Author: Frederik Backelandt
Merckx 525 celebrates the unmatchable career of Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist ever and the most dominant athlete of the 20th century. Known as “the Cannibal” for his insatiable hunger to win, Merckx gobbled up 525 race victories, an unrivaled legacy lionized in this once-in-a-lifetime homage.
Merckx 525 is the first book authorized by Eddy Merckx and the only book he says offers a truly complete record of his bike-racing career.
""Merckx 525 is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me...and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments."" — Eddy Merckx
Presenting a dazzling trove of recently discovered photographs not yet seen outside of Europe, Merckx 525 is an all-encompassing embrace of Merckx’s career from promising youth in Belgium, to fabulous darling of Europe, to mud-splotched, hardened veteran of the bike-racing wars. Revealing photographs from private collections, the Merckx family, and European newspaper archives, Merckx 525 sheds new light on the greatest cyclist of all time.
With authoritative text and keepsake production values, Merckx 525 digs deep to reveal the man behind the legend, cycling’s incomparable Eddy Merckx.
From the Back Cover: MERCKX 525A unique celebration of cycling’s greatest rider.Exclusive photographs from newly discovered archives. MERCKX 525 is a long journey through my career of 525 race victories. In addition to its authoritative text, this beautiful work contains a unique collection of exclusive photographs, including some that even I had not seen before. It is the only work authorized by me on the occasion of my 65th birthday, and the first truly complete record of my accomplishments. — Eddy Merckx 525 VICTORIES7x Milan–San Remo5x Liège–Bastogne–Liège3x Ghent–Wevelgem3x Paris–Roubaix3x Flèche Wallonne3x Paris–Nice2x Amstel Gold Race2x Omloop Het Volk2x Tour of Lombardy2x Tour of Flanders2x Tour of Belgium1x Dauphiné Libéré1x Midi Libre1x Grand Prix Frankfurt1x Paris–Brussels1x Scheldeprijs1x Tour de Suisse1x Tour de Romandie1x World Amateur Road Champion3x World Professional Road Champion1x Belgian Road Champion5x Tour de France5x Giro d’Italia1x Vuelta a España7x Super Prestige Pernod InternationalWorld Hour Record