Chris Hoy The Autobiography

Author: Chris Hoy
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007343736
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Fully updated to include Sir Chris Hoy’s incredible, record-breaking golds at London 2012 (making him his country’s greatest ever Olympian), this is the story of a sporting legend in his own words.

The Climb

Author: Chris Froome
Editor: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241969433
Size: 11,86 MB
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On 26th July 2015, Chris Froome entered the record books. He won cycling's ultimate race - the Tour de France - for the second time. Taking a double Yellow Jersey was a staggering achievement. This memoir shows just how remarkable it was, given the uphill struggle Froome faced. Growing up in Kenya, biking down mile after mile of dusty road, and staying in a humble tin hut, he developed a fierce passion and determination to win. The road to Europe was long, gruelling and filled with setbacks - but it prepared him for teamwork as a domestique and then the leap to leader of Team Sky and a shot at winning the Tour de France. In The Climb, written with the renowned investigative reporter David Walsh, he vividly recounts the struggles, the rivalries, the battles, the comebacks. Finally he traces his path to triumph and his mission to help clean up cycling. Inspiring and exhilarating, it will leave you ready to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be. 'Engaging, vividly evoked' Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year 'What Chris has done is phenomenal' Sir Chris Hoy

Bradley Wiggins My Time

Author: Bradley Wiggins
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 1448161398
Size: 16,98 MB
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On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins made history as the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. Ten days later at the London Olympic Games he won gold in the time trial to become his country’s most decorated Olympian. In an instant ‘Wiggo’, the kid from Kilburn, was a national hero. Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people’s champion. From his lowest ebb following a catastrophic attempt to conquer the 2012 Tour and the loss of his granddad who had raised him as a boy, My Time tells the story of his remarkable journey to win the world's toughest race. INCLUDES A BRAND NEW CHAPTER SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARD FOR BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Running My Life The Autobiography

Author: Seb Coe
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444731041
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One second in time may separate the great athlete from the merely good. Seb Coe has made every second count. From an early age he has been driven to be the best at everything he does. Since the moment Coe stood alongside a 'scrubby' municipal running track in Sheffield, he knew that sport could change his life. It did. Breaking an incredible twelve world records and three of them in just forty-one days, Seb became the only athlete to take gold at 1500 metres in two successive Olympic Games (Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984). The same passion galvanised Coe in 2005, when he led Britain's bid to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to London. He knew that if we won it would regenerate an East London landscape and change the lives of thousands of young people. It has. Born in Hammersmith and coached by his engineer father, Coe went from a secondary modern school and Loughborough University to become the fastest middle-distance runner of his generation. His rivalry with Steve Ovett gripped a nation and made Britain feel successful at a time of widespread social discontent. From sport Coe transferred his ideals to politics, serving in John Major's Conservative government from 1992 to 1997 and developing 'sharp elbows' to become chief of staff to William Hague, leader of the Party from 1997 to 2001 and finally a member of the House of Lords. Running My Life is in turns exhilarating, inspiring, amusing, and extremely moving. Everyone knows where Sebastian Coe ended up. Few people realise how he got there. This is his personal journey.

Scotland The Autobiography

Author: Rosemary Goring
Editor: Penguin UK
ISBN: 014191064X
Size: 17,79 MB
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Now in a revised edition with extra material and a new introduction for 2014. 'In a year which will see the Scots vote on independence, this book is a timely reminder of their country's fascinating past' Independent 'History caught on the hoof and the wing by those who were actually there - a brilliant selection' Andrew Marr A vivid, wide-ranging and engrossing account of Scotland's history, composed of eye-witness accounts by those who experienced it first-hand. Contributors range from Tacitus, Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livingstone and Billy Connolly. These include key historic moments - ranging from Bannockburn and Flodden to the SNP parliamentary victory in 2007 - along with a vast array of wonderfully readable insights into the everyday life of Scotland through the millennia. This is living, accesible history told by crofters, criminals, servants, house-wives, poets, journalists, nurses, politicians, novelists, prisoners, comedians, sportsmen and many more. 'An unqualified triumph, superb, a real page-turner . . . what a stirring, dramatic, poignant story it has been' Alexander McCall Smith, Spectator 'Fascinating and very valuable. Goring gives us vivid snapshots of Scottish life and history from Neolithic times . . . should find a place in every Scottish home' Allan Massie, Scotsman Rosemary Goring took a degree in Economics and Social History at St Andrews University. She started her career in publishing in the role of in-house editor for Chambers Biographical Dictionary and has since edited and written for many reference books, among them the Larousse Dictionaries of Writers and Literary Characters. She was Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday for several years before becoming Literary Editor of the Herald.

