May 26, 2006--A local cyclist and journalist held a book-signing yesterday for his new how-to book on the Tour de France at the trendy NYC Velo last night. J.P. Partland presided over a crowd of about 70 people at the Second Ave. store to inaugurate his new book, Tour Fever: The Armchair Cyclist's Guide to the Tour de France, published by Berkley, a division of Penguin. A regular contributor to Asphalt Magazine, Partland's Tour book is his third after Mountain Bike Madness and The World of BMX.
Surrounded by adoring friends and cycling colleagues, his wife Beth, and his parents Linda and Don, Partland signed merrily away until each one of this new minted, green-covered, $12.95 books were sold. Many of those who bought the book have raced or still do, and likely are well-versed in the details of the Tour de France. But never mind that, the book is full of facts, such as the number of cars in the caravan following the tour at any time (200 plus vehicles representing 45 brands), and a primer on the racers as gentlemen in a brutal competition, one of the often observed but little noted facts that sets bike racing apart from other sports.
Coming soon: a review of JP's book.