NNFN: On Your Bike

One thing we’re really hoping this year’s celebration of non-fiction will achieve is a growing awareness of the huge variety of non-fiction books out there. From wordless non-fiction, to fact compendiums, via stories which just happen to be true, there really is a non-fiction book (and more!) for everyone.

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from a guide-cum-activity non-fiction book – On Your Bike by Sir Chris Hoy, with Joannan Nadin, illustrated by Clare Elsom.

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This entertaining and informative book will teach children all they need to know about the wonderful world of cycling. Using the Flying Fergus characters (from Chris Hoy’s fiction series, also written in collaboration with Joanna Nadin and illustrated by Clare Elsom) to assist Sir Chris in teaching children about bikes, and a scrapbook-style collage of nostalgic snapshots from his own childhood on a bike as well as technical drawings, diagrams and practical photography, this book draws on the Olympic champion’s wealth of expertise in a fun, friendly and accessible format.

Ring-bound to lie flat so you can practise the techniques alongside your bike in the garage, the book also features access to bonus step-by-step videos of Sir Chris demonstrating key tips and tricks including:

  • How to Choose Your Bike: BMX or racer, mountain bike or hybrid – which tribe are you?
  • Clothing & Kit: cycling essentials for riding in all weathers and safety gear for being safe and seen on the road.
  • Bike Maintenance: step by step diagrams of how to change a tyre, check your bike for wear and tear, with access to bonus video footage of Sir Chris Hoy
  • Top Tricks and Fun Games: how to perfect a wheelie and other cool tricks, racing games and ideas to spice up cycling sessions in the park.
  • A Fill-In-Your-Own Cycling Log with ideas and hints, quizzes and much more.
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    Sir Chris Hoy MBE was born and raised in Edinburgh. He raced BMX until he was 14. Chris won his first world medal in 1999 – a silver in the team Sprint – and went on to win three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. In 2012 at his home Olympic Games in London, Chris won his fifth and sixth gold medals – in the Keirin and Team Sprint – becoming Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete of all time with six gold medals and one silver. Chris was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2008 and awarded a Knighthood in 2009. Follow Chris at www.chrishoy.com or on twitter: @chrishoy.

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    You can find out more about Chris’ collaborators here:
    @joannanadin
    http://www.joannanadin.com/
    @ClareElsom
    http://www.elsomillustration.co.uk/

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