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Eric’s Big Day: A Bicycle Race Unlike Any Other

A sweet and lovely children’s storybook that’s ideal bedtime reading for bicyclists of all ages.

Eric's Big Day

Is your 4-year-old so fleet-footed on her wooden Radio Flyer scooter that you’re sensing Tour de France potential?

Do you bore your 5-year-old to sleep reading him the latest 300-page biography of Eddy Merckx?

Do you already have a Colnago C60 tuned up and waiting in the garage for your 6-year-old as you try to inspire some bike-racing fanaticism in her?

At long, long last, here’s the perfect children’s picture book for bike-crazed kids and parents — as well as those “normal” folks who just want a good story with glorious illustrations.

Eric’s Big Day is a sweet and lovely little storybook by London-based writer and illustrator Rod Waters, newly published by Velo Press. (Waters’s cycling cred is solid, by the way; he holds the Guinness World Record for cycling between Paris and London. His time? Just over 14 hours.)

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If you’re already rolling your eyes about too many children’s books that put you to sleep before your kids, fear not. The illustrations are gorgeous, the story clever and fun — and might even bring a smile and happy tear to your jaded eyes.

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(Images courtesy Velo Press)

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Michael Dregni is Experience Life’s managing editor.

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