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The Climb: My Story Hardcover – International Edition, July 29, 2014

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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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Chris Froome was born in Nairobi to British parents. He was educated and raised in South Africa and now races for Team GB and Team Sky. Before he won the Tour de France, he finished runner-up in 2012, when he helped Bradley Wiggins to overall victory.
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (July 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241004187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241004180
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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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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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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This is an engaging and fascinating insight into the life of Chris Froome. At first, I found myself questioning the relevance of the first four or five chapters, which are filled with much detail about his childhood; however, I realized by chapter six or so onwards that, without this backstory, we would not have the level of understanding required to fully appreciate Chris Froome's professional struggle nor the efforts of all those who have helped him.

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.
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I am an avid cyclist and have been a participant and fan of the sport since the late 1960's. In recent years there have been a spate of books written about the sport by active and former professionals. The code of silence has been broken and many of the books that have emerged in the past few years have truly exposed the inner workings of professional cycling - the good, bad, and ugly.

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.
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