Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life

by Mark Johnson
Foreword by Jonathan Vaughters

Velo Press | March 1, 2012 | Hardcover

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From winter training camp on the cobbled lanes of medieval Girona, Spain, to hard-earned stage victories in July''s Tour de France, to flesh-shredding crashes at the Tour of Spain in September,Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Lifedelivers an unprecedented look at America''s most celebrated cycling team. Embedded with Garmin-Cervélo for its entire 2011 season, writer-photographer Mark Johnson brilliantly chronicles the team''s most intimate personal dramas and its public celebrations.

More than a book about racing,Argyle Armadais a portrait of life as a member of a pro cycling team during a time of painful transition for the sport. Johnson unveils the dramatic forces that Garmin-Cervélo must navigate as team founder Jonathan Vaughters tries to push forward his vision of a reformed sport. Along the way, countless difficult decisions must be made to keep the team competitive in the chase for ProTour points, money, respect, and fame.

With all-access insight and spectacular color images,Argyle Armadaoffers an unprecedented look inside a team battling for the future of professional cycling.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 200 pages, 9.27 × 11.39 × 0.86 in

Published: March 1, 2012

Publisher: Velo Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1934030813

ISBN - 13: 9781934030813

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Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life

by Mark Johnson
Foreword by Jonathan Vaughters

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 200 pages, 9.27 × 11.39 × 0.86 in

Published: March 1, 2012

Publisher: Velo Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1934030813

ISBN - 13: 9781934030813

About the Book

When Lance Armstrong's teammate Jonathan Vaughters retired from pro cycling in 2002, he wasn't done with the sport. Vaughters assembled a new team with the audacious goal of taking it from the lowly U.S. racing circuit to the Tour de France. By 2008, the team had succeeded placing a rider fourth in the Tour.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Cast of Characters

1. Winter Training Camp
2. The Cobbled Classics: Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix
3. The Ardennes Classics
4. Amgen Tour of California
5. The Tour de France
6. USA Pro Cycling Challenge
7. Vuelta a Espana
8. Grand Prix Cyclist de Quebec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal
9. The Business of Pro Cycling

Index
About the Author

From the Publisher

From winter training camp on the cobbled lanes of medieval Girona, Spain, to hard-earned stage victories in July''s Tour de France, to flesh-shredding crashes at the Tour of Spain in September,Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Lifedelivers an unprecedented look at America''s most celebrated cycling team. Embedded with Garmin-Cervélo for its entire 2011 season, writer-photographer Mark Johnson brilliantly chronicles the team''s most intimate personal dramas and its public celebrations.

More than a book about racing,Argyle Armadais a portrait of life as a member of a pro cycling team during a time of painful transition for the sport. Johnson unveils the dramatic forces that Garmin-Cervélo must navigate as team founder Jonathan Vaughters tries to push forward his vision of a reformed sport. Along the way, countless difficult decisions must be made to keep the team competitive in the chase for ProTour points, money, respect, and fame.

With all-access insight and spectacular color images,Argyle Armadaoffers an unprecedented look inside a team battling for the future of professional cycling.

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SPORTS/CYCLING

Victory at Paris-Roubaix. Four stage wins, seven days in the yellow jersey, and the team prize at the Tour de France. Stage wins at the Tour of California and the Vuelta a España. Fighting for first place with a budget half that of their main ProTour competitors, the 2011 Garmin-Cervélo team became one of the most admired teams in pro cycling.

Founded in 2003 as a low-key development squad for young American cyclists, by 2011 Garmin-Cervélo had evolved into a fully international enterprise that shook the foundation of the pro cycling establishment. Though the team lacked a lavish budget and the big-name stars of its ProTour competitors, it convincingly won some of the world''s greatest races.

Writer-photographer Mark Johnson spent a year embedded with the Garmin-Cervélo professional cycling team, recording its most intimate personal dramas and its public celebrations. From winter training camp on the cobbled lanes of medieval Girona, Spain, to hard-earned stage victories in July''s Tour de France, to flesh-shredding crashes at the Tour of Spain in September,Argyle Armadadelivers an unprecedented look at America''s most celebrated cycling team.

Argyle Armadais a portrait of life as a member of a pro cycling team during a time of painful transition for the sport. Inside the team buses and stage-race hotels, cycling struggles to shake off the hidebound traditions of the past and expand to a global sports franchise. The charge is led by Garmin-Cervélo team founder Jonathan Vaughters and his unconventional band of bike racing revolutionaries.

More than a book about racing,Argyle Armadaunveils the dramatic forces that Garmin-Cervélo navigates as team founder Jonathan Vaughters tries to push forward his vision of a reformed sport. Along the way, countless difficult decisions must be made to keep the team competitive in the chase for ProTour points, money, respect, and fame.

With all-access insight and spectacular color images,Argyle Armadaoffers an unprecedented look inside one team as it battles for the future of professional cycling.

Foreword by Jonathan Vaughters

About the Author

Mark Johnsonhas covered cycling as a writer and photographer for national and international publications since the 1980s. His work has been published in cycling titles includingVeloNewsin the United States,Cycling Weeklyin the UK,Veloin France, andRide Cycling Reviewin Australia, as well as general-interest publications includingThe Wall Street Journaland theSan Diego Union-Tribune. A category 2 road cyclist, Mark has also bicycled across the United States twice and completed an Ironman triathlon. He has a PhD in English literature from Boston University and has worked as a freelance writer and photographer for the Slipstream Sports cycling team since 2007. His other passion is surfing, which he does frequently from his home in Del Mar, California.

Editorial Reviews

“Johnson was there, as he puts it, “like a jellyfish” to record a chapter in the life of one of the quirkiest teams in cycling.” — Bicycling magazine   “A happy medium between writing and photography…An insightful journey.” — BikeRumor.com   “From pre-season presentations through the Classics, Grand Tours and beyond, Johnson goes behind the scenes, beautifully documenting the ups, downs and sideways moments of Slipstream Sports’ 2011 season.” — Paved magazine   “Mark Johnson has done a great job portraying an unrestricted view of the inner workings of the annual traveling circus that is pro cycling. Inspirational photography paired with an uncanny recollection of anecdotes makes Argyle Armada a must read.” — Peter Stetina, professional cyclist for Team Garmin-Barracuda   “ Argyle Armada brings back a lot of emotion of a long season. It’s amazing to see what a full year looks like in photos… Argyle Armada is a great keepsake from a great year.” — Christian Vande Velde, professional cyclist for Team Garmin-Barracuda   “With vivid photos of the racers and support crew, Johnson weaves a narrative of physical pressures and business stresses…Johnson takes full advantage of his special access.” — American Society of Media Photographers   "Johnson is a fine writer.... secondly, he is a truly ex
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