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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport; First Edition edition (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007311311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007311316
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Chris Hoy:

‘It’s hard to think of a more deserving recipient of success than Chris Hoy’ Guardian

‘Who is my sporting hero?' It's Chris Hoy.' He's an inspiration…a real role model’ Team-mate Victoria Pendleton

‘To appreciate Hoy, you need to understand his exercise of self-control, plus those nagging doubts, for it is this potent combination that has driven him to such heights’ The Times

About the Author

Chris Hoy was born in Edinburgh in March 1976. He represented Scotland at junior level for BMX and rowing, and joined his first cycling club, Dunedin CC, in 1992. He began focusing on track racing and joined the City of Edinburgh Racing Club a couple of years later. Chris has been a member of the British track cycling squad since 1996. He has a degree in applied sports science from the University of Edinburgh. He has four Olympic gold medals to his name, nine World Championships, and two Commonwealth Games golds. He received a knighthood in 2009.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Aug 2010
Format: Paperback
Solid, straightforward and honest. That's how I would describe both this book and its author. One of the best autobiographies I have read. A lovely clear and very readable style brings out the occasions and the man. My admiration for the 'real McHoy' has only increased after reading the book - couldn't put it down. (And I've noted that we are the same height, same weiht, almost share the same birthday - but he has 30 years on me. No wonder I'm not as fast!) If you have the slightest interest in cycling, sport or the Olympics this is definitely a must read - and before 2012!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gb on 11 Dec 2012
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Sir Chris has written a long story, well written, and added a brilliant account of 2012 that brings back the memories but from a different perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neutral VINE VOICE on 2 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sporting autobiographies are often disappointing for many reasons. They are brought out too early, or too late, in an athlete's career and are ghost written for monetary reasons often by people with little or no insight of what it means to be a professional sports person. Chris Hoy's autobiography is different and of much better quality. Perhaps this is because while Hoy's achievement of three medals at the Beijing Olympics is not necessarily the pinnacle of his career, it was the culmination of 25 years cycling which, for a 32 year old, is a substantial part of his life.

Hoy started out in BMX racing as a seven year old, a sport he gave up seven years later when he realised he wasn't enjoying it. During those years he learned a number of lessons which, as a coach, I constantly try to get over to parents. Natural ability is not enough. Talent will only take you so far after which everything is down to hard work, mental preparation and self belief. As Hoy writes, "Talent, as far as I am concerned, can in some cases be a nebulous, even damaging, notion; it can be a hindrance rather than a help....It was my potential, rather than my talent, that excited and inspired me, driving me on." Winning as a youngster was useful, knowing there is always someone else to beat was better.

In addition to top class preparation - and the decision to locate the top performers in one location where there are first class facilities - Hoy acknowledges the psychological assistance he has received. Professional sport is about controlling the emotions (soccer seems to be an exception) in order to concentrate on the task in hand. There's also reference to nature of the physical effort involved in racing which doesn't come across on television. As one top class athlete said to me, "It's hard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Napier on 13 Nov 2009
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I bought Chris Hoy's autobiography as a coming home present for my son, who has just broken the world record for cycling solo from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Chris has inspired my son in recent years and, I'm sure, many other young people in the UK, to really work towards their dream. The book is the story of an ordinary lad with an extraordinary talent and the ability to really graft hard towards fulfilling his own dream. I imagine Chris Hoy will continue to put every bit of effort into everything he strives for in the years to come, and I've no doubt he will succeed in every aspect of his life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben on 11 Jan 2014
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Chris is a great guy and obviously a worthy champion. But like so many other sports auto bio's not the most compelling reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 2 Aug 2013
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I had heard lots about Sir Chris Hoy reading other autobiographies, and in the news. The strange thing is despite being a great athlete, ambassador and a celebrity there was never a bad word about him from anybody. Then I saw his own interviews and he came across as a gentleman and nice grounded sort of fellow. Could this really be Brittan's most successful athlete? Yes it can!!! I was so good to read a book that is so positive. I became a bigger fan of Chris Hoy after reading this book.

Chris show his scientific background and takes a very analytical approach to writing this book. Talking about how hard work will overcome talent any day of the week. The determination and sacrifice to become a great athlete, yet being grounded, relatable and respected enough by his peers and fans alike to become an ambassador and leader of his sport. Even better this book is extended to capture his London 2012 exploits and accolades.

In his recent retirement Sir Chris said he left it all on the track. He writes this book with the same kind of passion and commitment he show to his sport. As a reader I thought I felt all the emotion Chris felt in his races, without the pain or painful side effects. Coming from an endurance background I have been trying to learning more amounts sprinting to become more explosive in my training and exaction. This book covers everything from the physical to mental toughness needed to become an athlete. Great book by a great bloke.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Martin on 2 Feb 2013
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Interesting read but would have liked more detail about his training schedule and what it takes to get to that level
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Unfortunately I borrowed the book that was not up-dated to include The London Olympics of 2012,however, the copy that I read covered the development of Chris Hoy as a cycling champion of the velodrome. Chris wrote honestly about the trials and tribulations of his rise from BMX'S to world champion cyclist on the track. This book is of interest to the non cycling specialists as Chris goes into details about the philosophy of sport, and the aspects that need to be considered when trying to win races. His comments on talent versus hard work were revealing, also his insight into drugs in the modern sporting world.
Chris comes across as a good role model for any sportsman to follow. It is definitely worth reading as it provides insight, and also it is enjoyable to read.
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