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Mastermind: How Dave Brailsford Reinvented the Wheel

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Narrated by: Richard Moore
Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Coach Dave Brailsford has been responsible for bringing British cycling to world dominance, overseeing victories in the 2012 and 2013 Tour de France. This behind-the-scenes look at his career considers his management style, psychology, and philosophy, focusing on his response to doping and other crises during his term at the helm of Team Sky. Cycling writer (and able, if sedate, narrator) Roger Moore looks at Brailsford's response to these challenges, including his reliance on confidants and management manuals. A short but intimate look at an elusive figure making a major dent in the sports world today.

Summary

Dave Brailsford has spearheaded the track cycling revolution in Britain, helping turn the nation into a superpower. He is also head of Team Sky and oversaw Bradley Wiggins' victory at the 2012 Tour de France. But who is the man behind the mask?

This is a portrait of one of the most enigmatic presences in world sport; an exploration of his background, a unique insight into the formation of his methodology and an analysis of how he has forged a new path in a sport riven with controversy.

©2013 Richard Moore (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Brilliant short book

This was an excellent short insight into the man and the hidden mechanics of the team. Well worth a listen.

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disappointed

The narrator monotonous voice made an average listening in to a disappointment!
I was expecting a bit more insight into specific events and riders, only the surface was scratched.

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Just a story

I was hoping for some profound knowledge sharing but for an hour long story which almost seemed like abstracts of a longer and better book.

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A bit disappointing

A subject I am completely interested in, about a man I greatly admire... and it was I am sorry to say a pretty dreary listen... delivered with almost zero enthusiasm.

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Brief and lite

Not really that interesting and actually quite forgettable. I would recommend Chris Bordmans book if you're after a fascinating look at the world of cycling and marginal gains!

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interesting if short story

Brief but interesting and informative listen. Not the most enthralling narrative, but good value

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Dave Brailsford

Dave Brailsford Mastermind
Very interesting background to amazing success.
A true manager / coaching legend
Interesting listening.
Could have been longer

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Ok for the price

I paid less than £2 for this. I think that's a fair price I certainly wouldn't have wanted to pay any more.

For me this is worth a listen but doesn't contain the detail I would like.

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hmmm

not really the insight into sir dave that you'd expect especially based on the title

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Nonsense <br />

Complete waste of time and money. They shouldn't be selling articles as audiobooks. Also totally unsuccessful as an sports book.

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  • 06-12-19

Disappointed

Very basic biography. Wanted to hear more about the specific ways that he turned the team around with aggregation of marginal gains.

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  • Dylan Cornelius
  • 04-08-19

Limited

Dating back to the time when Team Sky (now Ineos) had only one TdF win, this is more of an assertion that Sky rides clean than a review of how Brailsford “reinvented the wheel”.