Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die: Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations Hardcover – Oct 1 2012
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About the Author
Chris Santella is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Portland, Oregon. A regular contributor to the New York Times and Forbes.com, he has also contributed to the New Yorker, Travel & Leisure, Golf, and Delta Sky. Santella is the author of eight other titles in STC’s Fifty Places series.
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The preceding reviewer complained that the book was just marketing fluff from bicycle tour operators and guides, ( full disclosure: I'm one of the "experts" interviewed in the book). Although it's true that all of the experts are "in the business", I can't think of a better way of curating the selection of destinations and offering it up to the public.
If you're a veteran adventure cyclist, this book isn't for you. However, if you'd like to encourage someone (or yourself) to consider a cycling vacation at some point, this is a great place to start.
What I like most about this book is that it has opened my mind to some tours I wasn't even aware of. I'm 45 years old in 2013, and am doing two of the tours from this book. If I can do at least two per year I'll have this list accomplished by the time I'm 70...hopefully there will be another book with 50 more rides to choose from.
There are so many places to do a bike tour. This book really helps you choose some of the most amazing destinations. I like browsing through this book so much I've ordered a 2nd copy for my office.
I'm sorry, Mr. Santella, but this is also lazy authorship--pulling together existing (perhaps even unedited) promotional text into a 'book'.
From a formatting and information point of view, I dislike that the tours in the US aren't all covered under a "USA" umbrella of sorts, but that they are filed in between the international destinations in the alphabetical order of the state names. Generally, sorting by continents first, then countries, then states would make this book more useful. That said, there isn't much usability in the book to begin with, as all and any helpful information about the destinations is missing. A simple map marking the 50 tour locations would have been tremendously helpful; for the US states I would have wished for a basic state outline with a location marker within the respective state. There is positively no information in the book whatsoever in regards to where to go, how to get there, and so on. So not only is it not a guidebook, but it really isn't useful as anything but a very basic starting point, which I found disappointing, especially considering who the authors are. I guess they don't want to give anything away in order to bolster their respective businesses.
I give 2 stars for the pretty photos; the flimsy contents are worth 1 star at most.