Winner of 2012 BBC Sports Personality Of the Year
On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins became the first British man ever to win the Tour de France. In an instant, 'Wiggo' became a national hero. Ten days later, having swapped his yellow jersey for the colours of Team GB, he won Olympic gold in the time trial, adding to his previous six medals to become the nation's most decorated Olympian of all time. Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people's champion.
In My Time he tells the story of the remarkable journey that led to him winning the world's toughest race. He opens up about his life on and off the bike, about the personal anguish that has driven him on and what it's like behind the scenes at Team Sky: the brutal training regimes, the sacrifices and his views on his teammates and rivals. He talks too about his anger at the spectre of doping that pursues his sport, how he dealt with the rush of taking Olympic gold, and above all what it takes to be the greatest.
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I knew a bit about Wiggin's before this year's TdF win having followed the tour fairly closely since the mid 1990's. Whilst there was no doubting his talent, I had never found him all that likeable - he always seemed aloof and had a bit too much swagger for my liking. Having finished My Time, I have to say my opinion of him has changed. He comes across as very humble and grounded. Whilst he acknowledges that he doesn't suffer fools gladly and isn't especially comfortable with his new-found fame, it's hard not to admire his dedication to the sport. The narrator does a good job and sounds much like the man himself which helps.
Know nothing about biking but I was completely addicted to this because he is a normal, down to earth guy. Fantastic book.
Although Bradley does not narrate this book, the guy who does is excellent! He uses his voice to great effect so it's like listening to a tale told down the pub. Especially funny in my view is his great emphasis in profanity. I loved it!
Kevin Stevens - Like non-fiction and comedy.
Really honest account, don't think his holding anything back and this came out in pretty quick order following the success of 2012 so I smelt a 'cash-in knocked another Bio out in five minutes' jobs but it was much better than that is a really good read.
A good understanding of what its like to be inside the maillot jaune.
really well read by Tom Watt.
Well two sitting's actually, whilst smashing national cycle route 3!
Absolutely. The audiobook is completely engaging. It describes the challenges that Bradley has gone through to reach the heights he achieved in July 2012 as well as educating the reader about the life as a professional cyclist.
Any other sporting autobiography.
Completely engaging. He made you feel as though it was Bradley Wiggins telling the story and his change in voice for other important people within the book, such as Shane Sutton, was fantastic. Best narrating I have heard to date from an audiobook.
When Bradley was rock bottom and how he pulled himself together after the death of his Grandfather
Fantastic book. Well worth downloading
Really enjoyed this insight into Bradley's build up to winning the Tour and the Olympic gold medal. Let's you see just how difficult this feat was and what fantastic athletes he and his cycling colleagues are. Even now the memories of these wins still bring a warm glow.
Following his successes last year in the Tour and at the Olympics I decided to purchase this to listen to on the train. I was enthralled by the story read so well by Tom Watt and listened to it every day until the end. It made me actually look forward to my daily commute. I now cycle regularly partly due to this story.
As a cycling fan I found this to be an insightful and no holds barred read from one of sports real characters. His Tour diary and London Olympic dream was fascinating in terms of what he puts his body through, what his mind goes through and the pressures and tactics of modern day cycling. Wholeheartedly recommended!
Brad seems one of the most honest fellas ever. I really liked the book even if there wasn't anywhere near enough detail- he seemed to only scratch the surface. But he deserves the riches of his efforts, top man!
"Feels like you sitting right next to Wiggo"
Yes. The details of his 2012 racing season including his TdF win and Olympic TT gold are vivid and rich. It feels like you sitting in his living room and he is telling you stories of his epic year. Includes detail about training, preparation, his family, the team and all his highs and lows.
Bradley Wiggins for obvious reasons. Its all about his road career in cycling.
His British accent is awesome for sharing Brad Wiggins' story
The deep insight into how he and his coaches went against tradition in their preparation for the 2012 racing season.
It's a great book that cycling fans will particularly enjoy.
"Mixed up chapters. But interesting insights."
Yes, I will try again.
The accent was not Bradley. A bit frustrating.
I would order the audio book as it was written. Having chapters playing out of order was very frustrating. As the mixup happened early in the delivery, the mix up was not obvious until I had listened to 80% of it. Very disappointing.
How do I get my money back?
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