Tour de Cycling books – Britain’s best Autobiographies

TOUR DE CYCLING BOOKS IS WELL UNDER WAY! 

Here we have some of the best Cycling Books and Autobiographies from British stars over the last few years. The perfect gift for any cycling enthusiast or simply just a real page-turner with some well needed inspiration!

THE BIOGRAPHY OF THE MODERN BIKE – CHRIS BOARDMAN

Released: 2015

Known as the ‘The Professor’, Chris Boardman is famed for his technical mind when it came to his race preparation and detailed attention in training. That meticulous focus and determination led him to winning a number of Olympic medals, wearing the Yellow jersey on several occasions and also being awarded an MBE in 1993.

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With Boardman’s extensive knowledge and encyclopaedic mind of cycling he takes us through the evolution and development to the Modern Super-bikes we have today. From the technology of how to engineer speed to keeping riders safe; this book will give any keen cyclist enough to discuss at their weekly cycling club!

RACING THROUGH THE DARK – DAVID MILLAR

Released: 2012

Between the years of 1997 and 2014 the Scottish cyclist rode for two different teams Cofidis and Garmin-Sharp. Within these years he became a well-decorated rider winning stages in the Tour de France, Vuelta de España and Giro d’Italia and also became the British national Road Champion in 2007.

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Envisioned to be the next British Tour de France winner Millar’s dreams soon transformed into pressures that were too much for him to handle. In this book he holds nothing back about his doping arrest and how the drug culture in the cycling world was seen to be the only way to money, glory and status within the sport.

THE CLIMB – CHRIS FROOME

Released: 2014

2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. An incredible 4 victories and the current reigning champion of both the Tour de France and Vuelta de España, Froome has climbed his way to not only being one of the most successful riders in the history of the Tour but also in the history of the sport and British sporting Heroes.

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From humble beginnings in Kenya, Froome had an uphill struggle to compete in Europe and fighting his way to a potential position as a lead rider in the Tour de France. This book tells the remarkable story of how the determination and hunger to win can over-ride any setback or gruelling challenge!

BOY RACER: MY JOURNEY TO TOUR DE FRANCE RECORD BREAKER – MARK CAVENDISH

Released: 2010

Although sometimes perceived as cocky no one can deny the natural ability and devastating power that Cavendish holds. As one of cycling’s most accomplished and successful heroes, the sprinter fired his way into the record books at a young age and hasn’t seemed to ever look back.

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If you were to hard-wire yourself into the brain of one of the fastest sprinters on earth what would they say? A brutally honest account of how Cavendish came from being the fat useless kid at school, to storming his way to the fierce competitor that he is today.

… ‘I know I’m good, there’s no point in lying about it’.

BETWEEN THE LINES: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY – VICTORIA PENDLETON

Released: 2012

Winning two Gold medals and one Silver medal at the Olympics as well as whole host of other medals and achievements including World titles, Commonwealth and even an MBE it can truly be said that Victoria Pendleton is one of The Greatest Sporting Females we have in Britain today.

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Deemed as the ’emotional one’ and the girl of the GB Team, Pendleton recounts all of the expectations and realities of life being in the GB cycling team. Opening up about what she has had to overcome to rise and stay at the top, the Golden girl of British cycling leaves no prisoners.

SKY’S THE LIMIT: BRITISH CYCLING’S QUEST TO CONQUER THE TOUR DE FRANCE – RICHARD MOORE

Released: 2012

A former racing cyclist and established journalist Richard Moore is the writer behind many well-known titles such as ‘Heroes, Villains & Velodromes: Chris Hoy and Britain’s Track Cycling Revolution‘ and ‘Slaying the Badger’. He doesn’t fail to disappoint in this record of Sky’s ascent to power in the cycling history books.

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Until recently British success in the Tour de France was almost unheard of! David Brailsford’s masterplan and mastermind for British cycling transformed this, leading Team GB and The Sky Team into the formidable force that they are today. This book gives exclusive access, interviews and follows how this conquering journey unfolded.

CHRIS HOY – CHRIS HOY

Released: 2009

Following three incredible Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympics and also being awarded Sports Personality of the Year, Sir Chris Hoy collected his Knighthood decided he wasn’t finished just yet. At the London Olympics in 2012 Hoy added to his tally of medals making him one of the most decorated British Olympians of all time.

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At seven years old Chris Hoy was a BMX fanatic from Scotland, fast forward 25 years and his career is a legendary story. An inspiration to many this story tells of his devoted Father, defying doubters and reinventing himself into the powerhouse he is today.

MY HOUR – BRADLEY WIGGINS

Released: 2016

Growing up in Kilburn London a number of years ago was Bradley Wiggins, know known as Sir Bradley Wiggins he has picked up almost every accolade there is in the Cycling world. As the first Briton to win the Tour de France he certainly set his sights high and hasn’t failed to impress throughout his illustrious career.

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How far and how fast can you push yourself in 60 minutes? One hour of sheer psychological and physical drive to push you through the pain barriers that lie before you. Wiggins takes us through the planning and preparation for the perfect execution of the most enduring event any athlete can go through.

THE INSIDE TRACK: LAURA TROTT AND JASON KENNY – LAURA TROTT & JASON KENNY

Released: 2016

Realising your dreams in the Velodrome and also finding your dream partner there would something of fairytales wouldn’t it? Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are both the most decorated male and female British Olympians, both competing in several games they have achieved everything they have set out to do and are true champions.

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Sacrificing all kinds of pleasures,  thousands of hours and pushing your body to the absolute limit, there’s no wonder that 10 Olympic Gold medals is a rare occurrence. The recently married Olympic couple Trott and Kenny tell all of the muscle aching training sessions that left them collapsed but how they kept turning left and never surrendering to achieve their best.

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