With Christmas only a few sleeps away, The Road Book 2019 is the must-have gift for discerning cyclists and road racing fanatics. Read on to discover some of the stellar reviews that our 2019 almanack has received, and to hear about why it makes the perfect Christmas present (including to yourself!).

With detailed statistics – including race reports, breakaways, weather reports and stage profiles – lovingly complied by renowned cycling statistician Cillian Kelly from the men’s and women’s WorldTours, The Road Book pieces together perfectly the season that has just been. Here’s a reminder of the wonderful writing in this year’s book.

  • Philippe Auclair exploring the effervescent character of his superstar compatriot Julian Alaphilippe.
  • Matt Rendell puts into context the deeper significance of Egan Bernal’s extraordinary victory.
  • Orla Chennaoui examining the unique contribution – and differing opinions- of former rivals Ina Teutenberg and Giorgia Bronzini.
  • Paul Fournel– Parisian philosopher, playwright and cycling obsessive has written a poem in which he laments his country’s continuing frustration.
  • Bob Roll tells of the hurt he feels at the loss of Paul Sherwen and the heavy responsibility of commentating alongside Phil Liggett.
  • Michael Hutchinson picks apart in forensic detail the Amstel Gold Race, won in breathtaking fashion by Mathieu van der Poel
  • In the Winner’s Words contributions as Richard Carapaz, Annemiek Van Vleuten & Philippe Gilbertrelive their stand-out moments.

But don’t take our word for it. Browse our review section for the brightest for excellent reviews from The Telegraph, Road CC, Cycling News, Cycling Weekly and more!