by Gus Grissom, Combat Correspondent
"To achieve your true potential, and to fully embrace the essence of time-trialling, you must push your mind and your body to the brink of oblivion. It is character-building. It is soul-searching. It is courage. It is pain and suffering. The pain cannot be ignored. It must instead be invited. It must become familiar. You must encourage it to stay even though it punishes you savagely for your hospitality."
With this proclamation -- which straddles a mythical intersection between Mr. Miyagi and Yoda at a USA Cycling Camp -- Adam Topham gives his reader the essence of time-trialling. He describes the fundamental tenet of a quest which might very well be the essence of cycling, the effort not to go harder, but to go faster. He wants his readers to realize what he calls their “true potential,” that is to say their “true potential given the inevitable constraints” of jobs, family, and limited budgets. With this simple proclamation Topham explains to his reader exactly what this book is all about, fulfilling that urge to make bike and body come together in a quest to turn the last five minute of a time trial into four and a half. That is the essence of Time Trialling: Fly Through the Pain Barrier and that is why you should want to read this book.