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    Bespoke: A Guide to Cycle-Speak and Saddle Slang

    Bespoke presents 175 of the most lyrical, humorous and down-right vulgar terms complete with detailed usage and origin notes, with entries fully cross-referenced across cycling’s main languages and destinations. The book features some 30 commissioned artworks from famed cycling illustrator Neil Stevens (of Crayonfire fame).

    Some sports lend themselves to language: cycling is one of them. With its rich history and culture, and its professional roots across the continent and beyond, cycling has developed a terminology that goes well beyond borders, producing a lexicon all of its own.

    This book guides the reader through a land where the road to hell is paved not with good intentions, but with cobbles. This is a place where all the world is a stage, unless you are a one-day specialist. Where its inhabitants come with a litany of arresting nicknames – Badgers, Cannibals, Eagles, Pirates –each with a wonderful story of their own.

    Lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned artworks by acclaimed cycling illustrator Neil Stevens and historical photography from both the British Library collections and L’Équipe, this is a book that takes the reader from the tête de la course to the gruppetto, from the caravane following the race to the tifosi cheering on the mountainside. Insightful and irreverent, Bespoke is the book for anyone who wants to be able to speak cycling.


    Publication date: 03/05/21

    Author: Tom Bromley

    Brand: British Library Publishing

    Number of pages: 192 pages, with 70+ colour illustrations

    Binding: Hardback

    Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm