Bicycle riding is one of the fastest-growing forms of exercise in the country, as the many related books indicate. This one by Jack Simes, America's foremost racer, goes a step further to explain competitive bicycle racing, especially the difference between track and road racing. However, it is not clear whether the intent was to educate casual riders, serve as a guide for potential racers, or just present a racer's recollections and advice on how to succeed. Many terms are not defined, and basic information relating to costs and how to get into racing is omitted. Neither does Symes, a successful professional racer, spell out the obstacles to such a career. He certainly knows his sport, but this book does not do justice to the exhilaration, camaraderie, and excitement found in bicycle racing.