Bespoke: A Guide to Cycle-Speak and Saddle Slang (Hardcover)

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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.

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.

About the Author

Tom Bromley is a published author, editor and ghost (not the scary kind). He has written ten books under his own name and ghostwritten a further nine. Tom’s own books are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, with a dabble in crime (the literary variety) under the pseudonym Thomas Black. He also teaches creative writing for, among others, the Faber Academy and works as an editorial consultant and mentor for a number of publishers, literary agencies and organizations. Tom is a keen cyclist and is Chairman of the flourishing Salisbury Literary Festival.

Praise For…

 "If you feel you need to learn your Lantern Rouge from your Poursuivant or your Commissionere from your Soigneur, Bespoke is a really lovely book to do it with." —Performance in Mind
Product Details
ISBN: 9780712353656
ISBN-10: 0712353658
Publisher: British Library Publishing
Publication Date: September 1st, 2022
Pages: 192
Language: English