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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (June 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241004187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241004180
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this engaging memoir, Froome recalls his childhood in Nairobi, gives a vividly evoked account of his victory and doesn't attempt to gloss over the rivalry between the two Team Sky riders Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year Hard to beat for a top pro's perspective Financial Times Froome's story is an intriguing one -- Richard Williams Guardian A brutally tough upbringing -- Paul Kimmage The key to (Chris's) success is his mental resilience. He might look like an unlikely strong man at first glance, but I wouldn't let that fool you. Beneath the surface there is a real fighter. He's a tough guy -- Sir Dave Brailsford Chris Froome is an absolutely phenominal athlete. It blows my mind how incredible his performances have been -- Victoria Pendleton Even though we don't see each other so much anymore he has lived in my dreams. He (was) wearing the yellow jersey every day and I almost felt I was wearing it myself -- David Kinjah, Chris Froome's former cycling mentor and coach, Safari Simbaz Just a few years ago we did not have anyone who could podium, but now we have two cyclists who can win the Tour in consecutive years. It is a phenomenal achievement and what Chris has done is phenomenal -- Sir Chris Hoy

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It's an easy read.
Mark
Yet a combination of crazy determination, miraculously good fortune, and incredibly hard work combined to make it actually happen.
Daniel J. Connelly
One of the most honest books on professional cycling I have read with a lot of funny incidents...
David Andrews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Brown on June 12, 2014
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I love reading about how the top pro's got to where they are and I've read Wiggo's, Cav's, Hoy's, Lizzie Armitstead and Micheal Hutchinson's works but this book bored me. If you want to understand that Chris liked keeping snakes and fighting turkeys then this book might be for you - the first four chapters cover his schooling in Kenya and then his err schooling in South Africa and then of course there are pages and pages on how to keep a python. I found myself skipping pages and pages of uninteresting detail of Mr Froome's childhood. Although he is undoubtedly one of the greatest cyclists the UK/Africa has ever produced an exciting read this is not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nedra Atwood on June 11, 2014
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I had a hard time putting this book down
It was honest, funny, and tragic. Chris openly shared the best and worst of professional cycling. And..gives us hope for a "clean" future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Connelly on June 18, 2014
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When I reviewed Bradley Wiggins "My Time", which was really an excellent book, I gave it only 4 out of the Amazon maximum 5 stars because while I really enjoyed it, it was perhaps missing that little bit which would make it truly at the top of the genre. If I was teaching a class in bicycling literature, for example, I don't think it would make the short list.

That cannot be said of Froome's book, written primarily by David Walsh, which is really remarkable. The description of Froome's history, from Kenya to South Africa to Italy to Monaco (racing for a UK team) is an absolutelhy remarkable one. There's no way, simply no way, he should have been expected to have had the opportunity to become a pro cyclist. Yet a combination of crazy determination, miraculously good fortune, and incredibly hard work combined to make it actually happen.

A common reaction to Froome is "how did he come out of nowhere to win the Tour de France?" This book describes that. It was perhaps the most consistently addictive biography I've read. 5 stars for this one is no-brainer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Brandfas on July 15, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. Was not a huge Froome fan before (didn't dislike him either, just indifferent) but after reading his story it's hard not too root for the guy. He had such an interesting childhood and for the reviewer who did not like those sections, I found them to be the meat and potatoes of the story. Hearing what exactly was going on in the tour with Wiggins was also very interesting. I want to read Wiggins account now so I can compare them although I'd be inclined to believe Froome's account. Also, the insight to how Team Sky operates is very interesting. I have no trouble believing that they would be very "plan oriented" and by design unable to switch up if things do not go according to plan. All in all, one of the better books on cycling to come out in the last year or so. Although he did take a few shots at Armstrong it was refreshing to read a cycling book that was not page after page after page of Armstrong bashing.
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I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book. It tells an amazing story of Froome's ambition, work ethic, training, learning how to race, and gaining confidence in himself. Froome comes across as likeable, an underdog who refuses to give up. I especially liked the blow-by-blow descriptions of the races, the strategy and the battle with pain and fatigue. Patrick Doherty did a great job narrating the book. One caution: if you are listening to the book while driving on the highway, it is best to set your cruise control, lest you end up driving much faster than you planned as you listen to the races.
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By Peter Howard on August 14, 2014
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Written of course "with" well known cycling author and journalist David Walsh but the authentic voice of Chris Froome seems to come through and there's even lots of self-deprecating wit and humour. A great portrait of a man who started from modest circumstances in his Kenyan birthplace and made it to the top of pro cycling by sheer determination, talent and perhaps a bit of luck. Cyclists and cycling fans will enjoy this and even non cyclists will come away with an insight into the personalities, tactics and strategy at the top level of the sport.
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By Tim Kassen on September 26, 2014
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I have a ridiculous obsession watching cycling and cycling along on my recumbant (cheaper than the Le Tour trainer) so I know the top players.....NOT. I had not read any of the books by any other cyclists so I loved getting insight into what got some cyclists where they are. I enjoyed the early life stories because it laid a foundation for who Chris Froome is and how far back his heart, passion and devotion began. The writing seemed honest, sincere, and often times seriously funny. Oh Froomey!
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A book from the heart. From humble beginnings at the bottom of the Rift Valley to the top of Mt Ventoux. An awesome read, hard to put down. One of the most honest books on professional cycling I have read with a lot of funny incidents...
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