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Project Rainbow: How British Cycling Reached the Top of the World [Hardcover]

Rod Ellingworth
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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

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. (

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).


Book Description

Project Rainbow is a thrilling and inspiring story of British sporting success.

About the Author

Having represented GB from 1989 until his retirement in 2001, Rod Ellingworth founded and ran the GB Cycling Academy. Then, alongside Dave Brailsford and Fran Millar, he was instrumental in creating Team Sky in November 2008. William Fotheringham has been the Guardian's cycling correspondent since 1994. He has covered 22 Tours de France and four Olympic Games and his published work includes the best-selling biographies Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson and Merckx: Half-Man, Half-Bike. Most recently, he co-wrote Bradley Wiggins's bestselling memoir My Time.
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