Joanna Rowsell Shand Full Circle My Autobiography

Author: Joanna Rowsell Shand
Editor: Kings Road Publishing
ISBN: 1786068648
Size: 12,82 MB
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Candid, poignant and written with characteristic honesty and self-deprecating wit, this is a story of grit, determination and triumph over adversity that will leave you feeling encouraged and inspired. When Joanna Rowsell Shand, then thirteen, decided to take on a challenge set by representatives from British Cycling visiting her school, she didn't realise that decision would change her life. In fact, she was mainly motivated by the prospect of escaping a double maths lesson. As it turned out, Jo's power output was off the chart - the highest ever recorded for a female of her age, and she was quickly talent spotted for the junior cycling team. Not that the journey between that moment and Jo's subsequent status as a setter of multiple world records and a double Olympic champion was plain-sailing. With no cycling experience, Jo was well behind her peers who had been prepped for life on a bike since their infancy. In addition, Jo was - and remains to this day - a very shy girl, not least because of her condition, alopecia universalis, which took her hair from her just as her teenage years were about to strike. This is the story of how she battled her insecurities and doubts, as well as judgement, and even ridicule, from people around her, to became one of the most successful and respected athletes of her era. All of which, she accomplished without compromising any of the essential good-heartedness and optimism that characterises her. If you have ever been tempted to believe 'nice girls finish last', let this book disabuse you of that myth. If you have ever felt your anxiety, social awkwardness or lack of body confidence has held you back, Jo's story will motivate you to realise you are so much more than the labels people find for you.

Heroes Villains And Velodromes Chris Hoy And Britain S Track Cycling Revolution

Author: Richard Moore
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007351682
Size: 12,89 MB
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Fully updated to include the extraordinary scenes at London 2012, where Hoy won two more gold medals to bring his total to six and overtake Sir Steve Redgrave, this is the story of Britain's greatest ever Olympian.

Flying Scotsman

Author: Graeme Obree
Editor: Birlinn
ISBN: 0857901060
Size: 10,89 MB
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NEW UPDATED EDITION 'This is one of the best and most moving sports books I have read' - The Times 'Deeply moving. His determination and single-mindedness was and still is a true inspiration to me' - Sir Chris Hoy 'This is a book that must have taken great courage to write, is a harrowing reminder of how little the public know about sportsmen, no matter how brightly the spotlight shines on them' - The Guardian 'Hard-hitting and brutally honest' - Cycling Weekly Number 10 in Cycle Sport's Best 50 Cycling Books of All Time. On 17 July 1993, Graeme Obree stunned the international world when he emerged from obscurity to smash Francesco Moser's World Hour Record. Flying Scotsman is Graeme Obree's searing autobiography, from his tough upbringing in Ayrshire where he found escape on the roads, to his head-to-head duals with Chris Boardman and his rise to become a major star on the European circuit. Obree created massive controversy in the professional cycling world with his unique riding style and his pioneering construction techniques - famously using washing-machine parts to complete the building of his 'Old Faithful'. Yet all his sporting success was achieved in the shadow of manic depression and suicidal despair. Obree brings his amazing life story up to date in this new edition of his critically acclaimed, best-selling autobiography, as he continues to astound the world with his creative genius and sporting prowess.

My Name 5 Doddie

Author: Doddie Weir
Editor: Black & White Publishing
ISBN: 9781785302244
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There has never been anyone quite like Doddie Weir. A giant of the game and a rugby icon, his unique story is charged with a passion for living life to the full. In a rugby career which had huge highs and shocking lows, Doddie faced some of the game's greatest players, from Jonny Wilkinson to Jonah Lomu, Brian O'Driscoll to Scott Quinnell and Martin Johnson to Joost van der Westhuizen, and set stadiums alight when "on the charge like a mad giraffe". Now, at the age of 48, Doddie faces an entirely different adversary: Motor Neurone Disease. But Doddie Weir has never been one to shy away from a challenge, on or off the pitch, and he has faced up to MND with undaunted positivity, using his boundless energy to raise funds for MND research and support.

Cycling Is My Life

Author: Tommy Simpson
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 1446444228
Size: 17,49 MB
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The cyclist Tom Simpson is a legend. The first British world champion, the first Briton to pull on the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France - he brought professional cycling to a nation and inspired generations of riders. His autobiography, Cycling is My Life, was written the year before he died tragically on the barren moonscape of Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour aged just twenty-nine. Forty years on, hundreds of fans still make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial which marks the spot where he died. In an age where each Tour de France seems more blighted by scandal than the next, Simpson's story is as relevant now as it was then. A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs, yet the dapper 'Major Tom' inspired awe and affection from the British public for the obsessive will to win which was ultimately to cost him his life. First published in 1966, Simpson's autobiography is essential reading for every dedicated cycling fan and an engaging story of the life of an iconic sportsman.