Author Archives: Jeffrey Morseburg

The Late Laurent Fignon Looks Back


Laurent Fignon: When We Were Young And Carefree By Laurent Fignon (Yellow Jersey Press/Random House/2010) Translated from the French by William Fotheringham Review by Jeffrey Morseburg The late Laurent Fignon rarely gave journalists or their readers what they wanted.  In … Continue reading

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Mud, Sweat and Cobbles – Professional Racing in 1980s Belgium


    A Dog in A Hat By Joe Parkin (Velo Press, 2008) Review by Jeffrey Morseburg Joe Parkin’s book A Dog in a Hat is the best personal account of professional bicycle racing that I have read by an … Continue reading

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The Great Climbers and the Grand Tours


Uphill Battle: Cycling’s Great Climbers By Owen Mulholland (Velo Press, 2003) Review by Jeffrey Morseburg In bicycle racing, the ability to climb mountains well is a relative thing. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology and the invention of the … Continue reading

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The Incredible Cycling Career and Scandalous Life of Jacques Anquetil


Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape By Paul Howard (Mainstream Publishing, 2008) Review, History and Commentary by Jeffrey Morseburg The first English language biography of the Tour de France champion Jacques Anquetil has now become available through Amazon, and the book … Continue reading

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Classic French Cyclotouring Bicycles: Impetus for Two-Wheeled Innovation


The Golden Age of Handbuilt Biycles: Craftsmanship, Elegance and Function Written by Jan Heine (Vintage Bicycle Press/Rizzoli, 2009) Review by Jeffrey Morseburg Historically, the sport of cycling has suffered from a poor press, especially in the English language.  Cycling books … Continue reading

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The Lost World of French Professional Cycling in the 1950s


Tomorrow We Ride by Jean Bobet Review by Jeffrey Morseburg American cyclists tend to come from the ranks of the great middle class or even from affluent backgrounds.  Tour de France champion Greg Lemond grew up in the tony Lake … Continue reading

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Bicycle Craftsmanship Makes a Comeback


Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle By Julie Lasky (Lars Muller Publishers, 2010) Review by Jeffrey Morseburg This past spring, an exhibition titled “Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle” opened at New York’s Museum of Art and Design. This is the ideal location for … Continue reading

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