Dimensions:9.31in x 6.12 x 0.88 in | 440 gr
Page Count:288 pages
Cyclocross is no longer cycling's hidden gem. Its rapid growth in the US--and its new popularity as off-season training--means this intense and dramatic sport is exploding into the mainstream. With a season running from September to February, cyclocross is cycling's only purely winter discipline, demanding a combination of athleticism, supreme technical skill, and ruthless tactics for the muddy conditions.
In the sport's heartland of Belgium, major races attract crowds of thousands and have a carnival atmosphere fueled by heavy drinking, ringing cowbells, and pumping airhorns. Many top riders have enthusiastic fanÂclubs and are national celebrities--one even had his own reality TV show. On race day, Belgian and Dutch television coverage is akin to a major football game in the US, stretching for hours with pre-Ârace interviews, pundits, and behind-the-scenes films.
InRainbows in the Mud, Paul Maunder spends a season soaking up the sport's rich culture and history, and mixing with the obsessive fans, celebrity riders, and old-fashioned patriarchs of the sport. Following the riders--novices, veterans, American, British--as they slog their way through the season, he captures the spirit of this flamboyant cult sport, and paints a picture so vibrant you can almost feel the mud under your feet.
"He paints a picture so vibrant you feel the mud under your feet, and taste the beer andfrites." -Soigneur
"Rainbows in the Mud is successful in telling the story of cyclocross through the characters, places, and races of the 2015/16 season. Paul Maunder’s journalistic eye and skill with the written word helps bring the mud of Belgium alive and it is a fair bet many readers will be left hoping he chooses to write another book or three about the sport of cyclocross." - Zachary Schuster,Cyclocross Magazine
"[Paul Maunder] has written a book on the winter sport's attraction and idiosyncrasies. It details the obsessive fans, the carnival-like, beer-swilling atmosphere, and revered riders." - Cycling Weekly
"Check out Paul Maunder's book Rainbows in the Mud. Some of the finest writing you'll see in the sport of bicycle racing." - Katie Compton,cyclocross champion
"Maunder presents a heartfelt introduction to a sport that could soon establish itself as a serious rival for several other spectator sports, giving us yet another thing for which we should thank the Belgians." - FourFourTwo
"Maunder gives a firsthand enthusiastic insight into the two distinctly different flavors of 'cross to be experienced' in its Belgian/Dutch heartlands as well as the more participatory version on show across the pond." - thewashingmachinepost
"If you can't make it to any races on the continent this season, this book will give you a great sense of what it's like to be there. Then you'll want to go so badly, you'll probably book a ferry/plane. I give this book five friets out of five." -Cyclocross Handbook
"Rainbows in the Mud by Paul Maunder is a must-read for a look into the world of cyclocross." -Women's Fitness
"In this entertaining book, Paul Maunder spends a year soaking up the sport’s rich culture and intoxicating blend of intense, brutal, tactical racing and carnival atmosphere." -Bikes Etc
"Atmospheric and evocative musings on what it is about 'cross that captures the attention." -The Podium Cafe