My Time

My Time[Reading] ➷ My Time ➭ Bradley Wiggins – 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 On July 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 timeOutspoken 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. Although I'm a huge fan of cycling I found this book hard to finish Bradley's achievements in sport are extremely impressive even to the layman He has won Olympic gold than once numerous cycle road races including the Tour de France and crowned it all with another Gold at the London Olympics Saying that it's not his achievements that put me off his personality and attitude His arrogance and petulance I find hard to deal with and although these give him real character I find it's an unlike able character His threatening to go home when Froome attacked in an attempt to win a second stage at the 2012 Tour was the act of a child He claims he only stayed after careful ego massaging from the team How can an athlete who's spent their whole life dreaming of wearing the Yellow Jersey even contemplate going home because he couldn't follow a team mate? I did finish the book as I wanted to see if he redeemed himself unfortunately not Overall it's an interesting history of an accomplished athlete but one that leaves me cold and even a bit disappointed I think less of him now than before I read this book 'My Time' tells the story in his own words of Bradley Wiggins' 'Golden Year' of 2012 when he won both the Tour de France and the Olympic Cycling time trial in his home city of LondonI can't help but compare it to the other cycling book I read this year 'Life According to G' by Wiggins' fellow Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas On that basis it lacks the breadth human interest technical detail and humour of Thomas' book And also unlike Thomas' book in places it seems very 'it's all about me' but then it is of an autobiography for the period leading up to an including 2012Having said all that it does provide a good insight into Sports Psychology and Wiggins' character His lack of confidence when put in a pressurised leadership position and his ability to ask for help work with others and ultimately bounce back to take the most prestigious and hard won titles in sports It's also a good insight into the team dynamics and tactics of a sport like Grand Tour cycling; a whole new dimension to those of us that cycle alone or in small groups just for funOverall an average read in comparison to the Thomas book but a a good insight into Wiggins and a specific time in sports history Mr Wiggins is certainly a stickler for detail the book has almost too much information It was as if he had been recorded talking and it had been all written down verbatim making reading it hard work I would have liked on his relationships with other riders and less in his training sessions but I suppose he was explaining how he was able to win the TDF I like his respect for the traditions of cycling and his anti doping stance He is a complicated character who has added a lot of interest to the world of cycling Only 3 stars because of the average uality of the writing As a big cycling fan and a fan of Sir Wiggo I absolutely loved this book though I'm perhaps a bit biased The events in the book are just as exciting to read about as they were to watch You get the feeling the book was written exactly as he would have spoken it out loud in conversation which means there is a slight bit of repetition in places but I still didn't mind as I could hear him say the words in my head as if he were describing to me in person I particularly enjoyed the sections about his team mates and his relationship with Cav in particular but again I'm a big fan I'm not certain the book would be as entertaining to a non cycling fan though you would definitely learn a lot about the sport and some of the science behind it Definitely staying on my bookshelf at home What I found most interesting about 'My Time' was Bradley's take on doping and drugs in cycling particularly given the fact that I have recently read Tyler Hamilton's compelling autobiography and followed the whole Lance Armstrong implosion of the past few years At various points in the book he reprimands the hopefully 1990's early 2000's trend of 'not normal' cycling as Lance would probably put it The most interesting part of the novel possibly discounting the recounting of the Bonneval Chartres time trial is his take on Armstrong's drug taking His anger stems mostly from the fact that not only was he robbed of a podium spot by Lance in '09 but also how as the wearer of the yellow jersey now Wiggins is left to field all the uestions from the media and critics about the widespread doping prevalent in cycling for the past two decades even though as Wiggins elaborates he has never doped Not many who have possibly seen the interview during the Tour on Youtube where doping is insinuated by a journalist to Wiggins would be unsure as to what his views would be on the matterWe are the ones here in this sport right now who have to pick up the pieces We are the ones trying to race our bikes the ones sitting there in front of the press trying to convince them of our innocence continuing to do things in the right way; they've trashed the office and left; we're the ones trying to tidy it all up 190As Wiggins moves on to tell the story of the 2012 London Olympic Games in the weeks succeeding the end of the Tour even Alexander Vinokourov fails to escape his wrath As the gold medal was presented to Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan he of the blood doping positive from 2007 we sat in the tents in the pits for an hour after the finish with our skinsuits unzipped 271 Wiggins' contempt for dopers in the sport is highlighted again After the accomplishment of winning the 2012 Olympic Road Race Vinokourov's success is undercut by Wiggins as the Kazakh cyclist's previous transgression of doping is noted even though it was five years previous In Wiggins' eyes Vinokourov is one of the minority who have trashed the office with the rest including himself left trying to tidy it all up Perhaps Wiggins believes that Cavendish was deserving of the gold medal and that the Manx cyclist would possibly have triumphed it if the race had of gone to planOutside of the whole doping issue the book is still a worthwhile