To Make Riders Faster

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I LOVE this book.  Having “been there / done that” - it speaks of truth like few books do.

To Make Riders Faster by Anna Dopico, tells the amazing and inspiring story of how two young engineers,  Phil White and Gerard Vroomen, against all odds, took their bike company, Cervélo, on a 16 year roller-coaster ride from a basement workshop in Montreal to the pinnacle of triathlon and road racing.

In about a dozen years - two guys who were not “bike experts” created the top bicycles for the world’s top riders! - winning the Tour De France and the Men and Women’s Ironman. 

I sat down with Phil White, recently in Toronto.   This is a guy who “gets” innovation.  As we started to talk he said quite simply…

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When I wrote To Make Riders Faster I could never have imagined how the book would touch someone’s life.  Recently, a friend contacted me to ask if I would write some personalized quotes in a book she purchased for her sister-in-law, who had recently lost her husband to cancer.  He was a huge Cervélo fan and owned a small fleet of Cervélo bikes.  I happily complied with the request and hoped it would bring some solace.  My friend said the book would make her sister-in-law smile and cry at the same time.  I was deeply touched by this experience. It gave me a renewed sense of purpose and added deeper meaning to my efforts in writing the book. 

Lisa Bentley brought similar purpose and meaning to her book, An Unlikely Champion.

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I wrote To Make Riders Faster to inspire as well as to entertain (there should always be some humour and fun in whatever we do). Phil and Gerard’s story was incredible: success against the odds. If you know the story, you know that behind the success was hard work, stress, grit and determination. This is true of any athlete’s story, as well. Day after day, they practice their drills, they analyze, they try to do better. All in anticipation of a race when they need to believe in their preparation and in their abilities, physically and mentally, regardless of the uncertain outcome.

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