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When Josephine Baker Sprinkled Her Stardust on the Tour de France

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Rambles in Éirinn, by William Bulfin

Was James Joyce inspired by the Tour de France when he gave Buck Mulligan a yellow dressing gown? How did an Irish cyclotourist inspire Ulysses? And where does Lucien Petit-Breton fit into this?

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The Medal Factory, by Kenny Pryde

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Cafe Bookshelf

Overlander, by Rupert Guinness

A Life on the Pedals, by Pedro Delgado

The autobiography of 1988 Tour de France winner Pedro Delgado

Lost Lanes West, by Jack Thurston

36 glorious bike rides in the West Country

Pantani Was a God, by Marco Pastonesi

Marco Pantani, as seen by Marco Pastonesi

We Rode All Day, by Gareth Cartman

A cycling novel based on the 1919 Tour de France

Interview: Gareth Cartman

Gareth Cartman discusses the 1919 Tour de France and his novel, We Rode All Day, which tells the story of that race.

Interview: Tom Isitt

Tom Isitt pops into the Café to talk about riding in the Zone Rouge and the Tour of the Battlefields.

Riding in the Zone Rouge, by Tom Isitt

In April 1919 a seven-stage race through what had just months before been the Western Front was organised by Le Petit Journal. A now forgotten folly, the Tour of the Battlefields is only today gaining the appreciation it deserved.

We Begin Our Ascent, by Joe Mungo Reed

A cycling novel set in the Tour de France

Racing Bicycles, by Nick Higgins

Cycling and art collide in an illustrated history of road cycling

The Line, by Richard Freeman

The former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor engages in a little bit of image management

Icons, by Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins showing off a part of his jersey collection and talking about himself and the riders who have inspired him

I Like Alf, by Paul Jones

A biography of Alf Engers that’s also a meditation on why we ride and a bit more besides

Queens of Pain, by Isabel Best

Twenty-something cycling icons, all of them women, each of them with a story as inspirational as you’ll find anywhere else in bike racing’s long history

Women on the Move, by Roger Gilles

The story of women’s bike racing in north America in the 1890s, with a focus on the Swedish émigré Tillie Anderson

Muscle on Wheels, by M Ann Hall

A biography of Canadian cyclist Louise Armaindo that also paints a picture of the era she raced in and the women she raced against