Merckx 525 by Frederik Backelandt

Merckx 525

byFrederik Backelandt, Ron Reuman, Stephan Vanfleteren

Hardcover | October 1, 2012

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Merckx 525celebrates the unmatchable career of Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist ever and the most dominant athlete of the 20th century. Known as “the Cannibal” for his insatiable hunger to win, Merckx gobbled up 525 race victories, an unrivaled legacy lionized in this once-in-a-lifetime homage.

Merckx 525is the first book authorized by Eddy Merckx and the only book he says offers a truly complete record of his bike-racing career.

"Merckx 525is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me…and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments." —Eddy Merckx

Presenting a dazzling trove of recently discovered photographs not yet seen outside of Europe,Merckx 525is an all-encompassing embrace of Merckx’s career from promising youth in Belgium, to fabulous darling of Europe, to mud-splotched, hardened veteran of the bike-racing wars. Revealing photographs from private collections, the Merckx family, and European newspaper archives,Merckx 525sheds new light on the greatest cyclist of all time.

With authoritative text and keepsake production values,Merckx 525digs deep to reveal the man behind the legend, cycling’s incomparable Eddy Merckx.

About The Author

Frederik Backelandt is the Editor in Chief ofGrinta!magazine in Ghent, Belgium. As a freelance journalist, he has contributed to the cycling magazinesProcycling(UK),Fiets(Belgium), andSportmagazine(Belgium).

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Title:Merckx 525Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.75 × 13.75 × 1.2 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:Velo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1934030899

ISBN - 13:9781934030899

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Eddy Merckx Introduction: A Phenomenon Edouard’s first | 1961: Novice race Petit-Enghien The first achievement | 1964: Amateur World Championship, Sallanches More than a show-off | 1966: Milan–San Remo A jet and a rainbow | 1967: World Championship, Heerlen The yeti and the trident | 1968: Tre Cime di Lavaredo The end of an era | 1969: Mountain time trial, Paris–Nice One-man show | 1969: Tour of Flanders The shadow of the master | 1969: Liège-Bastogne-Liège The Savona bomb | 1969: Giro d’Italia Sturm und Drang | 1969: Tour de France, Luchon–Mourenx-Ville-Nouvelle Never the same as before? | 1969: The fall in Blois From another planet | 1970: Paris–Roubaix Death rides along | 1970: Tour de France, Gap–Mont Ventoux Nothing is as it used to be | 1971: Tour de France: The duel with Ocaña Cut to the quick | 1971: World Championship, Mendrisio A victory from fear | 1971: Tour of Lombardy 49.431 km | 1972: World hour record, Mexico City The atypical Merckx | 1973: Vuelta a España The fight with Maertens | 1973: World Championship, Montjuich The empty line | 1973: Paris–Tours No abdication | 1974: World Championship, Montreal A slap in the face from Thévenet | 1975: Tour de France Number seven | 1976: Milan–San Remo Self-castigation | 1977: Tour de France, Chamonix–L’Alpe d’Huez The last jersey number | 1978: Tour of Waasland Colophon

Editorial Reviews

“Merckx 525 is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me…and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments.” — Eddy Merckx“A luxurious photo-biography of cycling’s greatest champion…Full of evidence of the Cannibal’s insatiable appetite for victory.” — Wall Street Journal“As a memento to a career we won’t see again, Merckx 525 is worth every stinkin’ penny… The real joy of this book was a chance to feast on images from the early part of Merckx’ career…Arranged chronologically, one can imagine the book as the ultimate family photo album of the star-shined favorite son.” — Red Kite Prayer“Sumptuous, luxurious, and magnificent…A triumph. Each of its 221 pages simply scream out loud to satisfy the senses…Modern cycle sport is particularly well-served by some excellent photographers, but the imagery contained within Merckx 525 is exemplary.” — The Washing Machine Post“One of the most beautiful coffee table books (cycling or not) to come around in a very, very long time…The images are incredibly compelling, layered and sometimes hauntingly quiet.” — Peloton“What makes Merckx 525 so special is the trove of photographs that document that awesome number. Many of the photos were unknown to Merckx before the project was begun. [The authors] include the history when necessary, but the story is in the images, especially in the face of Merckx.” – Paved magazine“If you relish the racing history that has helped define the sport, Merckx 525 should be a ‘must have’. The variety of seldom-seen photos that illustrate the book will take your breath away.” — Road Bike Action“Whether in beautifully judged black & white or shockingly real period colour film, Merckx’s foe-crushing drive glows from almost every photograph.” — Brooks England“As one leafs through this lovely book, the string of victories becomes overwhelming…It is wonderful to see Merckx in his heyday, with the eternal grin and the pure joy in his face as he crossed the finish line first.” — PezcyclingNews“Visually stunning…[Merckx 525] delivers some incredible images from various periods of Merckx’s career. Each image is simply dripping in nostalgia…” — Podium Café“Merckx 525 captures the raw effort of bike racing, with the backdrop of Europe as Merckx’s canvas. His life, both private and professional, is laid out for the world to witness.” — Bicycle Times“…without a doubt the most comprehensive and detailed bio of ‘The Cannibal’ that you’ll find in the English language.” —“The elves at VeloPress have done it again: this is another one of those must-own books for the cycle-phile on your gift-buying list.” —“Beautiful and inspirational…Luscious photos.” — Adventure Cycling