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!
Brilliant recount of Wiggins assault on Le Tour
With Tom Watt it almost felt like Wiggo was talking himself. Not sure if this was intentional but it certainly worked for me. Felt like I was sitting across the table from Wiggo himself
Inspirational story. At first I must say the narrator's accent was a bit off-putting. But as I listened to the feeling and expression he put into it, I came to really enjoy it. I know with the recent controversy around TUEs that extracts of this book were used by the media to add weight to the claims. But listening to the whole book gives a clear impression that much of what has been said is wrong, and that what he has achieved has been done with integrity. Well recommended.
"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?
After listening to Froomes "The Climb" I would expect Braddley's literally attempt to be entertaining, if not exciting.
Perhaps it's just me and my unfair expectations, but there is no mild way to put it: I found the story line just plain boring. Specially during the first third of it more or less.
The speaker seemed to have tried his best trying to instill some life to the story; at wich he succeeded to a certain extent.
Still waiting for a Cycling book in the league of Krabbés "The Rider" - now that's something I can listen and re-listen, and seemingly never get tired from.
A real story told by a real guy, has his feet on the ground, truly one of the great stories in modern sports...
"Good book! Recommend this and Froome's back to bac"
Yes, If they are into cycling!
Describing his ride onto the Champs-Élysées
Tells an interesting "other side of the story" from Froomes book
"Not bad for a ghost written piece."
As good an insight into cycling as you can hope from Mr Wiggins. Fairly egocentric and at times a little juvenile. Mostly about his feelings and not much about cycling. If you want to hear about cycling from a pro then The Obree Way by Graeme Obree is the best out of 10 cycling books I've heard on audible.
"Humble, funny, and interesting....I really dug it"
A really great listen and loved the narrator. Read this book and read Chris Froomes book back to back and you will get a full picture! Loved it!
Chris Froome: the climb. He talks about Wiggins and the tour and all that went behind the scenes....also a great read or listen!
He set the tone and attitude of Wiggins. Loved it.
"Great title for cycling and sports People."
Very enjoyable reading for people involved in cycling. I recommend also the Chris Froome book because in a certain way are kind related.
I say "surprisingly" because while I am an avid fan of cycling and road racing, Bradley Wiggins was never a cyclist I wanted to know more about. Perhaps that is because in 2012, he simply won too many races and his face was everywhere, so I felt there was no need to root for him nor research his backstory. Wow, I was so wrong! It is really good. I loved Wiggins' take on cycling and the story of his races. I was surprised by the story of his family background, especially his relationship with his father and grandfather. He has a great attitude, uses plenty of colorful language, and seems like a person you'd like to hang out with. I agree with other reviewers about the narrator - he really sells it. One of the best match-ups on Audible.
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