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25 Oct 2012

Fully updated to include Sir Chris Hoy’s incredible, record-breaking golds at London 2012 (making him his country’s greatest ever Olympian), this is the story of a sporting legend in his own words.

Fully updated to include Sir Chris Hoy’s incredible, record-breaking golds at London 2012 (making him his country’s greatest ever Olympian), this is the story of a sporting legend in his own words.

This 33-year-old cycling fanatic from Murrayfield in the suburbs of Edinburgh defied the doubters who thought he would struggle when his specialist discipline, the 1km time trial, was dropped from the Olympics, and went on to reinvent himself as a track cycling sprinter and triple Olympic gold medallist in Beijing. His return to these shores sparked unprecedented celebrations and real admiration that here was a role model who was the epitome of all things that are good in sport.

What makes a champion in sport? In his autobiography, Hoy returns to his roots as a child fully engaged with the BMX craze of the Eighties; when, even as a seven year old his will to succeed allied to an unyielding mental strength set him apart from other youngsters of his age. A promising rower and rugby player in school, it was when he joined his first local cycling club and spent most weekends of the year competing in national events from Blackpool to Bristol that the seeds of his future career were sown.

With the devoted support of his family, Hoy drove himself to the pinnacle of his sport at the same time as British track cycling established itself as a pioneering force on the world stage.

In the wake of his unparalleled achievements at London 2012, which filled the whole country with pride, there is no sporting icon better placed to demonstrate what it takes to reach the top than Chris Hoy.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000731132X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007311323
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,842 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Straightforward and Honest 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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5.0 out of 5 stars a long story 11 Dec 2012
By gb
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Guy but no author! 11 Jan 2014
By Ben
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary yet grounded 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Role model for so many...and no wonder 13 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Knight of the Track 2 Nov 2009
By Neutral VINE VOICE
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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4.0 out of 5 stars AN EYE OPENING AUTOBIOGRAPHY 7 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read-would definately recommend
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Published 12 days ago by wower
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed Chris's story, it's honest, funny and informative. This is a must read.
Published 18 days ago by Miss Colleen Newton
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all as described -ok
Published 1 month ago by Jackthelad1951
5.0 out of 5 stars As Expected
Very good book interesting read, clear and to the point like the man himself. His comments about the junior BMX scene are interesting including some of the names who also took... Read more
Published 4 months ago by littlet
5.0 out of 5 stars very good condition
The book arrived very quickly and in excellent condition. Haven't had a chance to read it yet but i will not be disappointed.
Published 4 months ago by Trina
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It.
A great book and I was sorry to reach the end. It was informative and very exciting in places. His detailed description of the races was great - I felt I was there with him sharing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anya
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This was a purchase for my husband to read on his new Kindle e-Reader, he was really pleased with the purchase and enjoyed reading this book.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. J. A. Archer
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirafion
A excellent ambassador for the sport of cycling he deserves all the success he has achieved and will help any up and coming cyclist
Published 9 months ago by Jones1
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, can't put down read.
What a genuinely nice guy and totally dedicated sportsman.
The way the book flows is very easy to read and just keep on reading. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J MCFARLANE
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