Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book: Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling's Glory Days

During the 1920s and 1930s, cycling was the world's most popular sport. The races were impossibly difficult, the riders larger than life. All of Europe anticipated every race report in breathtaking newspaper accounts. This September, newly restored photographs in Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling's Glory Days celebrate the grit and determination of bicycling's earliest heroes. Goggles & Dust is available now in bookstores, bike shops, and online. Preview a selection of the book's vintage cycling photographs at www.velopress.com/goggles.

Ottavio Bottecchia, Eugène Christophe, Henri Pélissier, André Leducq, René Vietto-the daring spirit of these cycling pioneers was perhaps matched only by the remarkable photographers who prevailed in all conditions to capture striking portraits of the racers at work and play.

Curated from the original silver gelatin prints in The Horton Collection, the gorgeous restored portraits and landscapes in Goggles & Dust-most unseen since their original publication in the newspapers and magazines of the day-provide an indelible record of a more carefree and adventurous time.

Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling's Glory Days
The Horton Collection
Hardcover with 100 photographs throughout
8" x 7", 120 pp., $16.95, 9781937715298

* Drawn from over 170,000 original vintage cycling photographs in The Horton Collection
* Features fine-art quality photographs from cycling's early history
* Carefully restored, preserving their authenticity
* Priced affordably as a gift for photography and cycling enthusiasts

The Horton Collection is one of the world's finest collections of cycling memorabilia. Over the course of twenty-five years, Shelly and Brett Horton have amassed an unprecedented 15,000 objects and 170,000 original vintage cycling photographs. Their passion for the sport and its legacy have led them to the world's greatest races, and many of the sport's living legends have entrusted their own treasures to the care of The Horton Collection. See artifacts from The Horton Collection at www.hortoncollection.com.

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