read and truly inspiring story of the most successful year for British cycling even if at times it seems to chronologically leap almost incomprehensibly from pillar to post This book took me an absolute age to read It usually takes me anywhere between a day or two to a month to work my way through a book But this book to me months to read I'm not saying it was a bad book infact far from it but the book just didn't pull me in and I found myself having uite little interest in it If it wasn't for the fact that I'm uite OCD and can't give up on something once started I'd have stopped reading this book ages ago I haven't exactly been following Bradley's career since the begininng but became a fan of his after Beijing After his phenomonal 2012 year I thought I'd like to read about it from his perspective so gave the book a go Like I said the book wasn't bad Reading in great detail about the tour from start to finish was very interesting The chapters on London 2012 were what I really wanted to read sboput though and whilst what was included was well written it just wasn't the priority compared to the detail the Tour win recieved What was most interesting was Bradley's stance on drugs following the Lance Armstrong scandal and Bradley as always is brutally honest in his opinions on this subjectBut despite being an interesting read when compared to Victoria Pendleton's book this just isn't the warts and all account that I have come to like about autobiographies Now I understand that this book concentrates on only one year and Bradley's earlier book depicts of his earlier life so I was never going to read about some of the examples I'd expect in other autobigraphies But parts of this book just seemed uite impersonal and where Bradley was recounting certain stages of the tour he might as well have just been reading off a map For someone who wears his heart on his sleeve as Bradley does I would have expected a insigtfull account than this But the only part of the book where Wiggins did seem to bear his soul was when talking about dopingI did enjoy reading about how Team Sky came together though This is something that is also documented in Pendleton's book But she tells it from the perspective of an outsider looking in and Wiggo tells it from someone at the heart of it all and the contrasting accounts are uite intersetingIn all a nice little account of Bradley's record winning year from his point of view but generally uite impersonal and thus not very captivating A poor rating for two main reasons1 The writing style was stream of consciousness barrage in the worst possible way;2 Bradley Wiggins is a twatAlthough it did help me to understand better the team dynamic of cycling and there was a certain element of insight into how Team Sky won the Tour this was tough going It manages to describe entire training sessions and even races without ever giving the reader the desire to jump on their own bike and hit the road He goes into too much detail about the mechanics of certain training sessions and then manages to leave the reader confused when it comes to race tacticsIt could have done with a much ruthless editingWiggins himself is very clearly driven but not a likeable character He is happy enough to stick the boot into other team members and those around him but seems blissfully unaware of his own mood swings and selfishness He also tries to play himself off as just an ordinary bloke who enjoys a beer down the local The most decorated British cyclist of all time didn't get there by sinking pints of bitter at The King's HeadWithout having read any I can say with confidence there are better books out there on whatever you might be reading this for The Tour Team Sky the Olympics even Wiggins himself Avoid It only covers the last couple of years there is another book for the previous Olympic successes An interesting insight into the Sky set up the training the search for marginal gains the politics of selecting a team and supporting the leader Wiggo's transformation from reluctant leader and by his own admission a bit of a slacker a relative term still far dedicated than most people could ever be into someone leading by example and being incredibly dedicated and focussed on his training is shown in some detail Inspiring and there are hints on how to gain respect in a team that could apply to almost any work situation The bulk of the book is on the Tour with only a few pages on the end on the Olympics What does come through strongly is his desire to help his team in the same way that they helped hm win the tour whether this is leading out Cavendish on the Champs Elysee or playing a key role in the Olympic road race An interesting character and a very interesting book I love cycling the Tour and everything around it but this book was a tough one to finish It reads like a matter of fact statement about each day in the tour than a story Wiggins literally describes things in a way of ‘I did this and then he did this’ but only superficially touches upon things that would really interest me such as training schedules and tools used at Sky and his relation to other riders and his own teamThe repetitions in this book Sky always rides clean Wiggins is such a humble person got to me after a while Whether those things are true or not isn’t up to me to decide but after Wiggins mentions multiple things for the fourth of fifth time I got a bit bored with itIt’s a shame because he remains a great cyclist and I really think his story could be inspiring if it had been written down differently I love cycling Even after all the doping affairs I still love watching it And thus I hate Sky Sky Team is boring Wiggins should never have won the Tour Froome was better Everyone saw it But it had to be Wiggins And the way the rode it can't be any boring than that Now after reading this I don't hate Wiggins the man any I still can stand the cyclist Cycling should never have become so calculated It is about instinct It is about the best is going to winBut from what he wrote about himself he seems like an OK guy The book is not best you are going to read but it is short and if you love love not like you won't waste your time

Hardcover  Ù My Time MOBI ¼
  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • My Time
  • Bradley Wiggins
  • English
  • 03 October 2016
  • 9780224092128