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Triumphs and Turbulence

My Autobiography
Narrated by: Joe McGann
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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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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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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  • 06-10-19

Insightful, fascinating, funny, inspiring.

What a guy. What a book.
Great insight into Chris and his life. Explains his career, the early 2000's of British Cycling and the natural progression to the formation of Sky, now Ineos.
The narrator has a similar accent and does a good job of conveying Boardman's dry sense of humour and wit.
It's a moving book, and I found it inspiring. It's nice to know that the top 1% of athletes battle every day to get where they are and stay there, and the story of how he did this is quite something.
I listened to this after David Millar's book, which is excellent too, and if you liked that you'll probably like this.
I might even be persuaded to buy Boardman bikes from now on!

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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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Insightful & beautifully read

Really enjoyed this, nicely paced, felt like it covered all aspects of cycling without getting overly detailed and tedious. loved it

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Fantastic

Everything I had hoped it would be. Sections on cycling, the technical aspects of the sport, behind the scenes info on broadcasting the Tour de France. All delivered with the modesty, humility and dry humour you would expect.

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Highly recommended

If you are a child of the 60s or 70s and into cycling then this is a poignant, alternative and illuminating telling of what happened in those years where competitive cycling enjoyed a resurgence.

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Terribly narrated

Terrible narration, many riders names and race names mispronounced. Best to read this book rather than listen.

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  • Keyeakman
  • 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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