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Casagrande Press

Bike Fanatic Writes Book About Cycling's Greatest Misadventures

05.16.2007
Solana Beach, California
Bike Fanatic Writes Book About Cycling's Greatest Misadventures

Erich Schweikher's first real kiss was on a bike. He and his bike toppled over during the kiss, and drama, blood, bruises and a quick breakup unfolded from the episode. Now, years later, his love affair with cycling has led him to create Cycling's Greatest Misadventures a book that presents twenty-seven of the most intriguing, terrifying, bizarre and comical stories from cycling die-hards worldwide.

Schweikher and coeditor, Paul Diamond, spent a year gathering these true stories from bicycle aficionados, journalists, magazine editors, professional racers, and everyday cyclists. These riders share the episodes when they've found themselves in over their heads, facing danger and the unexpected.

The writing is economical and fast paced in these collected stories which take the reader on a gripping ride through the uncharted terrain of freak accidents, animal attacks, sabotage, idiotic decisions, eerie events, and other jaw-dropping, adrenaline-pumping calamities. Each story brings to life the strange possibilities that await cyclists once they step on the pedals of a bike.

Here is a taste of the curious but true stories contained within:

  • In Australia, a former pro cyclist decides to spread tacks on a women's race course in an attempt to get a date.

  • In Pennsylvania, a man accidentally cycles deep into a prison yard and then has to make an escape.

  • In 1897, twenty African-American's complete the first group Transamerican ride (Missoula, MT to St. Louis) on iron bikes with wood rims, and they all ride armed with rifles.

  • In Washington DC, a woman is attacked by a large rat that jumps on her bike and slaps her repeatedly with its tail.

  • In North Carolina, a man is "attacked" and knocked from his bike by a flying, dead dog.

Some of these stories might make your cringe or laugh; most will make you shake your head with disbelief.

Schweikher and Diamond's selection often goes beyond thrills and spills, as it explores the culture and psychology of cyclists. There's something remarkably moving about cyclists reflecting on and writing about how they got themselves into deep in trouble. In the end the stories in this book stay with you, and you find yourself repeating them to friends.

Introductory Special Offer for Bicycle Retailers
Buy Three Get One Free! (Offer ends June 15th , 2007, only available from American Cycling, Inc / 800-282-2453 /terry@americancycling.com)

Source: Casagrande Press, Solona Beach, CA/ CasagrandePress@aol.com/ 858-259-0813

See www.thebikebook.com for media kit and more information.

List: $16.95 Wholesale: $10.17
Paperback: 256 pages, 6 x 9 (inches)
Publisher: Casagrande Press (June 15, 2007)
ISBN: 0-9769516-2-2
Illustrations: 42 photos/bike crash photo gallery
Distributed by:
American Cycling, Inc (to bike shops)
Toll Free: 800-282-2453
terry@americancycling.com
and
Wilderness Press (to book stores and outdoors stores)
Toll Free: 800-443-7227
sales@wildernesspress.com

Publicity: National reading tour, publicity and marketing campaign. More info at www.thebikebook.com

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Contacts
Casagrande Press
(858) 259-0813
Casagrandepress@aol.com
www.CasagrandePress.com

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