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on 26 December 2012
Let's be honest - if you're a cycling fan, you will have already had an opinion of Wiggins formed before the events of 2012 unfolded.

In the run up to this year he could be talented, wayward, self deprecating, vaguely self-destructive, passionate, humble, arrogant, and everything else in between. Compared with the other British guys on the scene, he was always a bit of an enigma. He could at times display the passion and eloquence of David Millar, the sheer bloody single mindedness of Mark Cavendish, and - periodically - the humility and affability of Sir Chris Hoy.

Like many, I saw him crash out of the 2011 Tour and thought "Well that's a relief" - his heart didn't seem in it, and Team Sky looked on course to miss their stated goal of winning the premier cycle race within 5 years. Then, early on in the season, things were obviously right at Sky, and more importantly right at the point where it mattered; between Wiggins' ears.

The Tour de France 2012 was, if we're honest, a bit dull - Team Sky just shut the thing down after the first week. But this actually made it more intriguing; it was obviously a team effort, a well oiled machine working at 100%. Perhaps it was also a watershed? The point where the big personalities of old dominated the race through pyramid teams (Merckx, Hainault, Armstrong, etc).

Towards the end of the Tour, it was apparent that Sky could have chosen either Froome or Wiggins to win if they wished.

This is, in essence, what this book is about. Although notionally centred on Wiggins, it really is a narrative of how Team Sky and British Cycling came to dominate 2012 on the road, and on the track. The professionalism, the science, the commitment, and the co-ordination of Brailsford and co really stand out - it is no wonder our cycle stars won so much. Through Wiggins' eyes, we are treated to an insight into this - and mightily jealous I am too. There is no hiding the fact that it didn't always work, but I'd have loved to have had the opportunity to have been part of an organisation such as this.

It also goes a long way in explaining all the praise heaped upon British Cycling by the likes of Hoy, Pendleton, Clancey, Storey, Rowsell, Thomas, Cav, Wiggo, Millar, and so on - it really is world class, and the story of Wiggins in 2012 really captures it. Once you read this book, you'll realise that in reality the BMCs, Rabobanks, OPQS, Katusha, and so on were competing against the combined might of British Cycling. It does beg the question as to how were the European teams so amateurish for so long given the money involved in the sport in the continent?

But really, in my opinion, this is an outstanding appraisal of Dave Brailsford's organisation. Wiggins winning what he did in 2012 is because of Brailsford, without him I think Bradley would still be where he was in 2009; talented, but adrift.

Allez Wiggo!
Chapeau Brailsford!
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on 13 January 2017
I have been a Bradley Wiggins fan since his victory days of 2012, a latecomer to his success I bought this book to find out more about the man. I found it interesting to learn about his background and to how he got to where he was. It is a typical autobiography that starts with an interesting chapter of recent times and then goes back to the beginning to build up to the Olympics. It is a warts and all delivery where he discusses some of the more troubling times of his life such as when he wasn't delivering at Team Sky when he first started and even his reluctancy to be in the spotlight about anything other than cycling.

I have owned this book for the last four years and I still find myself going back to it to read about certain parts. I find his approach to life and challenges to be different, admirable and somewhat relatable which has been helpful in my own life.
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on 25 January 2013
Excellent book, by and about a great cyclist. Bradley comes across as a down to earth humble realist. He does not claim to be Superman but someone who relights on hard work. Who has in his own words had the most specular year of his professional career!! The only down side of this book is much more effective if you read (now) Sir Bradley's first book In Pursuit of Glory, to really get a feel of his personality. This book does read more like a memoir. Great memoirs but not an all in one autobiography.

This book starts off in 2010 when Bradley is at the personal and professional lowest point. Then it goes back a year to 2009 where Bradley places 4th in the Tour de France (I think Lance Armstrong place 3rd that year so Bradley might be moved up), showing his potential. Then getting bogged down with team changes, personal tragedy, coaching disputes, to a complete overhaul of his training method and the mythology of cycling training. The reason this is such a big thing is because despite changes in bikes design and aerodynamic improvements cyclists traditionally have the same training schedules as they did in the 70's, simply because it has always been done that way. He started to see gradual improvements, and better results.

Bradley, talks about his feeling for him team mates who trained and sacrificed part of their own lives with him to help him win the 2012 tour. For a sport of individual results there is an amazing about of team work and sacrifice for the team leader. The only other "sport" to do this pro-wrestling where one wrestler put another "over" (lets him win). Bradley talks about the sacrifice his own family had to make to allow him to follow his dream of cycling. Then he talks about the success and highs he feels. He tries to put into words the adrenalin he felt racing in the London Olympics, as I Brit I can feel the energy coming off the page. It takes me back to jumping off the couch every time team GB won a medal. I really did enjoy this book, but I really wish I had read his first book first.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 January 2013
Unless you personally know someone involved, it is hard for the reader to tell how true to life the portrait someone gives of themselves in a memoir is, especially when a ghost-writer is involved.

