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There’s nothing more exciting for me than sitting down with a proper book about something I’m passionate about. I have many interests to keep me occupied, but for me, cycling is the one that has the finest selection of books. Whilst finding one for any cyclist is nice and easy, it’s also incredibly difficult due to the vast selection of fine publications.

Ranging from biographies, tales of the Tour, diary entries from solo rides or a coffee table photo book, cycling books have something for everyone. Due to the selection being so large, I’ve narrowed it down to what I feel are some of best options, whether buying for yourself or a friend, you’re guaranteed to make the right choice.

The Road Book – £50 – Condor Cycles

For the cyclists who needs to know everything. This book is the first of its kind, supplying data from every single World Tour race across both the Mens and Women’s calendar, exclusive essays, editorials and team profiles. Get ready to know absolutely everything.

Giro d’Italia: The Story of the World’s Most Beautiful Bike Race – £6.19 – World Of Books

Italy’s answer to the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, comes with plenty of drama and lively characters. This book tells many different stories about suffering and betrayals, tradition under threat and the heroism of the riders themselves.

One More Croissant For The Road – £8.19 – Amazon

Part travelogue, part food memoir, all one big love letter to France. Felicity cycles 2,300km across France, sampling the finest foods along the way. Whether you are a cyclist, a foodie or simply a lover of all things French, this book is sure to delight.

Tom Simpson: Bird On A Wire – Rapha – £36

Tommy Simpson is an icon when it comes to British Cycling; even 50 years after his untimely death, he still manages to capture the heart and imagination of people around the world. This book celebrates his short but successful life and career, using rare photographs and interviews from some of those closest to him.

Written by Tom Loughran