The Cyclocross 2011/2012 Book is here, finally, kind of.
I had a dream. Ever since I stumbled upon the phenomenon called cyclocross, I knew it was what I wanted to do. I got immersed in it, I love every aspect of, I love the intensity, I love the atmosphere, I love the racing, I love the buildup, all of it. Those of you who know me know well enough that I act like an overexcited puppy when I talk about cyclocross.
After doing my first season two years ago, I know so little about cyclocross. I thought the World Cups were the backbone of the season and I had many other misconcepts. That being said, it was a great season and the book, the ‘UCI Cyclocross season 2009/10′ nicely bookended the whole project, if you forgive me the horrible pun.
The book itself broke even but it didn’t generate enough revenue to fund the trips for the next season, so I skipped the 2010/2011 season and salivated over the sporza videos week in week out. Then a sudden family death meant that a smaller inheritance landed on my bank account and I decided to use that money to cover another season – this time in it’s (almost) entirety: World Cups, GVAs, Superprestige s, World Championships, the whole lot. And so I did.
As I started to talk to people about this season, they often asked: are you going to do another book? It made me think about it and I decided I should go ahead and do it. But I knew if I was going to do it, it has to better in every possible way. Plans were made and scrapped, calculations were sent backwards and forwards and finally I finalised the details: 270mm x 230mm, 220 pages, hardcover. It will be bigger, better, nicer than the previous book and I will tell you why.
The book covers 33 races, almost all the big races of the season and to make that work, one race will be covered on six pages – which means that only the very best photos of each race will make it into the book. My best photos on thick, high-quality paper, hardcover, a proper coffee table book. All my passion, all my love of cyclocross is distilled into 220 pages – if you like my work you know what to expect. As a taster, have a look at a couple of chapters below:
Buying the book will present you with the perfect chronicle of the season, the highs and the lows, with the emphasis being on the photos. That being said, the lovely Caroline Cardinaels worked hard to accompany my photos with great words and she contributed a short but informative introduction to each an every race.
The book is available for pre-ordering now, we are working hard at the moment to finalize the book. It will go to print on the 19th March and the final product will be ready to be shipped in the very first days of April.
You might ask why you would want to pre-order it? First of all, there is a pre-order discount until the 19th March, so instead of €39.99, you can buy it for €34.99 and now the shipping is free as well! After the 19th March, it will cost €39.99 + shipping, so be quick and order your copy today. But pre-ordering the book will not only save you money but it helps me to gauge demand, so it’s a win-win for everybody.
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