Behind the Stare seeks to
convey the essence of modern professional cyclocross—the players, the
stories, the insights, the paradoxes, the pulse. The book focuses on the
European theater, but integrates the growing American presence in
international cyclocross as well. Using the riders and their ethos as a
starting point, the story widens to encompass archetypal themes of
character, ethics, ambition, and perseverance.
Rather than a “how to” (though aspects
of training and technique work themselves into the narrative), the book
chronicles what it takes to reach the top of the sport by immersing
readers in the lives of the sport’s stars. By getting inside the stories
and lives of the riders (specifically Sven Nys, Erwin Vervecken, Bart
Wellens, Lars Boom, Jonathan Page, and Ryan Trebon), the story becomes
universal, archetypal, and timeless.
The objective is to bring the sport of
cyclocross to the armchairs of American readers. With Louisville hosting
the world cyclocross championships in January 2013, the timing is ripe
for an insider’s look. First person, present tense, episodic, and
telegraphic narration along with strong storyline, literary allusion,
and insight hopefully result in a very good read.