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on 24 October 2014
I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't previously known much about Sean Yates as a cyclist, only as a DS at Team Sky, so it was really interesting to find out about the earlier part of his career. The book is written in a very natural and readable way, as if you were just having a conversation with him, but what I really liked were the sections where his ex-wife and his friends, colleagues and acquaintances were given free rein to give their own opinions of Yates. It's a very unusual format, but it really worked, showing you the man through different pairs of eyes and from different perspectives. The book has virtually nothing to say about the doping culture which seems to have been widespread throughout Yates' time in the peloton, and he is obviously still very fond of Lance Armstrong and feels he has been unfairly scapegoated. If you don't expect a kiss-and-tell about who was taking what PED and when they took it, you will find this a very entertaining and easy to read book.
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on 17 January 2017
Not quite finished yet, but I'm loving this read of one of my first cycling heros. Like Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and Robert Millar, Sean Yates was mesmerising to watch when he was up it, letting his legs do the talking. Peugeot, Fagor, 7-Eleven, team names that bring back memories of being glued to the screen watching these men pound the pedals for hours on end. Reading just how much he loved cycling himself into the ground for himself or teammates is incredible, and there are some quite hilarious tales told by past friends, famliy and teammates alike. spanning his entire career. Great stuff.
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on 21 April 2014
Sean: we've ridden some of the same races together. Sadly not the Tour or the classics. Only a couple of tens in Kent. But you have always been an inspiration and you are a great rider and a great member of the cycling community. People who love this sport or have any interest in it at all should read this. It's not all about the bike. It's also about Sean!
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on 12 November 2013
Having read many other pros/ex-pros accounts, this stands out for being the best type of autobiography - insightful stories from personal viewpoint. Doesn't really get into drugs - which is a pity as who would know more?
Perhaps a more honest book may come later when the dust has settled from his high profile retirement when a reflective considered account of the extremes demanded by professional cycling would be accepted as a truthful analysis rather than gossip media fodder.
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on 28 September 2013
Fantastic book, written by a guy who loves riding his bike so much so it has nearly killed him - he has a bad heart. Fascinating insight into top level cycling and what goes on. Refreshingly the book is not about who was and is doping but about cycle racing. Written in a honest and forthright manner. A great read highly recommended.
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on 28 November 2013
Unfortunately I recently had an accident was knocked of my bike and suffered a broken leg as a consequence reading is one of the few things I can presently do. This book is a great read if you're a cyclist like me of the era when Sean Yates was at his peak. It gives a great insight into the man himself but also about the mind set required to reach this sort of level in not only cycling but any sport. There's always a price to pay for single minded focus to one end in life, both positive and negative, which are revealed in the book. A great read to those of us that have followed that path and highly informative to those who may just be setting out on it.
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on 4 February 2015
should have spilled the beans more. Interesting read, but gets a little bogged down with talking about local races.
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on 22 October 2013
Enjoyed this trip through Yate's cycling history. The book brings out the way Yates' personality is reflected in the way he performs on the bike - tough, dogged and driven - a competition against himself as much as it was against fellow cyclists. There is nothing particularly revealing or dramatic about the book, yet it doesn't suffer for this. You are left feeling a twinge of sadness at the way his career ended, yet pleased that cycling has given him a life full of interest and achievement.
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on 2 November 2017
Sean Yates was a great cyclist in the days when British cyclists were not nearly as competitive as they are now. Sean comes across very well in this book and I enjoyed reading it.
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on 9 October 2013
Sean Yates is a legend!
He tells it how it is and doesnt do the dirty on anyone in the process. An excellent insight into the life and professional career of one of the original British pro continental bike riders.
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