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Rainbows in the Mud
Inside the intoxicating world of cyclocross
By (author): Paul Maunder



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Sep 05, 2017
Print Run: 5000
$27.00 CAD


9.31in x 6.12 x 0.88 in | 440 gr

Page Count:

288 pages
Bloomsbury Sport

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 fan­clubs 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-­race 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.

Paul Maunderhas loved all aspects of cycle racing ever since seeing flickering coverage of the 1984 World Road Championships from Barcelona. He won his first race--an under-12s cyclocross around a farmyard near Oxford, for which he won three chocolate bars--but thereafter struggled to maintain such dominance. He has studied fiction with the former Poet Laureate, been awarded a fellowship by Faber, and is a regular feature contributor toRouleur andPeloton magazines.

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"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

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