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American Pro

The True Story of Bike Racing in America

Häftad Engelska, 2018-06-07
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American cycling has a long tradition of riding and racing on a shoestring and a prayer. Jamie Smith explores the domestic side of the world's biggest amateur sport in American Pro: The True Story of Bike Racing in America. American Pro rips away the thin veneer of professionalism among domestic racing teams to lay bare the heart and soul of a struggling sport. Smith traces the arc of one team's racing career to discover colorful personalities, scrappy racing action, humor and heartbreak. American Pro shows what the sport demands: the scramble for contracts, the dynamics of team chemistry, the unending travel, the Herculean struggle to realize the dream-all for the love of bike racing. With sharp humor and insight, Smith uncovers what's wrong-and what's right-with America's broken bike racing system. American Pro will transform how you think of domestic pro racing through a five-season expose of the sport we love.
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"Many cyclists start out whipping around city streets in small towns dreaming of making it big-it's how I started racing. American Pro details the heart, dedication, and sacrifice that one team's staff and riders go through trying to make it." -FRANKIE ANDREU, former pro cyclist and Olympian Selected Praise for ROADIE by Jamie Smith and Jef Mallet "Everything you've wanted to know (and more) about a somewhat mysterious sport." - Chicago Tribune "This witty primer offers lively insights...Get it for family members and friends." - Denver Post "We should be very grateful for this epiphany; members of my family had to ask me to stop laughing so much while I was enjoying ROADIE!" - The Washing Machine Post "You will recognize this gently amusing and well written book." - Arrivee Selected Praise for READING THE RACE by Jamie Smith with Chris Horner "A practical manual for those who want to learn the tricks of the trade." - Podium Cafe "Reading the Race outlines the key mechanics of reading a race and, more importantly, how to win." - Road Bike Review

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Jamie Smith is a veteran bike racer, bike race announcer, and author of Roadie, Reading the Race, and American Pro. He has been a bike racer since 1983, working his way up through the ranks of amateur cycling, and a bike race announcer since 1985 traveling with some of the world's greatest cyclists. He spent several years in public relations, receiving one Emmy nomination and several Telly Awards. He currently lives in Rochester, Michigan, with his 11 bikes, 2 surfboards, 1 rowing scull, and 5 pair of cross-country skis.


Preface 1 Dreaming Big 2 Anatomy of a Niche Sport 3 The Road to the Major Leagues 4 Cycling's Sponsorship Conundrum 5 Some Assembly Required 6 Season 1: Pink, Blue, and White 7 Partnerships, Mergers, and Acquisitions 8 Sophomore Year 9 Season 2: Pink and Gray 10 Orchestrating a Bike Race 11 The Weight of a Pro License 12 Season 3: Pink, Gray, and White 13 The Friends and Family Plan 14 Finding the Right Formula 15 Season 4: The Red Army Marches On 16 Cycling's Clear and Present Danger 17 Uncertainty Sets In 18 Season 5: Red and Black 19 Closing Up Shop 20 The Taking of Fuzhou Epilogue About the Author