Release the clowns! Bring out your dead! Glory be, the day is finally here.
I have the utmost (yes, the utmost) of pleasure in announcing that my much-heralded book is now available to buy. You can do so by clicking on the link below and following the instructions.Sportiveur: A Beginner’s Guide To Training For, Completing And Enjoying Your First Sportive
Most of you are pretty familiar with the content (the clue is in the title), and what you gain from reading it (it takes you from novice cyclist to sportive conqueror), so I won’t flog that particular horse.
(To be clear, I don’t flog ANY horses.)
The only additional feature to point out is that I’ve interspersed the advice with vignettes from my own personal journey from short distance johnny* to RideLondon finisher.
You can either use these flashbacks to laugh at my ineptitude or to take heart that even a very imperfect training regime allowed me to complete the 100 mile course, in a sort-of-respectable time, and have fun doing so.
*Technical term – no need to look it up.
Heads Up – It’s An Ebook
To avoid any potential confusion, I wanted to make clear that this is an electronic book. There are no printed versions available (yet…).
If you choose to buy a copy, you’ll be sent a pdf file, which you can view on your computer, lap top, ipad, etc.
Who SHOULDN’T Buy The Book
If you own more than one road bike, and you’re a frequent participant in long distance and/or challenging terrain sportives, I’d say this isn’t the book for you*.
*But by all means buy it if you want to…
The Price…And My Request To You
I’ve set an introductory price for the guide at £5.
As a quid pro quo for offering such a lot of value for the cost of just two large lattes, I’m looking for early readers to provide as much feedback as possible:
- How useful you found it
- Areas of too much detail
- Topics where you’d like a bit more information
That sort of thing.
And, of course, I am here at the end of this electronic waste pipe, to answer any questions and help clarify anything you’re unsure about. My personal email address is right there at the front of the book.
Once I’ve got all this feedback, my plan is to take the book off sale, improve it, and release it as a 2.0 version at a higher price. Obviously anyone that bought the first version will get the new and improved one for free as soon as it’s released.–> Click Here To Buy My Book <–
In my last post, I invited people to submit a comment in order to take part in a competition to win a free copy of the book.
Quite a few people entered (29), and many of them received extra entries by following Sportive Cyclist on Google+, Twitter or Facebook. As a result, there were 63 entries in total.
Using a random number generator, and witnessed by an independent adjudicator of responsible social standing (my doctor/wife), the winning entry was …
… number 26, which corresponded to the blog comment left by Michael Chappel.
I’ll be emailing Michael with his free copy of the book.
Commiserations to the other competitors, but thank you for leaving your comments. It’s been really great to hear your sportive targets for the year, and where you are on your cycling odyssey.
Normal Service Will Resume Shortly
I’m sure most, if not all, of you will be glad to have the release of the book out of the way, so that I can stop going on about it.
I promise to do exactly that.
I’ll get back to writing and publishing posts on the blog, and stop trying to sell you things (BUY MY BOOK!).
Ahem. See you next time!