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The Climb: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Chris Froome
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The Climb by Chris Froome - the inspirational memoir from the British winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France

The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome's journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey victory in the 2013 Tour de France.

A journey unlike any other in the history of cycling, Froome has crossed continents, overcome the death of his mother and conquered debilitating illness to follow his dreams and represent Team GB and Team Sky. He has experienced soaring triumphs, humbling defeats, a public rivalry with Bradley Wiggins and, most recently, the pressures of Lance Armstrong's legacy.

Extraordinary, revealing and life-affirming, The Climb is a story of determination, hardship and unimaginable success.

Chris Froome was born in Nairobi in 1985 to British parents. He was educated and raised in South Africa and now races for Team GB and Team Sky. In 2011 he finished second overall in the Vuelta a España. In 2012 he finished runner-up to Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and won the Bronze medal in the Time Trial at the Olympic Games. Froome amassed five stage-race victories in 2013, with triumphs at the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine leading into a dominant win at the 100th Tour de France. He won the prestigious Velo d'Or award for best rider of 2013 and was shortlisted for the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. In 2014 he won the Tour of Oman, the Tour de Romandie and finished runner-up in the Vuelta a Espana.

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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)

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  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved your book Chris! 30 Aug. 2014
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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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4 of 4 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
4.0 out of 5 stars What a climb 31 Aug. 2014
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This is the story pf how an innocent young man gets caught up in the furore of the international cycling scene. It is a testament to Chris' upbringing has stood him in good stead but also shows that Sky's chummy approach hides a darker more mercenary side. Saying one thing and meaning another. I'll not look at Dave Brailsfords corporate charm again without a certain amount of cynisism. However Chris comes through as a naive but thoroughly genuine person. Maybe a team change would do him good?
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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 I absolutely loved this book 22 Dec. 2014
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I absolutely loved this book, Thank you for writing it.i come from Kenya too and was born about the same time as Chris's mum, so loads of his descriptions of growing up in Kenya took me right back there. This book speaks of so much more than cycling. The politics of sport, Europe and Africa are there, as a backdrop. The majesty of nature is there, as well as his description of his single minded fight to become the best he can be. It is one of the books I would recommend to anyone. Its message stays with me as in a very tiny way I try to be the best I can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Froomey! 4 Jun. 2015
By Rose
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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 more interested in Chris Froome. His total dedication to the sport is revealed in this book but it also tells the story of his early life in Kenya which is fascinating. Froomey comes across as a sensitive, deep character who never stops appreciating the efforts of those around him, those who have helped and guided him along the way.
I could not put this book down. Excellent!
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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 Surprising, enlightening, and a very good read. 17 May 2015
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book well worth a read
Published 6 days ago by merlin
1.0 out of 5 stars too boring he said
Husband cannot read it, too boring he said !
Published 9 days ago by MRS LISA NURSE
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 3 months ago by Anthony Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Gives a real insight into how determined Chris Froome really is. He may not be the most exciting personality in the peloton, but after reading this book I have gone from being... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr R.E Meinesz
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This guy is a machine great read
Published 4 months ago by MT
5.0 out of 5 stars Froome deserves more credit than he receives after reading book ...
Froome deserves more credit than he receives after reading book. Interesting to hear more about his upbringing and his side of the relationship with Wiggins
Published 4 months ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Apparently a good read, not just about his success.
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