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The Climb (Froome's first autobiography)

Jul 21, 2012
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I think this deserves its own thread, so it can be easy to follow along without having to keep up with the respective megathreads.

The Climb by Chris Froome - the inspirational memoir from the British winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France

The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome's journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey victory in the 2013 Tour de France.

A journey unlike any other in the history of cycling, Froome has crossed continents, overcome the death of his mother and conquered debilitating illness to follow his dreams and represent Team GB and Team Sky. He has experienced soaring triumphs, humbling defeats, a public rivalry with Bradley Wiggins and, most recently, the pressures of Lance Armstrong's legacy.

Extraordinary, revealing and life-affirming, The Climb is a story of determination, hardship and unimaginable success.
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I think it's brilliant that we'll go to a Tour de France starting in our home country with the reigning champion . . . The key to (Chris's) success is his mental resilience. He might look like an unlikely strong man at first glance, but I wouldn't let that fool you. Beneath the surface there is a real fighter. He's a tough guy (Sir Dave Brailsford)

Chris Froome is an absolutely phenominal athlete. It blows my mind how incredible his performances have been (Victoria Pendleton)

Even though we don't see each other so much anymore he has lived in my dreams. He (was) wearing the yellow jersey every day and I almost felt I was wearing it myself (David Kinjah, Chris Froome's former cycling mentor and coach, Safari Simbaz)

Just a few years ago we did not have anyone who could podium, but now we have two cyclists who can win the Tour in consecutive years. It is a phenomenal achievement and what Chris has done is phenomenal (Sir Chris Hoy)
sounds great! I hope Hog is ready to sacrifice himself and read this book too, so we can get all the funny quotes.
 
Jun 10, 2013
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That is because Froome and his autobiography are Oneself. All you heretics should give it a read and learn to praise this champion of All.
 
The Hitch said:
Funny how all the reviews you posted praise not the book, but froome himself.

And then Walsh boasts about how his froome books get positive reactions.
It was beyond my wildest expectations. When I first met him and he could barely ride in a straight line uphill! But after following my instructions he was riding faster than Armstrong! He deserves all the success he achieves. - Geert Leinders.
 
Jul 21, 2012
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The Hitch said:
Funny how all the reviews you posted praise not the book, but froome himself.

And then Walsh boasts about how his froome books get positive reactions.
Hitch, have you even read the book?

Maybe it will be great, and answer all your questions about Froome.







Or maybe not...
 
Aug 2, 2012
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y a w n

y a w n ! another book from a british tdf winner........................expect nothing and you will not be disappointed

it's not about the book

me? i'm off to breath in the sulphurous fumes from mount doom emerging a champion

Mark L
 
Jun 10, 2013
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thehog said:
It was beyond my wildest expectations. When I first met him and he could barely ride in a straight line uphill! But after following my instructions he was riding faster than Armstrong! He deserves all the success he achieves. - Geert Leinders.
And that is how you do not make a compliment. :eek:
 
Apr 20, 2012
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This thread will be comedy gold for sure. Bet the Chief Inspector Clouseau of Cycling will be even better than his previous one. Walsh, the Sequal of Absurd Humor.
 
Aug 31, 2012
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Allegedly there's a page in it with Brailsford's famous graph of age vs potential titled "I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles, Dave"
 
Jul 21, 2012
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SeriousSam said:
Allegedly there's a page in it with Brailsford's famous graph of age vs potential titled "I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles, Dave"
I hope youre serious.. This is the kind of stuff I want to read. Maybe we can also get an in depth interview with Henderson.
 
May 26, 2009
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There is going to be a movie made based on the book. Hollywood insiders have said Tom Cruise is being considered for the Froome role due to Cruise's past movies as an example(Thanks to Rich Hall for the material)

Top Gun: Cruise's character is fighter pilot, a pretty good fighter pilot until he has a crisis of confidence and isn't a good fighter pilot until he meets a woman who persuades him he can be a better fighter pilot.

Days of Thunder: Cruise's character is a race car driver, a pretty good race car driver until he has a crisis of confidence and isn't a good race car driver until he meets a woman who persuades him he can be a better race car driver.

and so on and so on..........
 
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Jerry Maguire: Tom Cruise's character is an athlete agent, a pretty good athlete agent until he has a crisis of confidence and isn't a good athlete agent until he meets a woman (and her young son) who persuades him he can be a better athlete agent. :D
 
Fearless Greg Lemond said:
Great news for this forum, how long did it take for the Gospel of Saint David to be quoted here?
I don't care. I'm buying it. Will be the funniest read in years. I will be posting a live broadcast from my tablet upon its download to my ipad! :rolleyes:

I really hope Walsh can take it further this time around. He has to push himself to new levels or ridiculousness.

If Contador is Barabbarse, Wiggins is Judus?



 
Mar 25, 2013
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the sceptic said:
I hope youre serious.. This is the kind of stuff I want to read. Maybe we can also get an in depth interview with Henderson.
I don't think this book will be done in that format. If Walsh was doing his own biography and was doing his own research, it would be done that way but this will be your typical ghost writing job through Froome's eyes.

I'm in two mind about reading this while he's still in the middle of his career. I read Cav's first one and Nico Roche's a few years back and I didn't really think they were anything special. I never read Wiggo's and wouldn't but maybe with the exception of David Millar's last one, cycling autobiographies like these aren't exactly ones that appeal to me.

Either way, I don't think it matters one bit what's in the book, people in general around here have made their minds up. I don't think what's in it will have any impact on changing people's opinions.
 
What the **** is up with all those athletes writing autobiographies before their career is even halfway done, it's ****ing stupid, just making money from dumb fans looking for some inspirational story which is probably only half-true and making yourself look stupid for people who doubted you anyway
 
Mar 25, 2013
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Catwhoorg said:
It will probably go on my Christmas list, assuming its in paperback by then.
That edition will probably be revised and updated to take in this year's Tour if Froome wins it.
 

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