It's nearly Grand Tour season, kicking off first with the Giro before the toughest tour around France. To celebrate, Condor are hosting a book signing in the store on Wednesday 12th May, with two best selling authors, William Fotheringham and Graeme Fife.
The writers will be at the store on Gray's Inn Road from 5.30pm to sign copies of their latest books. Both authors have written several publications about the Grand Tours and the stories and personalities behind them, as well as pieces for Rouleur magazine. Copies of their previous books will also be available in store to purchase and be signed.
William Fotheringham is the Guardian’s cycling correspondent. His in-depth examination into cyclists’ fascination with the British Tour de France rider Tom Simpson (Put Me Back On My Bike) has been superbly followed up with the first specifically targeted biography of Fausto Coppi for English speakers. Fallen Angel tells the story of Italy’s most popular sportsman and his scandal filled life and tragic death.
Graeme Fife has a diverse portfolio of books, articles, radio work and plays. Fife’s revised book, Tour de France: the History, the Legend, the Riders, paints a picture of the world’s toughest sporting event from someone on the inside and why the race inspires such passion among cyclists. His book, The Beautiful Machine, is a witty celebration of the bicycle and of the people who ride and with whom Fife has ridden.
Stewart O'Nan, the American novelist, said of The Beautiful Machine: "Wise, honest, funny, The Beautiful Machine is not just a paean to the bike but to life itself." And Libby Purves called it "a great book".
Graeme Fife has also written the hugely popular Rapha Guide to the Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees.
The Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees is not a conventional guide to the Pyrenees. Facts and guidance is offered on obscure and well-known Pyrenean cols, but the gripping element is rather a highly personal exploration by Fife of the variety and peculiarity of the region that leaves the reader with a colourful and memorable picture. Fife combines careful historical research with a swift narrative style, and supported by beautiful photographic portrayals of the imposing landscapes by Pete Drinkell gives persuasive encouragement to visit.