Boulder, CO, USA — September 18, 2012 — VeloPress, the leading publisher of books for cyclists, is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Merckx 525, the first biography authorized by Eddy Merckx himself and the first he says is a truly complete record of his career.
Revealing a dazzling trove of recently discovered photographs, Merckx 525 is an all-encompassing celebration of the unmatchable career of the Cannibal, Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of all time and the most dominant athlete of the 20th century.
This spectacular coffee table book will be available in October in bookstores, select bike shops, and online. Preview Merckx 525 at velopress.com/merckx.
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 525 presents newly restored photographs from private collections, the Merckx family, and European newspaper archives, shedding new light on this awe-inspiring athlete’s career from promising youth in Belgium, to fabulous darling of Europe, to hardened veteran of the bike-racing wars.
With authoritative text and keepsake craftsmanship, Merckx 525 digs deeper than any book before to reveal the man behind the legend, cycling’s incomparable Eddy Merckx.
“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
Ron Reuman, Stephan Vanfleteren, Jan Maes, Frederik Backelandt
Hardcover with jacket. Full-color photographs throughout.
13 ¼” x 9 ½”, 224 pp., $60.00, 978-1-934030-89-9
7x Milan–San Remo | 5x Liège–Bastogne–Liège | 3x Ghent–Wevelgem | 3x Paris–Roubaix | 3x Flèche Wallonne | 3x Paris–Nice | 2x Amstel Gold Race | 2x Omloop Het Volk | 2x Tour of Lombardy | 2x Tour of Flanders | 2x Tour of Belgium | 1x Dauphiné Libéré | 1x Midi Libre | 1x Grand Prix Frankfurt | 1x Paris–Brussels | 1x Scheldeprijs | 1x Tour de Suisse | 1x Tour de Romandie | 1x World Amateur Road Champion | 3x World Professional Road Champion | 1x Belgian Road Champion | 5x Tour de France | 5x Giro d’Italia | 1x Vuelta a España | 7x Super Prestige Pernod International | World Hour Record
VeloPress publishes books for cyclists, triathletes, and runners that help beginners and committed athletes build fitness and achieve their goals. VeloPress celebrates the icons of endurance sports through history books, biographies, memoirs, and photography books. VeloPress is a division of Competitor Group, which publishes Velo, Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, and Competitor magazines and produces the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, TriRock triathlon series, and the Muddy Buddy adventure race series. For more information, please visit velopress.com