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The Climb: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Chris Froome
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Book Description

On 26th July 2015, Chris Froome entered the record books. He won cycling's ultimate race - the Tour de France - for the second time.




Taking a double Yellow Jersey was a staggering achievement. This memoir shows just how remarkable it was, given the uphill struggle Froome faced. Growing up in Kenya, biking down mile after mile of dusty road, and staying in a humble tin hut, he developed a fierce passion and determination to win.



The road to Europe was long, gruelling and filled with setbacks - but it prepared him for teamwork as a domestique and then the leap to leader of Team Sky and a shot at winning the Tour de France. In The Climb, written with the renowned investigative reporter David Walsh, he vividly recounts the struggles, the rivalries, the battles, the comebacks. Finally he traces his path to triumph and his mission to help clean up cycling.



Inspiring and exhilarating, it will leave you ready to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be.




'Engaging, vividly evoked' Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year



'What Chris has done is phenomenal' Sir Chris Hoy


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In this engaging memoir, Froome recalls his childhood in Nairobi, gives a vividly evoked account of his victory and doesn't attempt to gloss over the rivalry between the two Team Sky riders (Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year)

Hard to beat for a top pro's perspective (Financial Times)

Froome's story is an intriguing one (Richard Williams Guardian)

A brutally tough upbringing (Paul Kimmage)

The key to (Chris's) success is his mental resilience. He might look like an unlikely strong man at first glance, but I wouldn't let that fool you. Beneath the surface there is a real fighter. He's a tough guy (Sir Dave Brailsford)

Chris Froome is an absolutely phenominal athlete. It blows my mind how incredible his performances have been (Victoria Pendleton)

Even though we don't see each other so much anymore he has lived in my dreams. He (was) wearing the yellow jersey every day and I almost felt I was wearing it myself (David Kinjah, Chris Froome’s former cycling mentor and coach, Safari Simbaz)

Just a few years ago we did not have anyone who could podium, but now we have two cyclists who can win the Tour in consecutive years. It is a phenomenal achievement and what Chris has done is phenomenal (Sir Chris Hoy)

About the Author

Chris Froome was born in Nairobi to British parents. He was educated and raised in South Africa and now races for Team GB and Team Sky. Before he won the Tour de France, he finished runner-up in 2012, when he helped Bradley Wiggins to overall victory.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 32262 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241969425
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HRKZ6EQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved your book Chris! 30 Aug. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I hear so much rubbish about Chris Froome. OK. I'm not a fan and he isn't quite my cup of tea. He doesn't have the glamour or mystery of a Contador, Nibali, Anquetil or a Merckx. But I tell you what. He is a man of huge depth and wide interests. His experiences growing up in Africa as a white boy amongst the black population is intriguing. Here is a man who sees his fellows as fellow humans, not as members of other races. Here is a man who appreciates nature. He knows about snakes, wild animals and all manner of things. He's not a one-track-minded individual. He's got more humanity, common sense, intelligence and goodness than most of the people who post rubbish about him on forums. These qualities shine through his book and turns him from simply a cyclist to a great character. Loved the book. It made me appreciate him so much more. And, before you say anything else, it puts to bed the lie that the trolls on the internet keep repeating about drug use. The man's clean as a whistle. I'm still not a fan. But I do appreciate him. And so should you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!! 10 Aug. 2014
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Having read several cycling books over the last couple of years. I find Chris's autobiography a compelling read and full of great factual comments. It gives a great insight into a young wannabe cyclists world being brought up in Africa and coming up through the ranks and difficulties that professional cycling brings with it.

I would definitely recommend this book to cyclists and would be cyclists. It enlightens you with the push that is required to be the best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, enlightening, and a very good read. 17 May 2015
Format:Hardcover
I was lent this book by a fellow cycling enthusiast and couldn't even be bothered to pick it up for ages as I thought Froome was boring. How wrong can you be! It is fascinating and inspirational from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone, cycling fan or not. It tells you so much about the highs and lows, struggles and joys of following your own dream. And how treacherous some people can be too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jessica 3 Aug. 2014
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Fantastic, really enjoyed it. Good read even for a non cyclist like myself. There's excited, tear and laughter. Would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle giant among professional cyclists 3 Aug. 2014
By scottie
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Fantastic insight to professional cycling. Enthralling book - couldn't put it down - what a gentleman ! Bravo Chris
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 7 Aug. 2014
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Fantastic book, great read, comes across as a very driven guy can see why him and Wiggo don't get on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 1 Aug. 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this autobiography. It was written well and full of interesting cycling info.
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By Mike J
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Having read most of the books available on professional cycling, it makes a change to read of a drug free honest man, Incredible book, put a whole new slant on BW, can't believe he treated CF the way he did, Chris comes over as an honest and loyal person, who has been put upon by Sky and BW and still came out as a gentleman with his honour intact.

Mike
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I have not read this book....
I have not read this book....it was bought as a present for my son who gave it the five stars
Published 5 days ago by tuxedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Allez Froomey
interesting, inciteful and exciting.

I was a Froome fan before reading this and after understanding his journey to get to where he is now I am now a BIG Froome fan.
Published 8 days ago by Big Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 8 days ago by Andre GILARDONI
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book well worth a read
Published 29 days ago by merlin
1.0 out of 5 stars too boring he said
Husband cannot read it, too boring he said !
Published 1 month ago by MRS LISA NURSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Froomey!
This book is a truly absorbing read. The story of this remarkable man is incredible. After watching the somewhat `clinical` win of Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France, I was far... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very nice insight into the roots and progression of one of the sporting greats.
Published 2 months ago by Christopher John Proud
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining read
Published 2 months ago by Halliana
4.0 out of 5 stars Pressie!
Bought as a birthday pressie, as my partner had recently watched a good documentary, happily received.
Published 3 months ago by Susan Ann Whalley
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read from a true champion
Great book, Chris writes with honesty and openness about all aspects of being part of a pro cycling team! Highly recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Anthony Smith
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