Merckx 525

Ron Reuman, Stephan Vanfleteren, Jan Maes, 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.

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Hardcover with 126 full-color photographs throughout
13 ¼” x 9 ½”, 224 pp., $60.00, 9781934030899

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Foreword by Eddy Merckx

Introduction: A Phenomenon

Edouard’s first | 1961: Novice race Petit-Enghien
The first achievement | 1964: Amateur World Championship, Sallanches
More than a show-off | 1966: Milan–San Remo
A jet and a rainbow | 1967: World Championship, Heerlen
The yeti and the trident | 1968: Tre Cime di Lavaredo
The end of an era | 1969: Mountain time trial, Paris–Nice
One-man show | 1969: Tour of Flanders
The shadow of the master | 1969: Liège-Bastogne-Liège
The Savona bomb | 1969: Giro d’Italia
Sturm und Drang | 1969: Tour de France, Luchon–Mourenx-Ville-Nouvelle
Never the same as before? | 1969: The fall in Blois
From another planet | 1970: Paris–Roubaix
Death rides along | 1970: Tour de France, Gap–Mont Ventoux
Nothing is as it used to be | 1971: Tour de France: The duel with Ocaña
Cut to the quick | 1971: World Championship, Mendrisio
A victory from fear | 1971: Tour of Lombardy
49.431 km | 1972: World hour record, Mexico City
The atypical Merckx | 1973: Vuelta a España
The fight with Maertens | 1973: World Championship, Montjuich
The empty line | 1973: Paris–Tours
No abdication | 1974: World Championship, Montreal
A slap in the face from Thévenet | 1975: Tour de France
Number seven | 1976: Milan–San Remo
Self-castigation | 1977: Tour de France, Chamonix–L’Alpe d’Huez
The last jersey number | 1978: Tour of Waasland


Praise for this book 

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

“A luxurious photo-biography of cycling’s greatest champion…Full of evidence of the Cannibal’s insatiable appetite for victory.” — Wall Street Journal

“As a memento to a career we won’t see again, Merckx 525 is worth every stinkin’ penny… The real joy of this book was a chance to feast on images from the early part of Merckx’ career…Arranged chronologically, one can imagine the book as the ultimate family photo album of the star-shined favorite son.” — Red Kite Prayer

“Sumptuous, luxurious, and magnificent…A triumph. Each of its 221 pages simply scream out loud to satisfy the senses…Modern cycle sport is particularly well-served by some excellent photographers, but the imagery contained within Merckx 525 is exemplary.” — The Washing Machine Post

“One of the most beautiful coffee table books (cycling or not) to come around in a very, very long time…The images are incredibly compelling, layered and sometimes hauntingly quiet.” — Peloton

“What makes Merckx 525 so special is the trove of photographs that document that awesome number. Many of the photos were unknown to Merckx before the project was begun. [The authors] include the history when necessary, but the story is in the images, especially in the face of Merckx.” – Paved magazine

“If you relish the racing history that has helped define the sport, Merckx 525 should be a ‘must have’. The variety of seldom-seen photos that illustrate the book will take your breath away.” — Road Bike Action

“Whether in beautifully judged black & white or shockingly real period colour film, Merckx’s foe-crushing drive glows from almost every photograph.” — Brooks England

“As one leafs through this lovely book, the string of victories becomes overwhelming…It is wonderful to see Merckx in his heyday, with the eternal grin and the pure joy in his face as he crossed the finish line first.” — PezcyclingNews

“Visually stunning…[Merckx 525] delivers some incredible images from various periods of Merckx’s career. Each image is simply dripping in nostalgia…” — Podium Café

Merckx 525 captures the raw effort of bike racing, with the backdrop of Europe as Merckx’s canvas. His life, both private and professional, is laid out for the world to witness.” — Bicycle Times

“…without a doubt the most comprehensive and detailed bio of ‘The Cannibal’ that you’ll find in the English language.” —

“The elves at VeloPress have done it again: this is another one of those must-own books for the cycle-phile on your gift-buying list.” —

“Beautiful and inspirational…Luscious photos.” — Adventure Cycling