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One-Way Ticket
Nine Lives on Two Wheels
By (author): Jonathan Vaughters
9780143134145 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SPORTS & RECREATION / Cycling Aug 27, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.26 x 8.02 x 0.75 in 352 pages Penguin Books
The new memoir tracing story of cycling since the 1980s, throught he eyes of Jonathan Vaughters, founder of team EF-Drapac and one of the sport’s most towering figures.

Jonathan Vaughters’ story is the story of modern cycling. From his early years as a keen cyclist in his hometown in Colorado to his unflinching rite of passage as a professional rider with US Postal to his elevation as one of cycling’s most resilient, ethical and intelligent team bosses, the highs and lows of his career have mirrored those of the sport itself. Vaughters has had a front-row seat for most of the major events in cycling over the past three decades. He was both a former teammate of Lance and a leading witness against him. And he went on to renounce doping and start the first pro cycling team to dedicate itself to clean riding, which has grown into one of the most successful teams competing today and started a movement that has swept across the sport.

This is also not simply a story of races won and lost: Vaughters shows readers how he navigated the complex, international business of building Slipstream into a world-class cycling team. Over the past decade, he has led the sport out of the scandal-plagued Armstrong era. By presenting the world with a team made of talented racers built around a rigorous approach to clean racing, he set a new standard within cycling that has since spread across the peloton. Written from the unique perspective of both a racer and a team manager, One-Way Ticket gives the complete story of what it takes to build a winning team and repair the reputation of a sport.

Story Locale: Colorado, New York, Britain, France, Spain, Italy

AN OUTSPOKEN AUTHOR: Vaughters has become one of cycling’s leading reformers and has helped more than any other individual to move the sport away from doping.

A TEAMMATE OF LANCE ARMSTRONG: Once part of the infamous US Postal Team, Vaughters was present for all of the sport’s greatest moments for years.

A HUGE PLATFORM: As the manager of one of EF Drapac, one of the most competitive teams in the sport, he is immediately recognizable to anyone who follows cycling.

A SPORT OF READERS: Our success with Draft Animals has shown that cycling fans, a large (and growing) demographic, will flock to books about their sport.

Jonathan Vaughters began his cycling career in Colorado, eventually racing alongside Lance Armstrong on the infamous US Postal Service team. In the wake of the doping scandals that have plagued the sport, he founded what has become the US-based Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team, which he still manages as it competes at cycling’s highest level.

Author Residence: Boudler, CO

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“Part personal history, part confessional, One-Way Ticket is also a love letter to a beautiful, brutal, hopelessly corrupt, yet paradoxically pure sport. It chronicles Vaughters’s saga as an athlete, but there are many more layers to the story, and that’s what makes it essential reading for any cycling fan and for anyone who followed Armstrong’s rise and fall. It covers the deep history of American bike racing in a way that has never been done. And it’s an honest, unflinching look at cycling’s darkest era from someone who fully lived it.” —Outside Magazine

“Vaughters rewrites the book on cycling’s doping era. One-Way Ticket sheds new light on pro cycling’s ’EPO era.’” —VeloNews

“The best insight yet into the challenges of running a team.” —Road.cc

One-Way Ticket offers a behind-the-scenes perspective of a complex man who, despite being scarred by professional racing, remains dedicated to the sport.” —Library Journal

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