Cycling books: Made in England, Cyclocross 2011/12, Merckx 525

RCUK Towers is beginning to resemble a library, thanks to a recent delivery of beautiful coffee table books.

Proof, were it needed, that cycling is one of the most photogenic of sports, this trio  documents man, machinery, and ferocious competition.

We’ll be giving you a chance to win each of these beautiful books in the weeks ahead, any of which will provide suitably inspiring reading matter as winter closes in.

On Friday (9), London cycling café, Look Mum No Hands, will host the launch of Made In England, a book by frame builders, Matthew Sowter and Ricky Feather, documenting the craft of this nation’s finest artisan bike builders.

It’s beautifully illustrated with images by Kayti Peschke, who was kind enough to capture some of the most beautiful exhibits at Bespoked Bristol for us in March.

Made in England is published by Push Projects and costs £35.

Next up is Balint Hamvas’ Cyclocross 2011/12, a beautiful, 220-page document of one of cycling’s toughest disciplines. The pain and skill of ‘cross racing is captured here in all its muddy, and occasionally sandy, glory, while Hamvas’ ‘incidental’ shots tell the stories behind the racing. He’s trained his lens on every round of last season’s UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup, the world championships, and Belgium’s aptly named, Superprestige series, among others.

Cyclocross 2011/12 is published by and costs £34.99.

What can be left to say about Eddy Merckx, cycling’s greatest rider? Well, plenty if Merckx 525 is a guide. The only book Merckx has authorized, and published to celebrate his 65th year, the book includes photographs unearthed in Belgium from the Merckx family, some unseen even by the Cannibal himself.

Merckx 525 is published by VeloPress and costs £42.

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