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Cycling Jerseys

Iconic designs and the stories that made them

Chris Sidwells

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A unique, lavishly presented history of the most iconic item of cycle wear: the jersey

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Cycling jerseys represent many different things. For a cyclist they must be functional. For team sponsors they must stand out, and in doing so they must increase brand awareness. For cycling fans they help pick out their favorites or a race or competition leader. Jerseys show who is a world or a national champion. And in some races, jerseys tell of a competitor’s nationality.

But cycling jerseys have evolved into something bigger than all those things. Some jerseys are iconic, others stylish, and some are beautiful. They can evoke good times or bad times, success or failure. Above all, jerseys mark the great occasions of cycling, they speak of its history, its personalities and its style. And all jerseys have an element of art in their design. Cycling Jerseys celebrates the cycling jersey in all its forms. With stunning pictures and snatches of history, this is the story of the cycling jersey told in 192 gorgeous pages.

From the first simple garments that early cyclists raced in, to the technologyladen jerseys top riders use today. This book looks at the iconic jerseys associated with great riders and with great teams, the jerseys of champions and nations, and the jerseys that leaders wear in the most famous races.

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'With this in your lap, you’re not going anywhere for a good few hours'

'Sidwells and Barbet couple stunning pictures with the stories behind the designs'
Cycling Weekly

'Celebrates some of the sport's most iconic designs in one beautiful book'
Culture Trip

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 25.4 x 19.7 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Publication date: 2 March 2017

ISBN: 9780500518854

About the Author

Chris Sidwells is the author of A Race for Madmen: A History of the Tour de France, Tour Climbs: The Complete Guide to Every Mountain Stage on the Tour de France, The Long Race to Glory: How the British Came to Rule the Cycling World and DK’s Complete Bike Manual. He is a keen collector of cycling jerseys.

Matt Barbet is a journalist and broadcaster, who works primarily in television news, but also indulges his interest in cycling on screen and in print. His favourite jerseys are the Tour's classic Le Coq Sportif Yellow Jersey, as worn by Bernard Hinault, emblazoned with the Banania sponsor and raffishly unzipped, and also the Giro's Maglia Nera, or black jersey, that used to be given the last man to finish the race.

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