|Competing in Gliders
- Winning With Your Mind
Authors: Leo and Ricky Brigliadori
Translated from Italian to English by Angela Elinor Sheard MA
Paperback, 120+ fantastic full color photos (50+ double page
spreads). 79 tables and/or color graphs, 383 pages, Copyright 2009
Dimensions: 6.42 x 9.25 x 0.83 inches
(163 x 235 x 21 mm)
Forward by Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon
A book for everyone!
Two international champions, father and son, transmitting not only
the extraordinary wealth of experience they have gained in decades
of gliding contests all over the world, but, by making the person
central to the discourse, offering us much more than the title of
this book might suggest.
instructional manual for winning gliding competitions, it is a
veritable gold mine for passionate followers of this sport, but the
enthralling narrative style, rich in anecdote, will fascinate all
those who love flight.
is, above all, the analysis of the human qualities universally
necessary to winning, such as curiosity, tenacity, self-knowledge,
which makes this book of great general interest: the authors, in
revealing the secrets of competing in gliders, succeed in conveying,
however elegantly disguised, their reflections on confronting quite
different battles in life.
As you can see by viewing the table of
contents, this is an extremely complete and well done book. An
excellent investment. This is more than a book about flying - the
mind techniques described apply to any sphere of life, covering
self-motivation, team work and how to overcome failures and
disappointments to come back fighting the following day. A must for all
gliding enthusiasts, whether as a manual for flying safely to success,
inspiration for the future competition pilot or simply a wonderful read
about interesting places, people and adventures.
This book has been extremely popular.
In my opinion, it ranks in the top 5 soaring books and has much in
common with (but goes beyond) the great "Cross-Country Soaring"
book by Helmut Reichmann
In addition to the excellent text, this book contains more than 100 very
nice soaring photos - reproduced in high quality. I think it is
worth the price just for the photos.
Why a second edition?
by Leo and Ricky, February, 2009
This handbook of sport gliding was
born in 2004. Since then, several significant things have
changed on the international competition scene. We thus took
advantage of the two foreign language editions, in German and the
most recently 2nd Italian edition, to bring in the updated,
improvements and inclusions that have become necessary.
So the need arose to make sure that
the English speaking glider pilots were not denied access to these
significant updates. We set about revisiting the various
topics, including and most especially the part regarding
psychological aspects and the training in making winning decisions.
We have tried to explore new frontiers of the competition pilot's
brain and mind and feel confident that we have finally completed the
necessary in-depth study of the subject.
We have taken the opportunity to
replace the lower-quality photographs and have added some new and
highly-spectacular ones to make reading this book more enjoyable
since it could, otherwise, be considered quite hard work!
In addition, as authors, we wanted the book to reflect what we
consider to be the real essence of gliding: to give the excitement
of conquest, freedom and contemplation that perhaps no other sport
is able to give.
The new 2nd edition became available in
2009. A lot has been updated and improved in this edition.
Many errors and typos were corrected and new photos added. There
are new chapters and updates to many existing sections. Below is a
list of the new sections.
- Part 1: Technique
- Chapter 6: Flying as an
individual or as a team?
- Strengths and weaknesses of
- What's important for
generating and maintaining flow in the pair?
- The alignment of performance
in pair flying
- Chapter 8: New forms of
- The Grand Prix
- The match race
- Part 4: Human Factors
- Chapter 5: The mental
and decision making process
- The opportunities
- Is rationality
- Intuition and state
- Beyond state of
- Chapter 6: The
- Strategies and
- How to train
Examples of new photos are the three from
Chile (Aconcagua at 7500 m, Diana and Ande chain with cloud street);
then there are 12 other new nice photos including those from the last 30
WGC (World Gliding Cup) in Rieti, Italy.
Should owners of the 1st Edition buy the
Those that enjoyed the first edition will definitely appreciate the
updates (throughout the book), new sections (see list above) and new
photos. You may want to buy the 2nd edition and donate your 1st
edition copy to some young glider pilot or someone just diving into
cross-country soaring and/or racing.