Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke is a Welsh-born cyclist and winner of the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, becoming the first Briton to take home cycling gold. She began cycling competitively at age 11 and secured her first international success in 2000 by winning the Junior World Road Race. The following year, she won the Junior World Championships in the Road Race, Time Trial, and Mountain Bike categories. Cooke turned professional in 2002, later winning the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France Feminine stage races, as well as the World Cup Series (twice).

Cycle for Life

Bike and Body Health and Maintenance

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The essential guide to bike maintenance and cycling fitness, written by Beijing Olympic gold medalist Nicole Cooke.

A comprehensive guide to cycling, Cycle for Life includes bike and gear basics, body fitness, nutrition and health, and training programs for many levels and styles of cycling. More than just a sport, cycling is also a green mode of transport and a social recreational activity that is converting hundreds of new devotees every year. As cities and cycling clubs work together to build new bike lanes, paths, and routes, cycling is becoming safer and more fun.

Author and professional cyclist Nicole Cooke is a cycling star whose recent gold-winning triumph in the Beijing Olympics earned her an even greater fan base. She is passionate about her sport, and that love of cycling is evident in Cycle for Life.

The book is divided into four main sections: Bike Basics, which includes bike, gear, maintenance, and riding skills; Body Basics, which includes stretching, fitness, cross-training, and nutrition and health; Challenge Yourself, which includes commuting, touring, events, and racing; and Bike Knowledge, which includes information and resources for cyclists who want to take their commitment to the next level.

Cycle for Life is written to supply even the novice cyclist with information to bike with greater confidence. The book also has plenty of information for intermediate cyclists, whom Nicole calls “improvers.” With “52 Reasons to Ride” and its readable text, Cycle for Life is sure to inspire new fans and remind current cycling enthusiasts of the many reasons why they love their sport.

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