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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.
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By Keyeakman on 11-02-17
More than a story of biking accomplishments.
I won’t lie; I purchased this book primarily because I recently bought a Boardman bike and wanted to know more about the namesake. As an American I wasn’t familiar with the notoriety of Chris Boardman and was fully expecting this to be a mere inventory of his rise to fame and sequence of successful accomplishments. Instead, I found myself drawn into the history and science of the sport and the almost accidental psychology of a competitor. Chris does a nice job of revealing the moments in life where he is a son, father, husband, athlete, Olympian, and national hero but generally he reveals that among all of these titles, he’s human. An average guy with an unlikely journey and even more surprising set of accomplishments. As a father, I can admit that the epilogue (where he reasons the omission of details regarding his kids) was both touching and reasoned...an impressive end to reinforcing the notion that while he’s accomplished extraordinary things he’s an ordinary person with whom I can identify. Glad I bought the bike.
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By Allan tennant on 11-30-17
What an absolutely amazing book. Fantastically addictive saw this complete in only two sessions of listening. What an amazing life and wife to assist and help make your dreams reality.
By Samuel Tanner on 09-12-17
Honest, entertaining, and funny
A great insight into one of British cycling's biggest legends. Well written and read, a must read for any cyclist.