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Bradley Wiggins: My Time: An Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Bradley Wiggins
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"Euphoria does not last forever and so the race is always on to ensure that the books is read for those keen to know of to re-live the spine tingling moments of triumph. My Time is not at all the worst of this kind of output. Indeed, it might be among the best...there is plenty of fascinating detail" -- Alison Rudd The Times "Give sports fans a glimpse into what it takes to win gold" Closer "Fascinating...it covers most levels of Wiggins existence - cyclist, team leader, husband, father, son - during the most important years of his life, with the candour that has become his trademark...co-written by Guardian sports writer, William Fotheringham, who helps to tell the story in the direct but eloquent tone that Wiggins watchers will recognise countless radio and television interviews. It is an absorbing read that covers Wiggins' career from his departure from Garmin to his latest Olympic success. Cycling fans will relish the horse's mouth accounts of the triumphs they have watched unfold this year, while newcomers to the sport, attracted by the man's performances this year, both on and off the bike, should find more to enjoy" -- Timothy John Road Cycling UK "If you love cycling, this makes a very welcome change from the rather saturated market of 'cyclist doping confessions'" Cycling UK "What makes the book special for me is the love of cycling that comes through. His passion for the sport, for its history, his awareness of where he stands in the pantheon of Lycra-clad heroes, and his inability to truly comprehend his achievements all come across in waves. And in typical Wiggins fashion, he doesn't dodge the difficult bits. He talks openly about the latest drugs scandal and the unwelcome role of moral enforcer which has been forced onto him by his newfound standing as Tour winner" Freewheeling France (blog)

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A full-length, in-depth and intimate memoir by Bradley Wiggins charting his journey to become the first Briton ever to win the Tour de France and his country's most decorated Olympian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1725 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0224092146
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (8 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M67470
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Testament To Brailsford 26 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let's be honest - if you're a cycling fan, you will have already had an opinion of Wiggins formed before the events of 2012 unfolded.

In the run up to this year he could be talented, wayward, self deprecating, vaguely self-destructive, passionate, humble, arrogant, and everything else in between. Compared with the other British guys on the scene, he was always a bit of an enigma. He could at times display the passion and eloquence of David Millar, the sheer bloody single mindedness of Mark Cavendish, and - periodically - the humility and affability of Sir Chris Hoy.

Like many, I saw him crash out of the 2011 Tour and thought "Well that's a relief" - his heart didn't seem in it, and Team Sky looked on course to miss their stated goal of winning the premier cycle race within 5 years. Then, early on in the season, things were obviously right at Sky, and more importantly right at the point where it mattered; between Wiggins' ears.

The Tour de France 2012 was, if we're honest, a bit dull - Team Sky just shut the thing down after the first week. But this actually made it more intriguing; it was obviously a team effort, a well oiled machine working at 100%. Perhaps it was also a watershed? The point where the big personalities of old dominated the race through pyramid teams (Merckx, Hainault, Armstrong, etc).

Towards the end of the Tour, it was apparent that Sky could have chosen either Froome or Wiggins to win if they wished.

This is, in essence, what this book is about. Although notionally centred on Wiggins, it really is a narrative of how Team Sky and British Cycling came to dominate 2012 on the road, and on the track.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sporting Insight 13 Nov 2012
By A. Rowe
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to fans of cycling, and to readers who would like to know more about the psychological issues that can affect elite athletes.
I believe Bradley recounted his experiences to William Fotheringham (who `ghosted' the book), and a very personable and understandable character comes to light. That's not to say that Bradley comes across as a deity, as he certainly has his struggles. However he is very honest about what drives him, what his weaknesses are, and this makes his story all the more engaging.
My Time is a flowing read, and the observations and insights really allow the (sometimes) technical world of cycling to become much easier to grasp and understand.
Personally, I particularly enjoyed the anecdotes about the first year of Team Sky, and the frankness with which Bradley admitted he often struggled with the pressure of suddenly being a `Leader', and how he coped (or didn't) with what this entailed.
The book plots a great passage from those dark days of self-doubt to the exultation of Bradley's entrance to the Champs Elysees. Throughout the book, the scale of the dedication, hard graft, and ultimate achievement of winning the Tour really hits home, and this book is an excellent souvenir for those who lived and breathed every KM of this year's Tour.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable - but only just 16 Jan 2013
By ben144
Format:Hardcover
Poorly written and repetitive; I guess it is impressive that they got it published in such a short time, but it would have been better to wait and actually concentrate on getting the content up to scratch. There is clearly a good book in there trying to get out. This feels like a bit of a cash-in on a great year for BW.
It leaves lots of questions unanswered - for example, there are hints that BWs relationship with Chris Froome is not great, but this is never really dealt with openly (for obvious reasons, but we have come to expect a bit more clarity from modern 'warts and all' autobiographies).
Ultimately, most decent books take some considerable time to write, so it is hardly surprising that this is no literary masterpiece. However, with such rich subject matter, this just feels like a missed opportunity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful! 26 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
I started reading this after enjoying Tyler Hamilton's book on drugs and Lance Armstrong (The secret race) which was a revealing account of the skullduggery behind the cycling world. Recommended. However this book by Bradley Wiggens is one of the worst I have tried to read in a while. It appears to be ghostwritten but reads like one long sentence of chat taped from an interview. It badly needs editing. Don't bother- I wanted to like this but gave up after the first 50 pages or so!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring unless u live for cycling 5 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A bit dull really.i expected more humour from Sir Bradley.
He's a national hero for 2012 & his Olympic exploits,I expected more personality & inspiration.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So badly written its hard to pick up 24 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover
A great, inspirational insight into a true British hero.
So why only 2 stars?
A book that is a pleasure to read is hard to put down. This is a struggle to pick up.
It's been rushed into production for the Christmas market. Lots of repetitions, not only from chapter to chapter but even within the same paragraph.
Poorly written, but then William Fotheringham wrote it so why am I surprised. I've not enjoyed his style of writing in any of his books.
If it gets re-written for the second edition (perhaps by an outstanding writer like Daniel Coyle) then this would be a 5* with no hesitation.
Worth reading because it's Brad's story, but it could have been so much better.
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I read Froombe the climb first and very interesting to see two different sides to the Tour De France and the two different personalities!
Published 13 days ago by Lee Avery
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull.
I love Bradley (my favourite rider right now), I love cycling; why did I not like this book much? It is flat, uninspiring, and just a bit dull. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mr. Simon Paddon
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, cycling stories are ace
Thoroughly enjoyed the read. Not fantastically written but hooked from the start. Well done Wiggo. More cycling stories to read.
Published 16 days ago by David Kennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit dull....
To be honest, I'm a little disappointed with this book. It would have been great to get some real insight into the thinking / emotions involved and also a more blow-by-blow... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Lumo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GOOD BOOK
Published 1 month ago by GRAHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!!
Good book, got a better understanding what the tour is about. Very quivk p+p
Published 1 month ago by Gonger28
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