Heroes, Villains and Velodromes: Chris Hoy and Britain's Track Cycling Revolution Hardcover – 15 Sep 2008
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‘This is an absolutely must-read book…Moore has cleverly used the very cogent words of others to paint a picture of real characters within a new order’ Graham Obree, Scotsman
‘A cracking story…I couldn’t put it down’ Hugh Porter, BBC cycling commentator
‘Like its hero, this book is the real McHoy.’ Scotland on Sunday
‘An excellent book’. The Sunday Times
‘…an inspiring tale. And in Richard Moore it has a splendid chronicler.’ Independent on Sunday
‘This is a must-read book that tells a story that had to be told.’ The Scotsman
‘…a gripping inside story of how Team GB’s cyclists rode to glory.’
Independent on Sunday
From the Author
This is the story of Chris Hoy, Olympic, world and Commonwealth champion - arguably Britain's greatest ever track cyclist - and the evolution of the world-beating team of which he is such an integral part.
That is a good question. Just how did Chris Hoy, who was first inspired to race bikes by the BMX `chase' scene in the film ET, go on to become one of the all-time greats?
One word: persistence.
Hoy tried everything: he raced BMX for years, then mountain bikes... then he dabbled in road racing and time trialling, while also playing rugby (captaining Edinburgh schools) and rowing (and winning a silver medal in the British schools' championship)... when he eventually tried track cycling, though it was obvious that this was the sport to which he was best suited, few would have predicted how good he would become...
Hoy was fortunate to emerge when he did. In 1997 British Cycling won the lottery. Like other sports, it received a cash windfall from the new National Lottery - but cycling arguably put it to better use than other sports, establishing a programme that would propel Britain's cyclists from zeros to heroes - from being the laughing stock of world cycling to the leading superpower.
By the 2008 world championships, in Manchester, Britain had become the world's top track cycling nation. And a key figure in this revolution has been Chris Hoy.
Heroes, Villains & Velodromes tells the story of Chris Hoy's years as a budding BMX-er, mountain biker and road cyclist... and his early career as a track cyclist.
It also tells the story of the British track cycling revolution - who was behind it, who is involved today and what makes them so good - including the secret development of cutting-edge equipment, the equipment `arms race' that goes on between teams, and the psychological warfare of international track cycling.
It is a story of sporting success, skulduggery, suspicions of systematic doping, psychiatry (the British team employ a clinical psychiatrist whose previous work was in a high security hospital)... and of heroes, villains and velodromes.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
This book will whet your appetite for the Beijing Olympics, and give you confidence that Team GB are in wonderful hands.
I particularly enjoyed all the facts and figures. For example; Bolivia having the longest runway in the world,Chris Hoy's winning margin of five hundredths of a second equating to 2.3cm.
A excellent profile on Chris and all concerned with his success.
Perfectly explained even to someone who is not of the cycling fraternity and I would recommend it to cycling fans and newcomers alike. Well done to the author on this account alone.
Hoy comes across a phenomenal athlete, ferocious competitor but also a genuinely nice guy who's dedicates hiimself completely to his sport, not for the money but for the thrill of winning and being a champion.
In today's money obsessed world of sport where even the most mediocre of premiership footballers can earn a small fortune, that is something truly awe-inspiring.
As one reviewer said there will probably be a re-release or additional chapters added to the paperback version to cover events in Beijing which you might want to wait for. However i would say that this insightful, well researched and engaging book is definitely worth buying.
Only 4 stars for two reasons.
1. Given his recent Olympic Haul there's bound to be a re-release with an added chapter so you might want to wait for that.
2. The book doesn't really delve into Hoy's relationship with other cyclists especially the other stars on the British team like Wiggins, I would have been interested to hear more about the interactions between the various disciplines within track cycling.
The book is well researched and written, as I said my main problem is it is a biography Vs an autobiography and the autobiography wins. Especially as it has not been extended to includes (now Sir Chris') great 2012, where as this book stops at the end of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. I also would have like to hear more about the other riders and the GB cycling team. This is a biography of a great athlete, but that is what it is and that is what it should be called.
All in all I did like this book but I would recommend that any fans of Sir Chris Hoy read his own book written by himself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
really enjoyable read but then he is one of my heros. What a great guy. He is a big supporter of youth cycling.
A great gift for any cyclist.
A good honest and unbiased view of the early days of team GB and Peter Keen's legacy. Although its understandable that with lottery funding the pursuiters would be the best bet for... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Coppi7
Interesting insight into a sporting great And cycling as a sport.Published 18 months ago by Ralph Dorey
We are both keen cyclists even though we are approaching our dotage. Enjoyed this insight enormously. Bye, I am off on my bike!!Published on 8 Nov. 2013 by mrs dorothy brewster