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on 24 September 2012
When you watch the Olympics, you have little idea of the person behind the visor. You have no idea that despite their superhuman ability they're fallible. When you read this book it's incredible that Pendleton achieved everything she did.

Crippled by a need to please people, crippled by a sense of lack of worth and intense anxiety, confused at how the person she fell in love with was forbidden by her coaches.

I came out of this book inspired. It's beautifully written by Donald McRae who more than anyone knows how to get to the heart of an athlete. A brilliant collaboration.
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on 8 October 2012
What is so telling about Victoria's great book about her fantastic career is that she fails to thank Shane Sutton and the other chimps at british Cycling who did so much to undermine her as a human being. Successful the British team may be, but they lack understanding, compassion and humanity. I would much rather have those three traits in my life than Sutton & Brailsford's hard-nosed 'nastiness'. At the end of the day there was no need to treat Victoria like that and if they had treated her better, who knows, we may have seen more medals from her.
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on 10 October 2012
It wasnt until i watched her BBC documentary that i had started to take notice of Victoria Pendleton. Her honest insight into what was behind her success actually took me by surprise, shocked in fact. Im sure she wouldnt want anyone to "feel sorry" for her but my heart cried after what her so called confidantes/coaches did on what was supposed to be the best night of her life back in 2008 after winning Olympic gold, was completely outrageous. Clearly a male dominated sport back when she started out was quite obvious and the coaches made it very clear she had to earn their respect and it wasnt until Victoria won her first World gold medal she felt she "belonged" however her inner most demons or "chimp" still made her feel not worthy. I wont drone on too much more but I found once i started to read this eye opening book i couldnt put it down. I may even read this again very shortly. I certainly hope Victoria finds the happiness she so deserves now she is retired and i dont blame her for doing so, i just wish i got the chance to see her in action where she will forever reign "Queen Victoria".
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on 1 November 2012
Brilliant book, easy to read, very moving. Shows you the pain and torment that Victoria Pendleton went through to become a successful world class cyclist and the sexism and insensitivity of the male dominated world of British cycling.
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on 24 September 2012
Thank you Vicky for writing this book. You have such an amazing story to tell. Thank you for revealing all to us. Vicky is so honest and open in this book, nothing hidden. Such a person to look up to, an inspiration to us all. I am looking forward to her signing my book in Cheltenham and of course meeting her. I preordered it so was one of the first to receive a copy. I can't put it down, such a great read.
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on 28 October 2012
Shows what an extraordinary mix of determination and self-doubt, combined with substantial genetic talent, can achieve. Tough doesn't begin to describe Ms Pendleton - she took on pretty much the entire cycling establishment and still emerged with a bouquet of world, European and Olympic titles. Descriptions of her key races are edge-of-the-seat material.

Wow!
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on 23 October 2012
A very interesting career story of perhaps the greatest of British female track riders who comes across as a very normal person but who has suffered from the pressures of top competition more than most. She was surrounded by people with huge ego's and paid the price. A very honest appraisal of her career - noted who she didn't thank at the end of the book!
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on 8 December 2012
Cannot really comment but am sure it will be a big hit on the 25th when her number one fan receives it
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on 10 August 2013
Bought for my wife but she did not find this as interesting as some. The book was well written and would suit anyone with more of an interest in the subject matter.
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on 9 October 2012
This is one of the greatest autobiography I have read, so honest and brutal in some way of what an athlete has to go through to achieve such great things. A must read for all Victoria Pendleton fans!!!
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