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Project Rainbow: How British Cycling Reached the Top of the World Hardcover – 17 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571303498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571303496
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those who have grown into cycling with the success of Great Britain on the track and tarmac, and now with Team Sky, this is the story behind the results. The fly-on-the-wall documentary, the insider account of arguably one of the biggest success stories in British sporting history - and it ends with the tantalising prospect of more to come. (Colin Henrys roadcyclinguk.com)

If you have any interest at all in how Britain became a major force in modern day road and track cycling, I doubt there has been a finer explanation or testament published. Not only is it exceptionally well written without pretension or flourish, but it fills many of the historical gaps relating to Britain's place in top level, international cycling in the 21st century. (thewashingmachinepost.net)

While it works as a stand-alone books Project Rainbow also serves as additional insight into some of the other books written on this subject.

But really, for me, the most valuable insights to be gained from Project Rainbow are into the life of a coach and how a good coach can go about getting the best out of the riders he has to work with. That, I think, is the key purpose of Ellingworth's story. This is not tittle-tattle from an insider, an anecdote-laden account of working with stars like Mark Cavendish: it's a manual for aspiring coaches (and - it must also be admitted - also a book for Team Sky's legion of fans in the business world who are tired of Sun Tzu and the likes of Who Moved My Cheese and want a management manual that draws lessons from cycling).

(podiumcafe.com)

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Project Rainbow, by Rod Ellingworth, is a thrilling and inspiring story of British sporting success.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian Franklin on 25 Oct. 2013
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Hey Rod: You have written an engrossing and enthralling book here. Your descriptions of all the emotions involved ring true, indeed it's as if you were sitting in my study telling me the story without having written anything down. That's how a good book should feel and you have that great writer, WF, to thank for the skills he bought to the table. But Faber, your publisher, could employ more experienced proof readers. The book is let down by frequent errors of punctuation and the odd typo. However, it doesn't distract from the absorbing content. Thanks for writing this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stoveboy78 on 24 Mar. 2015
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Great book for any one who is involved in coaching, I oversee the training of apprentice chefs, I found this book excellent for building standards and imparting discipline and values into young people.

Rod comes accross as a real gem to work for; " give me everything" and I will give you everything.

If you are intrested in cycling this book is facinating and obviously covers the most incrediable and successful period in British Cycling history, a time I persoanlly thought I would never see.

The book has a few errors as others have pointed out but judging by own grammer on here I will just focus on the outstanding content,
I didnt want to buy it when it first came out I was concerned it would all be a bit Alpha or a bit male, Victoria Pendeltons constant complaint about BC,
I was pleasantly surprised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Val G on 8 Dec. 2013
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I loved this book, I've already read it twice. A fascinating insight into the role of a top coach. And, of course, ending with a great result. Perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Stone on 4 Nov. 2013
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Inspiring read, explains why Britain has become the best in the world. Well written and a must for anybody into any type of sport
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon J P Connellan on 10 Nov. 2013
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Well worth a read, no holds barred background to British Cycling and Mark Cavendish Rainbow Jersey attempt in 2011, and the Olympics
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roofrack on 2 Nov. 2013
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This book brings home the whole long-term strategy that underpins British Cycling and Team Sky. Thoroughly recommended and the lessons for riders and coaches alike are valuable, well-proven and worth taking on board.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ticklemouse on 23 Feb. 2014
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I read this book as I have an interest in cycling and wanted to get the story behind the 2011 world's win. This book delivered that and more as it also shares tips and techniques for coaching and performance that can be used in any walk of life. Highly recommended.
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It's much more the material than the quality of the writing which makes this book - the subject is a fascinating tale that's of interest to more than just cycling fans about how to revolutionise an endeavour with new methods and expertise taken from other fields.

The story is by now fairly well known and this isn't the best written of books in what is therefore a competitive field, but it's still a fairly solid and interesting introduction to how British road race cycling made its name and revolutionised the sport.
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