The picture that Bradley Wiggins paints of himself seems pretty plausible sat alongside his public utterances, and the book's good reception overall suggests that those who know at least someone involved in the story aren't all going round rubbishing it.

That makes the one place where the book really departs from previous public statements all the more interesting: the comments about Chris Froome. Mostly they are gently critical, on the lines of 'he's really talented but he's inexperienced and inconsistent'. The really critical stuff comes with the account of a controversial stage in the Tour de France where the Sky team's plans seemed to break down with Froome and Wiggins not cycling together as a team. Wiggins's account starts off as it he is going to be generous, with many references to confusion and communications problems. But by the end he's being very critical, saying he had no idea of what Froome was up to and he didn't like it - and departing from what he said in public at the time.

The contrast with his accounts of Mark Cavendish are striking. Wiggins and Cavendish have had their fair share of public ups and downs, and the book reflects that - but leaves the reader with a generous picture of Cavendish, placing responsibility for their periods of falling out on them both, and giving us an affectionate account of their joint history.

Overall the book is pretty much about 2012, with earlier events either in cycling or in Wiggins's life only covered is an as much as they are the lead up to his year of miraculous cycling.

It is far from being just a book about the racing on the road. There is a lot about family life and personal stresses outside the races, with the huge pressures that constant training generate. There is not much in the way of cycling jargon, so the non-sporting fan interested in this suddenly high-profile sport in the UK should be able to enjoy the book and learn about the sport.

A fewer reviewers have said they do not like the style. I found the rather workmanlike writing style great; it seems to reflect the way in which Wiggins speaks. He doesn't go for huge verbal flourishes in TV interviews and the book matches that. I think it's the better for that. A shame about some of the repetition and the slightly meandering narrative at times (rushed editing to get the book out quickly perhaps?). Small blemishes, however, that do not take much off the overall book.
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on 14 February 2013
This is probably one of the best cycling biogs that I have ever read. I've got a library of more than 500 books on cycling here and I would put this very close to the top tier of books published about cycling. Why? Because he goes into the ins and outs of his incredible training regime and how things worked out (or didn't at times) and it acts as a real inspiration to us all. He could have followed the usual biography blandness (ie Rob Arnold's book on Cadel Evans) but he chose to show himself as he is. As far as those who doubt his achievements (you see these crazies on net forums all the time) - if you trust the sincerity of this book, as I do, then their is no doubt whatsoever that Bradley and his colleagues race clean. Off course Paul Kimmage is still looking for some nasties behind Brad's achievements and he goes around winding people up about doubting Team Sky - but open your eyes Paul (and the others) - here's a straght from the heart, shoot from the hips, warts and all biog that tells it as it is. Well done Brad. Love you!
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on 14 February 2014
Coming from the perspective of a 1940/50s time trialist I found myself in a foreign land. The drug saga didn't exist in or world and we covered huge mileages as a matter of course - the club used to cycle down to the Royal Albert Hall Best All Round evening, lean the bikes against the wall and then cycle back through the night to Wolverhampton. That's 250 miles or so and we were about 16 then, didn't stop for food or drink either.

So, Bradley gets so involved in the politics, the training and the mind games that I found it hard work by the half way point.
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on 30 July 2013
Thought I would enjoy reading this after the great year Wiggins has had and the hero he has become. The book just seemed to waffle a bit and there was too much detail that it took ages to get going and get to any interesting sections. I am no bike enthusiast so maybe it would appeal to more of a bike racer. I just wanted to read a bit about the man himself and his training. If you are a cycling nut this book would be a good book for you! If you are not like me you may not enjoy it.
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on 31 January 2013
Only one person knows Bradley Wiggins, and that's Bradley Wiggins! This is a fantastic warts and all insight into one of the most gifted cyclists of his generation with real blood and real sweat and real tears as part of it. Too many sports auto biographies are little more than a glossy catalouge of achievment and good times. Bardley Wiggins 'My Time' Goes where the others don't and is much more fulsome as a result! Read it now!!!
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on 2 April 2013
I bought this for my husband as a birthday gift, he was initially reluctant to read this but having watched the Sky 1 documentary about Wiggins Tour de France win and subsequent Olympic triumphs it changed his mind about this most humble man and he read the book with gusto, thoroughly enjoying it from begining to end, even with some laugh out loud moments. He's recommended this book to all those in his cycling club who havn't yet read it and I suspect would suggest that anyone who is inetersted in a triumph over adversity story (Boy from Kilburn, single parent family) will thoroughly enjoy this.
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on 11 February 2013
Wiggins writes in a refreshingly honest style showing a balance of the confidence which is a result of knowing he has put in the effort, tempered by those moments of insecurity when things aren't as they should be. An enjoyable read which occasionally rambles a little but by virtue of it's conversational style does not have the clinical finish which a profesional author may give. Not too technical for the non-cyclist to follow, but with adequate insight into pro-cycling to keep the enthusiast interested. I would recommend to cyclists and more general sports enthusiasts.
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