I watched the Olympics and enjoyed the fantastic performances of the GB cyclists, including Chris Hoy's amazing 3 gold medals; this book sets those achievements into context and shows how British cycling has developed, particularly on the track, over the last decade or so. A lot of other sports could learn so much from the profess If you have any interest in sport and what it takes to be a real champion, I recommend this book.
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A lot of other sports could learn so much from the professionalism of these exceptional men and women! This was a good description of Chris Hoy's experience in track cycling, culminating in the World Championships before Beijing. But I'd probably have benefited from reading a later edition with some of the Olympics in it. Also, it just wasn't all that well written, and didn't achieve the balance between personal story and the wider context which is a story in itself that great sports books seem to.
Sep 26, Isabella Burke rated it liked it.
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Interestingly this book explains the drive and motivation behind the success of the GB cycling team including how all the cogs, individual players have all contributed to their fantastic successes. Interesting to read, if you are curious as to how the machine of GB Cycling came into being Nov 13, Andrew Watson rated it really liked it.
I watched Chris Hoy in the Olympics with a mixture of awe, amazement and admiration. This book helps to piece together the journey of British cycling from also rans to the best in the world and the brutal efficiency displayed to get there.
Mar 08, Michael Greig rated it liked it. Did enjoy this insight into the golden age of cycling albeit a bit historical it brings us up to Beijing.
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Really interested to learn about the Japanese Keirin cycling events and the popularity and money made by this. Also the nuts and bolts of training. The need to be detached and self absorbed to reach this level in cycling was also quite interesting to consider. Apr 10, Michael Cargill Cargill rated it really liked it. Interesting read about how British cycling was such a laughing stock until it started getting lottery funding in It's not just the money that did it, it's the management and coaching that it brought in.
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Description Fully updated to include the extraordinary scenes at London , where Hoy won two more gold medals to bring his total to six and overtake Sir Steve Redgrave, this is the story of Britain's greatest ever Olympian. Chris Hoy has been instrumental in British track cycling's remarkable transformation from also-rans to world superpower.
Now, having rewritten the record books as Olympic champion in four different cycling disciplines, and with six gold medals, Hoy has become a household name and established himself in the pantheon of sporting greats. This is a fly-on-the-wall account of Hoy and his team as he prepared for the Beijing Olympics, where he became the first Briton in a century to win three gold medals in a single Games, and it has now been fully updated to include the extraordinary scenes at London , where Hoy won two more gold medals, to bring his total to six and overtake Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain's greatest ever Olympian.
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The story begins with Hoy's introduction to cycling as a BMX racer and his progression to Olympic champion, and explains the origins and evolution of Britain's world-beating team. It includes a bizarre visit to the world's highest velodrome in Bolivia and a spellbinding journey from the razzmatazz of the European six-day circuit to the craziness of the Japanese keirin races. Award-winning writer Richard Moore tracks Hoy throughout a season in the saddle, explores his motivations and mentors from a young age, and provides an unblemished insight into the mind of a champion and the largely unknown world of track cycling.
It's a story that is fully updated with the remarkable events in Beijing in and London in , two successive Olympic Games that were dominated by Hoy and the British track cycling team. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 30mm And in Richard Moore it has a splendid chronicler.
He was a member of the Scotland team in the Prutour, the nine-day cycling tour of Britain, and represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.