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The Climb: The Autobiography by [Froome, Chris]
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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: 33195 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HRKZ6EQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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If this book was made into a film and you watched it you wouldn't believe it. It is just amazing that a young cyclist from an African village could the leader of top professional team.I enjoyed the whole book right from his childhood in Africa to winning the Tour de France.
The high points were his entering the under 23 World championships from Kenya as the sole manager/mechanic/cyclist, his dedication in training, finishing the TDF in 2008 despite being part of a poor Barloworld team and most of all his relationship with Bradley Wiggins.
In-team rivalries are horribly fascinating whether it was Bartali/Coppi, Hinault/Le Monde, Armstrong/Contador or Froome/Wiggins. The Sky team do not make many mistakes but one was the team not supporting the in form and race leader Froome in the Vuelta in 2011. Instead Froome was ordered to ride for Wiggins and could only finish second with Wiggins third.
Some questions remain,why was Wiggins not selected for the 2014/5 TDFs.
Froome always comes across as a gentlemen and this book is in that frame, I couldn't put it down.
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Before I read this I had a very different picture in my head of the kind of guy Froomey is. I took time to warm to him as a character based on the newspaper's version of the man. Having read this I may still not know The Real Chris Froome, but I certainly like and respect the guy in the book a whole lot more.
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As an avid cycling and Tour de France fan, I purchased this to find out more about Chris Froome.

It is a very interesting read, especially the chapter describing the 2012 Tour de France. There are some very insightful accounts regarding Froome and Wiggins and the chance to win the Tour.

The book charts Froome rise from gangly teenager racing down the roads in Africa to joining Team Sky and winning the Tour de France.

I recommend this to all cycling fans!
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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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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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