Competing in Gliders:
Winning With Your Mind
Competing in Gliders is written by father and son, Leo and Ricky Brigliadori. Together they have a combined phenomenal 70 years of experience, from rookie competition pilot to World Championship and beyond. This is more than just a book about flying – the techniques described in the book apply to many facets of life, covering; self–motivation, team work, and how to overcome failures and disappointment. This is a must read 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 places, people and adventures we all recognize.
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.
As an instruction 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.
But it is, above all, the analysis of the human qualities universally, necessary to winning, such as curiosity, tenacity , self–knowledge, which make this book of great general interest: the authors, in revealing the secrets of competing in glider, succeeding conveying, however elegantly disguised, their reflections on confronting quite different battles in life."
• Authors: Leo and Ricky Brigliadori
• Edition: 2nd
• Pages: 383 – 120+ Full color photos (50+ double page spreads) and 79 Tables and/or color graphs
• Dimensions: 6.42 x 9.25 x 0.83 inches (163x235x21 mm)
Why a Second Edition?
This handbook of sport gliding was born in 2001. Since then, several significant things have changed on the international competing scene. We thus took advantage of the two foreign language editions, in German and the most recently 2nd Italian edition, to bring in the updates, improvements and inclusion that have become necessary.
So the need arose to make sure that 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.
Leo and Ricky – February 2009