there are a heapa (that means 'a lot') books about cycling, most being serious in nature.
i found one that is historical as well as hysterical.
the unknown tour de france: the many faces of the world's biggest bicycle race, by les woodland, copyright 2000.
it really covers the early days: riders from other villages being chased by pitchfork and torch-wielding villagers supporting the competition, and i'm gonna stop there so's not to ruin it for you.
it has pictures, stories of the riders (some of which make you want to cry), origins of tdf, the bikes and more.
my library has a copy and if yours doesn't, there's interlibrary loan.
on another thread was a second one which i have yet to read (it is on hold at the library) is:
no hands: the rise and fall of the schwinn bicycle company: an american institution, by judith crown
i read another about tdf, but disremember the title. it covered the race through greg lemond/early lance armstrong. i think the cover was yellow (ya THINK? snort). wait-
tour de france/tour de force, by james startt
winter's coming, so's christmas. good reading!
keep scrolling down. other books have been added on, and not just by me.