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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780271034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780271033
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Deering was born in Fulham in 1967. He has lived in Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Essex, Sussex, Toulouse and Edinburgh.

He is the author of Team on the Run: the inside story of the Linda McCartney Cycling Team and Bradley Wiggins - Tour de Force.

In conjunction with the talented photographer Phil Ashley he produced 12 Months in the Saddle. The pair's second project, How to be a Cyclist: An A-Z of Life on Two Wheels was released via Birlinn's Arena Sport imprint in October 2014.

Much of 2013 was spent working with the cycling legend Sean Yates on his autobiography It's All About The Bike.

John is a regular contributor to Ride Cycling Review.

He lives in Richmond-upon-Thames with his Giant Defy Advanced.

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About the Author

John Deerings first book, Team on the Run (Mainstream, 2003), was a study of his time with the chaotic but charismatic Linda McCartney Cycling Team and went on to be voted 5th best cycling book of all time. He has supplied many features to publications such as Procycling, The Official Tour de France Guide and Ride Cycling Review, and contributed regularly to Eurosport s cycling coverage. John is the author of12 Months In The Saddle, due in May 2013 (Carlton Books) and Team on the Run (2003 Mainstream).

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By EmmaG on 21 Oct. 2012
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John Deering is passionate about cycling and he shares his knowledge, drive and enthusiasm with the reader so that by the end of it you want to go out on your bike,cycle up a steep hill wearing a yellow jumper and a pair Wiggins sideburns.....I am not a cycle enthusiast or Tour De France follower but like most Brits I think what Bradley Wiggins has achieved is amazing. Also he is a bit of a cool dude, mod, etc. which helps. I read this book in about 3 days and loved it. It is very accessible for anyone to read and that is the skill of the author. He has made something quite complicated and technical - all the stages of the tour, the different jerseys, the teams, the gradient of mountains accessible and by the end of it you are urging Team Sky and Wiggo past the finish with gusto! The balance of each chapter between each day of the Tour and Bradley's personal biography from birth to present day makes you want to know more and progress to the next stage of the race as well as the next chapter of Wiggin's life. I was captured, I was there, I even shed a tear or two at the end. I would recommend that you buy this book for anyone who likes a good story about a natural born hero for 2012.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oddstuff1 on 27 Nov. 2012
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This is a journalistic look at the 2012 Tour de France and, specifically, the race as raced by Bradley Wiggins. It's a great read if you're a Wiggins fan and followed this year's Tour. Even better if you've been a fan for a while and have been following the Tour for a few years.

Each chapter describes one of the stages and is very evocative. The book is written in a journalistic style, but it works well to bring the race to life. At the end of each chapter is a section on Wiggin's life, gradually moving from his early years through to the 2012 Tour.

As a fan who has watched the Tour and followed Wiggins, Cavendish and Team Sky for several years this really hits the spot and deserved 5 stars. If you didn't watch the 2012 Tour it probably wouldn't be as compelling, but still a good read for anyone interested in cycling and a great sporting achievement.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Holly33 on 10 Oct. 2012
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A really enjoyable and informative read. The book is well written and well researched and I love it :-)Some fascinating 'behind the scenes' info. I would have liked more, higher quality photos, but other than that it comes highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D.W. Noble on 17 Dec. 2012
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Easy to read diary-style entries taking you along the Tour de France route as if you were there. Must read for any cycling aficionado.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By boomdidiboom on 22 Nov. 2012
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I bought this as a light read, which meant that it met my expectations exactly - it passed the time pretty painlessly and didn't take a lot of concentration. However, it is very "tabloid", with lots of emphatic language and relatively cliched expressions, which I sometimes found a bit tiring. I like the mix of "now" - the stage-by-stage unfolding of the 2012 TdF - and the past, of Wiggo and other more historical cycling figures, in the build-up to 2012 or in previous TdFs. I'm going to read David Millar's much darker tome next, so hopefully it'll balance out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David J Swaffield on 11 Dec. 2012
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I am an amateur cyclist having ridden extensively throughout Europe and devour all books on cycling and especially the Tour de France. This is a sportsman who deserves all the accolades heaped upon him for his sheer determination. I recommend this to all people interested in sport.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ian H on 27 Oct. 2012
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Anything about Wiggo's outstanding win is interesting, however, this is very much at the tabloid end of the spectrum. I' m sure there will be other publications which will be of greater interest to the serious cyclist or cycling fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on 17 May 2013
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Probably not as good as his own book. "My Time" but enjoyable all the same. Funny laugh out loud moments make this an entertaining book.
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