'The true inspiration was that Olympic gold won by Chris Boardman in Barcelona.... I was so in awe of Chris Boardman.' (Sir Bradley Wiggins)
You may know him as the much-loved copresenter of ITV's Tour de France coverage or enjoyed his BBC Olympic coverage, but beyond the easy charm Chris Boardman is one of our greatest, most inspiring cyclists.
In 2001, when the bible of the sport, Cycling Weekly, ran a poll to decide the greatest British cyclist, his was the name that topped the list. It was Boardman's lone achievements in the '80s and '90s - Olympic track gold, the world hour record, repeatedly claiming the yellow jersey in the Tour de France - that lit the spark for modern British cycling.
His endeavours both on and off the bike have made him the founding father of current golden generation - without him there would simply be no Hoy, Wiggins or Cavendish. It is a story full of intrigue from Olympic success, the famous duels with Graeme Obree, the insanity of the Tour de France. Chris became a legend for his combination of physical ability and technical preparation, and he almost single-handedly took British cycling from wool shirts and cloth caps into the era of marginal gains.
Indeed, after his career on the bike ended, a new chapter began as the backroom genius behind GB cycling. As head of the R&D team known as The Secret Squirrel Club, he has been responsible for the technical innovations that made the difference in 2012. Boardman Bikes is the best-selling premium bike range in the country, as used by the Brownlee brothers for their Olympic triathlon success.
©2016 Chris Boardman (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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"more than just a man and a lotus bike. v good."
some of the story you will know as a keen cyclist but learning boardman bikes started as two people in a coffee shop, and the details of some of the Olympics kit design was fantastic less about the man more about just how much he has done for British cycling. top bloke all round well worth a listen.
"Usual mangling of cycling names, but a good listen"
Usual mangling of cycling names, places and events ( does no-one narrating a cycling book EVER check pronunciation? ) but Joe McGann's flat Merseyside accent a good substitute for Boardman's own; an interesting insight and an enjoyable listen- recommended.
Fascinating insight into one of the UKs top sport personalities. Well read and very well written, one of the best autobiographies I have read.
one of the best books I've enjoyed in a long while. he is a lovely guy and it comes across on this well written book
"well balanced, humourous, humble."
interesting life story which could make for a longer book but keeps the pace up instead
Great honest insight into a very interesting man. Good insider info on Team GBs cycling team including his influence on Brad Wiggins's early career and The Secret Squirrel Club. I learnt a lot about his amazing hour attempts and incredible TDF career. Best book I've listen to all year.
"What a great read"
I knew of Chris Boardman, from the TV, and that he'd done a bit of cycling. The book enlightened me to just how much cycling he'd done and how good he was. He explains the impacts of success on his ever growing family and how a boy with a passion for woodwork got to the top of his sport.
A really good read and well worth you time. Thanks for sharing Chris Boardman
"Excellent insights, well narrated"
As a keen cyclist who grew up watching Boardman win medals and don yellow jerseys I had no doubt I would enjoy this book. The writing was actually better than I could have hoped for. The narrator had an easy to listen to and expressive voice - shame some great cyclists had their names mangled in a way which Chris Boardman would never have done but otherwise excellent.
I've read a lot of cycling bios and this comes in my top 3 of must reads. It was great to read about a cyclist who although I admired, has tended to come across as a bit grumpy and aloof. I think this book has helped me to understand him a little better, what drives him and ultimately that he's not as grumpy as he can come across.
"more depth needed"
I wanted to know more about mentoring Bradley Wiggins and his own amateur days. Chris s book lacked emotion for me and was almost a 'big thank you ' to everyone who had helped him from his early days and just never got a mention on the telly.
A great rider who influenced me and definitely improved my time trial times with his pulse rate training regime.
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