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'The true inspiration was that Olympic gold won by Chris Boardman in Barcelona.... I was so in awe of Chris Boardman.' (Sir Bradley Wiggins)

You may know him as the much-loved copresenter of ITV's Tour de France coverage or enjoyed his BBC Olympic coverage, but beyond the easy charm Chris Boardman is one of our greatest, most inspiring cyclists.

In 2001, when the bible of the sport, Cycling Weekly, ran a poll to decide the greatest British cyclist, his was the name that topped the list. It was Boardman's lone achievements in the '80s and '90s - Olympic track gold, the world hour record, repeatedly claiming the yellow jersey in the Tour de France - that lit the spark for modern British cycling.

His endeavours both on and off the bike have made him the founding father of current golden generation - without him there would simply be no Hoy, Wiggins or Cavendish. It is a story full of intrigue from Olympic success, the famous duels with Graeme Obree, the insanity of the Tour de France. Chris became a legend for his combination of physical ability and technical preparation, and he almost single-handedly took British cycling from wool shirts and cloth caps into the era of marginal gains.

Indeed, after his career on the bike ended, a new chapter began as the backroom genius behind GB cycling. As head of the R&D team known as The Secret Squirrel Club, he has been responsible for the technical innovations that made the difference in 2012. Boardman Bikes is the best-selling premium bike range in the country, as used by the Brownlee brothers for their Olympic triathlon success.

©2016 Chris Boardman (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Boardman Turbulence & Truimph

Interesting listen of an amazing journey.
A very talented cyclist that has achieved many great things, set and raised the bar for the cyclists that followed.
An amazing contribution to the growth and success of British Cycling, especially with all the secret squirrel stuff.
A must listen if you are cycling fan.
Keep up the amazing work on & off the bike.
Jw

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A real insight

Excellent book, even as a lifelong cyclist and fan this book gives a real insight into the hidden life of a pro. Written with a typically dry humour, very entertaining. Only slightly spoiled by the narrators pronunciation of team names etc.

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Best cycling biography

Best cycling biography I have listened to. Great story about a great life in sport.

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Amazing

absolutely a fantastic listen for anybody who likes cycling, a great look into the cycling world. Chris himself and the Great Britain team. sceptical whether to buy this book or not but it was a fantastic listen

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Good listen

Even if not interested in cycling still a good book. if you are interested in cycling then get it really good in site on marginal gains, and what goes on in an elite athletes head

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Honest, reflective and inspiring

Chris Boardman’s life has been anything but ordinary, but both the narrative and his brutally honest self-evaluation make this an engrossing and relatable listen. Very appropriate accent in the reading, text delivered laconically, drily, but also expressively. Good audiobook.

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Brilliant and easy to listen to

Great read... thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. If you are at all interested in cycling or performance sport this is one for you

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  • 23-02-20

Enjoyed a lot

I wasn't really a Boardman fan so much in his track days. I preferred Obree. It was good to see him in the Tour and enjoyed his courage after he retired. I'm glad he is doing what he is doing for cycle safety. I wasn't sure about his biography but really enjoyed it.

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Good book great choice of narator.

liked it and interesting read or is it listen. highly recommend it to any one even if not a cycling fan.

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Brilliant Boardman

I've always loved Chris Boardman and what he did/ does for British cycling so I hoped that this book would back it up. Apart from a few dodgy pronunciations from Mr Mcgann the book was superb. Boardman for prime minister!

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  • 02-11-17

More than a story of biking accomplishments.

I won’t lie; I purchased this book primarily because I recently bought a Boardman bike and wanted to know more about the namesake. As an American I wasn’t familiar with the notoriety of Chris Boardman and was fully expecting this to be a mere inventory of his rise to fame and sequence of successful accomplishments. Instead, I found myself drawn into the history and science of the sport and the almost accidental psychology of a competitor. Chris does a nice job of revealing the moments in life where he is a son, father, husband, athlete, Olympian, and national hero but generally he reveals that among all of these titles, he’s human. An average guy with an unlikely journey and even more surprising set of accomplishments. As a father, I can admit that the epilogue (where he reasons the omission of details regarding his kids) was both touching and reasoned...an impressive end to reinforcing the notion that while he’s accomplished extraordinary things he’s an ordinary person with whom I can identify. Glad I bought the bike.

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