every page reveals new secrets to moving forward in the peloton and putting time into your rivals.
Whether you're a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, you'll find new insight and the keys to victory in "Reading the Race."
Thirty years of criterium racing have given race announcer and coach Jamie Smith a rare ability to see, describe, and critique the tactics in the American peloton. This book is his way of paying it back.
Three-time NRC champion and Vuelta winner Chris Horner began his dominating pro career in 1995. His photographic memory has cemented his reputation as one of the smartest road captains in the sport.

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HASH(0x8e4e3cd8) von 5 Sternen if you race bicycles on the road, this is the manual 16. Oktober 2013
Von Scott Braden - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been racing off and on since the 1980's and I have read almost every book written in English about the tactics and techniques of the sport. This is one of the best, and for the typical American amateur racer, the best manual about "how to race bikes".

The author covered just about everything, and did it well with humor and stories. Especially the last few chapters on teams and goals, great reminders about what's really important.

Unequivocal recommendation. Buy it. Read it. Get your teammates to read it. Require any new teammies to read it. Have a test.
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HASH(0x8e4e3f24) von 5 Sternen Don't read this if you are racing against me! 6. November 2013
Von New England Dad - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I love this book, it hits it right on with inside secrets on how to race your bike. If you want to get the jump on your competition and have some usually-only-learned-by-doing insights, pick it up!

The only negative I have is that I expected the contributions by Chris Horner to be larger and more frequent. As it is the ones that are in there are great though.
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HASH(0x8e4e3ee8) von 5 Sternen good suggestions and fun writing 16. Oktober 2013
Von Michael Hopwood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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some experienced racers might find some of the guidance obvious but for someone like me, it is always great to learn more about the thinking aspects of racing and teamwork.

The author's writing style is casual, self deprecating, but sometimes funny. The Chris Horner stories are a great add to make the points - just wish there were more of them.

I really enjoyed reading this book.
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HASH(0x8e4e71f8) von 5 Sternen It's A Winner! 3. Oktober 2013
Von Margie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's a very funny and very useful explanation of cycling tactics. Hard to put it down, I read it in a day. There's humor on every page, yet he always has respect for bike racers.

I've read both of his books and he REALLY knows how cyclists think and behave. Buy this book if you want to be a better racer.
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HASH(0x8e4e7258) von 5 Sternen Fundamentals of Racing, Simply and Enjoyably Explained 6. Juli 2014
Von Doctor Moss - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an informative, well-illustrated, easy to read book on the fundamental skills, tactics, and etiquette of bike racing.

The primary author, Jamie Smith, is an experienced amateur racer and race announcer. The book reflects Smith’s experience in American amateur racing, with its focus on criterium racing.

Smith starts with the fundamental skills — cycling in a paceline, an echelon, or a pack, finding the draft behind and to the side of other riders, cornering, attacking, and contributing to a team. He also covers tactics — when to attack, how to read the intentions and capabilities of other riders, etc. Equally important are tips on what not to do — actions that will anger your opponents or destroy team structure and frustrate team goals. Indispensable stuff.

Chris Horner’s contributions are really separate from the body of the book, set off as inserts or sidebars into the text. Primarily what Horner adds are stories that serve as illustrations of the points being made by Smith. Personally, I would have liked to hear more of Horner’s perspective and guidance, integrated into the structure and main text of the book itself.

If you are a new or relatively inexperienced racer, this could be an especially valuable guide to what you need to do to become a true racing cyclist, and if you are an experienced rider, this will fill the gaps for you and provide some insights you probably haven't gained on your own. If you are like me, your racing days behind you, it’s an enjoyable read, with the self-effacing tone that so many cyclist-writers seem to favor (e.g., racers like Phil Gaimon and cycling culture writers like BSNY/Eben Weiss).
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