Oliver Knight's books have been described as ‘Beautiful and Enlightening‘ by the influential Rouleur Magazine, and listed as some of the best books on cycling by the renowned road.cc website – high praise indeed!
Take advantage of free shipping when purchasing these two stunning volumes, examining the history and evolution of the cyclists attire and the professional cyclists style.
These two 200 page large format coffee-table books, illustrated with a total of over 1000 images, showcase a huge wealth of original items, alongside many iconic and previously unpublished archive images. Within their pages you’ll also discover the first hand accounts of the riders who wore these items, the designers who create them, and the collectors who now covet them.
These book’s four chapters examine all aspects of these fascinating subjects:
The Jerseys – Catalogues of original items worn by the most stylish teams and riders, and in the most iconic races. Displaying 50 different pro teams, 20 races (including the three Grand Tour), and the legacy of 10 riders including; Eddy Merckx, Francesco Moser, Sean Kelly, Franck Vandenbroucke, right up to Wout van Aert! Over 400 items displayed in these first chapters alone!
The Creators – In-depth interviews with the design teams at brands; Rapha, Castelli, De Marchi, Milltag, Sportful & Santini, examining their motives and influences in creating the next generation of iconic kit designs.
The Riders – The honest and entertaining recollections of the pro cyclists, discussing their part in the legacy of cycling style. From the pioneering U.S cyclist John Eustice, to the respected domestique turned Directeur Sportif, Brian Holm. Also further examinations of iconic rider and kit associations, including those of Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault, Roger de Vlaeminck, and the unrivalled Eddy Merckx.
The Collectors – Interviews and showcases of items from the world’s leading memorabilia collectors, those now dedicating themselves in keeping the legacies alive of these legendary cyclists.
The book also features specially commissioned essays from key writers, including renowned cycling historian William Fotheringham, celebrated former professional David Millar, the menswear commentator Josh Sims and cycling journalist Michael Gamstetter.
Both ‘The Cycling Jersey’ and its follow-up publication ‘Pro Cycling Style’ are books created for, and with the participation of, the growing network of devotees who appreciate the culture, craft and heritage of these truly iconic items.
To match the subject matter contained within, these books are created to the highest standards – encased in a hard backed cover complete with dust jacket, with pages printed on heavy 150gsm ‘Creator Silk’ stock – which just like the jerseys, feels wonderful to the touch!
True labours of love, it’s been a real delight to create these stunning volumes and then witness them gain such universal high praise. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading these books as much as I did in creating them!