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The Climb: My Story Hardcover – International Edition, July 29, 2014
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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.
It was honest, funny, and tragic. Chris openly shared the best and worst of professional cycling. And..gives us hope for a "clean" future.
In Froome's early career, he describes so many disappointments, professional errors, and lost races, you feel frustrated for him and find yourself pulling for him. He fought hard to get where he is and does not forget those who made it possible.
The narrative concerning some of the rivals and managers is blunt and harsh, though likely fair. Some of my favorite pieces of the book are the where we get to see what goes on behind the scenes of some of the Grand Tours. I'll be watching the next TDF routing for Team Sky and Chris Froome, with a far greater appreciation for what the race is like for the riders.
5 stars for the content. 4 stars due to some typos and one glaring date inconsistency. I also found the ending slightly lacking the punch I expected: for someone who'd fought so hard to get onto the professional circuit and then went on to win the Maillot Jaune for the biggest race cycling has to offer, I wanted the ending to reflect the magnitude of what he'd achieved. Instead, it felt like some of the air had seeped out of his tires by this point.
There is no antidote to cynicism and its not possible to prove a negative, which means fine individuals smeared with the same suspicion as genuine scoundrels. The emergence of Chris Froome from apparent obscurity to the top ranks of cycling has been put forth as a reason for suspicion. Yet when you read this fine autobiography his path to his current status is perfectly clear and reasonable. If anything he's written, given his stature, simply didn't happen, the falsehoods would have been exposed within days of its publication.
Chris Froome is a remarkable person with an amazing personal story and the inside story of some of the events that cycling fans have followed closely for the past 5 years or so is fascinating. Let's put it this way: having read his book will make this year's Tour de France far more interesting, if he survives - and if you read his story you will appreciate what a long shot his success will be if he achieves it. An inspiring story combined with an excellent tutorial on contemporary sport cycling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the story - written for smooth easy reading. As a fellow African I could live vicariously through the adventures and loved the overall message. Read morePublished 11 days ago
A surprisingly engaging read. Maybe written a couple of years too soon? Would have been great to read the pains of 2014 and recovery in 2015. Read morePublished 20 days ago by HKWrighty
Some of the previous reviewers didn't enjoy the stories from Froome's childhood. I found those parts the best part of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory P Dreyer
I loved this book. It was very insightful into the biking life of Chris Froome and gives the reader an interesting picture of elite cycling. Good read.Published 2 months ago by Bookworm
Have all new respect for Chris Froome. A fun read that I looked forward to picking back up each evening. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jimmyray8
Full of interesting anecdotes and insight - no wonder he succeeds after such an upbringing. A touch defensive and self justifying at times but I guess he has been forced into that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dave Shaw
Well told autobiography of a professional bicycle racer who convinces me that he has the determination and work ethic to ride at the highest level of his sport. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caroline Warnock
Well written and interesting, especially if you are a cycling fan.Published 4 months ago by Linda Frazer
An inspiring tale on his road from South Africa to the tour de France. Goes to show how tough cycling really is. A great read.Published 4 months ago by Alexander Wong