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8 Nov 2012

On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins made history as the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. Ten days later at the London Olympic Games he won the time trial to become his country's most decorated Olympian. In an instant 'Wiggo', the kid from Kilburn, was a national hero.

Two years previously, however, Wiggins had been staring into the abyss. His much-hyped attempt to conquer the 2010 Tour de France had ended in public humiliation. Poor results and indifferent form left him facing the sack from Team Sky. And then he was hit with the tragic news of the death of his granddad, George, the man who had raised him as a young boy. At rock bottom, Wiggins had to reach deep inside himself and find the strength to fight his way back.

Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people's champion. In My Time he tells the story of the remarkable journey that led him from his lowest ebb to win the world's toughest race. In his own words he reveals the personal anguish that has driven him on and what it's like behind the scenes at Team Sky: the brutal training regimes, the sacrifices and his views on his teammates and rivals. He talks too about his anger at the spectre of doping that pursues his sport, how he dealt with the rush of taking Olympic gold and above all what it takes to be the greatest.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; 1st Edition edition (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022409212X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224092128
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bradley Wiggins is the Olympic gold-medal winning cyclist who has achieved all there is to achieve in his sport. The new PB edition of 'In Pursuit of Glory' contains material on the 2009 Tour De France.

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"Revealing and compelling... Events that we thought we'd seen from every angle are given a fresh twist" (Tim Lewis Observer)

"Like the man himself, captivating" (Simon Yeend Daily Express)

"We get raw thrilling Wiggins, as if we're his mates in the pub as he tells us how he won the Tour de France and Olympic gold for afters" (Nick Pitt Sunday Times)

"Listening to Bradley Wiggins is a pleasure unmatched in British sport. Whether the topic is gearing or psychology, Wiggins speaks in paragraphs of pure practical wisdom, liberally peppered with swearwords... The latest reflections from the sage of Kilburn ring true and clear" (Rowland Manthorpe Sunday Telegraph)

"It bristles with details of his sinew-straining dedication and the almost maniacal attention to detail that powers any athlete to legend status" (Charlotte Heathcote Sunday Express)

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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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3 of 3 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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6 of 7 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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28 of 34 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
what a story,a true inspiration for any budding cyclist to get out on their bikes, couldn't put it down.brilliant,going to read it all over again.
Published 2 days ago by Andrew jenkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars First half boring, second half I gave up
A blow by blow account of the lead up to each race and then a very detailed account of what happened in the race itself. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I'm not usually much of a reader, but Bradley's drive for success and self centred approach to winning drove me to purchase and enjoy this book. Read more
Published 26 days ago by andyjones59
4.0 out of 5 stars A real insight into the commitment needed to be a world class athlete.
The inside view on the pressures and effort that the professional athlete needs endure to get to the top of his game. A fascinating read that I enjoyed.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Peter Crosland
3.0 out of 5 stars good read...ish
Ok, very technical and a bit self obsessive, would have been good to have a bit more of a story, but hey I guess he's earned the right to boast...
Published 1 month ago by Dave Baldwin
3.0 out of 5 stars A different world....
Coming from the perspective of a 1940/50s time trialist I found myself in a foreign land. The drug saga didn't exist in or world and we covered huge mileages as a matter of course... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Mackay
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly strung together from a series of telephone interviews
This could, and should, have been far more interesting but it simply stumbled from interview snippet to loosely edited quote and back again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Higgs Boson
4.0 out of 5 stars Biking legend
As I enjoy biking and following Brads exploits this was an essential read. Fascinating insight to training, competing and the single minded desire to win
Published 2 months ago by bogman777
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A candid, but inspiring read. 'Sir' Bradley tells the tale of his success in The Tour and Olympics in an open and easy to read style. A great book by a very normal super Athlete!
Published 2 months ago by John A. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave
Humility and pride of a sporting legend comes through great book by a great Briton
Inspires you to just go out and ride
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