Argyle Armada

Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life

By Mark Johnson; Jonathan Vaughters (Foreword by)
(VeloPress, Hardcover, 9781934030813, 200pp.)

Publication Date: March 2012

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From winter training camp on the cobbled lanes of medieval Girona, Spain, to hard-earned stage victories in July’s Tour de France, to flesh-shredding crashes at the Tour of Spain in September, Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life delivers an unprecedented look at America’s most celebrated cycling team. Embedded with Garmin-Cervélo for its entire 2011 season, writer-photographer Mark Johnson brilliantly chronicles the team’s most intimate personal dramas and its public celebrations.

More than a book about racing, Argyle Armada is a portrait of life as a member of a pro cycling team during a time of painful transition for the sport. Johnson unveils the dramatic forces that Garmin-Cervélo must navigate as team founder Jonathan Vaughters tries to push forward his vision of a reformed sport. Along the way, countless difficult decisions must be made to keep the team competitive in the chase for ProTour points, money, respect, and fame.

With all-access insight and spectacular color images, Argyle Armada offers an unprecedented look inside a team battling for the future of professional cycling.




About the Author
Mark Johnson, Ph.D is an independent consultant in opto-electronics and measurement innovation. He is a visiting professor at Salford University in England and St. Etienne University in France and has managed corporate research teams in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. Dr. Johnson resides in Cheshire, England.

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