Can you provide recommendations for inspirational books? My lovely friend badly injured her leg about 18 months ago and, because of the severity of the metalwork repair, she has had to make the decision not to push her limits off road.
I am looking for a good cycling/mountainbiking related book for her to show that life isnt all about riding technical trails, but that you can have so much fun and adventure on a bike, however you ride.
Positive stories, particularly female focused, from normal people would be particularly great. There is so much out there from the pro riders, but I’m looking for something showing relatable ordinary/disadvantaged people doing extraordinary things.
Pretty sure the Vegan Cyclist broke his leg at the end of one of his Impossible Routes. I don’t have a great recollection but I’m pretty sure he talks about the injury and the emotional toll with his typical positive outlook. You should be able to find all of this on YouTube.
Grace overcomes a lot of obstacles to complete the Tour Divide. Good read. Not the best book in the world, but I think it hits what you’re looking for.
(I really loved The Boys in the Boat.)
I’d also recommend Lessons in Chemistry. Not totally sports related, but a lot of woman-overcoming-many-obstacles.
Further, you might also recommend to your friend Carrie Jackson’s The Injured Athletes Club. There’s a book, podcast, website… lots of stuff.