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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241004187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241004180
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Franklin on 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 By Sam's Dad on 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 By Jai Watson on 16 Aug. 2014
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A nice back story detailing the humble beginnings of one of Team Sky's most successful Tour de France riders and probably the most unassuming sportsman in the cut throat, unforgiving world of professional road cycling. The story begins in Kenya where Froome was born and raised, many years before becoming a British citizen and gradually moves toward recent times in his long and difficult path to becoming the second ever British cyclist to win the Tour de France (the first was Bradley Wiggins in 2012 of course).
There is alot of focus on the supporting role which Froome played in helping Wiggins to his win the previous year, which makes for interesting reading, although the day by day account of Froome's win in 2013 wasn't so detailed and what should have built to a climax of an outstanding career highlight paled by comparison to a mere factual account of the daily log of stages leading up to his victory. A good read, but let down a little by the ending which lacked the compelling insight into the emotional account of the earlier chapters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Mountford on 13 Aug. 2014
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A wonderful book describing Chris Froomes life growing up through various struggles, good times and bad times, hard hard training and luck and bad luck along the way to becoming a professional cyclist before winning cycling's ultimate prize. It provides insight into moments played out in front of the TV cameras and good to see his point of view. I really enjoyed it, so much so I didn't want it to finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fireball 61 on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jessicaW on 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scottie on 3 Aug. 2014
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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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