Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hell on Two Wheels

Several weeks ago, I received an uncorrected galley of the book Hell On Two Wheels (2011, Chicago: Triumph Books), by Amy Snyder, to review here on the blog. The book describes an event that is almost unfathomable, the Race Across America - 3,000 miles, on bike, minimal sleep. While what these endurance athletes do seems superhuman, Amy takes great care to point out that, while "(u)ltra cyclists are tough as nails, but as human as can be." Could just anyone accomplish racing across America? Riding, maybe, racing, I'm doubtful.

Snyder follows the group of racers during the 2009 Race Across America, using the days of the race (8 for the victor!) to introduce the favorites, newbies, and veterans. The thing that I most enjoyed was how each rider's bio was compared and contrasted, along with information on their training, without focusing on a single athlete for overly long. She deftly wove together the preparation, suffering, and mental gymnastics that make up an endurance event such as this one.

I think this might be the best cycling book I've read, and among the top based on endurance events. Highly recommended as an insight into a world most don't even know exists.

Buy Hell On Two Wheels at Amazon or other fine booksellers.


  1. I am very intrigued now and must get this book!

  2. Excellent. I was looking for one more book to take on vacation!

  3. Looks very interesting! Thanks.

  4. Thank you for your kind words. As a debut author they mean a lot to me. HOTW is available everywhere books are sold. My nationwide book tour is underway. Check the website for appearances in your city:

    hellontwowheelsbook [dot] com

    Kind regards,

    Amy Snyder
    Author, Hell on Two Wheels

  5. This is bad... now I want to do it. And I don't even like the bike all that much. I should read the book.

    Thanks for once again opening my eyes to something I would have never given a second glance :)

  6. I can't get past the winner going 3000 miles in 8 days! Amazing.

  7. I cannot imagine racing for 8 days straight. Their butts must be SO sort by the end.

  8. what's an "uncorrected galley"? A version where grammar errors like "where" and "were" have not been fixed?

  9. I think my posterior is hurting at the thought of reading a book about cycling. I bet it's good though!

  10. Sounds like my kind of book...I'll be trying to get my hands on it!

  11. Did she mention the 8 man teams at all? My husband was on the winning world record 8 man team in 2009 (Team Type 1). It's truly an amazing race and of course the individuals that do this are unlike any athletes I've ever met. Such a cool race. Definitely need to get a copy of this book!

  12. I'm not a cycler, but this sounds like an interesting book just from the endurance side of things. Thanks!

  13. Colleen, the emphasis is definitely on the solo riders, though she does mention the teams as well. I thought she mentioned Team Type 1, but couldn't find it quickly leafing through this morning.


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