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Cycling’s Greatest Misadventures presents twenty-seven true stories which cross the spectrum from terrifying to comical to downright bizarre. In these pages both everyday riders and pros tell their stories of freak accidents, animal attacks, sabotage, idiotic decisions, eerie or unexplained incidents, and other jaw dropping, adrenalin-pumping calamities. These stories bring to life the strange things possibilities that await, once we step on the pedals of our road, mountain, or commuter bikes.


A sampling of misadventures in this collection includes the stories of:

the mountain biker who follows a bull and then gets gored by it

the twenty African Americans who pioneered cycle touring by completing a Transamerica ride in 1897, with rifles

the large rat that leapt on top of a woman’s bike and slapped her repeatedly with its tail

an inside-the-head narration by a professional racer as he rides a brutal race, and then gets humiliated in changing room afterwords

the recreational cyclist who accidentally rides deep into a prison yard

the computer programmer who crashes a stationary bike during his first spin class
the bike messenger who can’t call it quits even after getting hit by eight cars
, and
the man who carefully spreads out tacks on the route of an all female race in an attempt to get a date.


These stories will make you wonder, laugh, or shake your head with disbelief.

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