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!
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!
I was a bit disappointed in Bradley Wiggins when he was talking about some guy from his team contesting him during Tour De France, I found Bradley inconsiderate of others and arrogant. I am disappointed in the whole of Tour De France because it looks like not a competition of one to one but a “supporting” of a “leader”. Cycling is not exactly a basketball team to be a team, they are cyclists so do cycle if you are someone who is the strongest and the fastest, don’t expect others to compromise their carrier for you. There is only one thing I was excited about and it is Bradley’s ability to win Olympics where it is the best man and not the man of a team. And then I did not like all that Sir Wiggins etc. It is just like bow and submit to your masters. May be I don’t understand this sport, well in any case after reading it I don’t stand for this sport any more. I gave five stars because it does not matter what I think but it is a quality piece that is thought provoking and interesting to listen to.
Nice one Brad, I have always liked the way you ride the bike on the track, and I must admit to mistakenly thinking that you was a little arrogant , however after reading your book I now see you in a new light. Nice one
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