Before Bradley Wiggins, there was Sean Yates. Behind Bradley Wiggins, there was Sean Yates.
One of only five Britons to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, Sean Yates burst onto the cycling scene as the rawest pure talent this country has ever seen. After turning professional at the age of 22, he soon became known as a die-hard domestique, putting his body on the line for his teammates.
Devastatingly fast, powerful and a fearless competitor, Yates won a stage of the Tour, as well as the Vuelta a España, in 1988, and went on to don the coveted maillot jaune six years later. Having put British cycling on the map as a rider, Yates was soon in demand as a directeur sportif, using his tactical knowledge to inspire a new generation of cyclists to success. And after Team Sky came calling, Yates was the man to design the brilliant plan that saw Sky demolish the opposition in 2012, and for Bradley Wiggins to become the first cyclist from these shores to win the Tour.
Straight-talking, entertaining and revelatory, It's All About the Bike is the story of a remarkable career told from the unique perspective of a man who is immersed in the history of the sport he loves.
©2013 Sean Yates (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
"Laughably Poor Narration"
Hearing the life story of an iconic racing cyclist and director sportif, was really interesting. Yates is really good (and knows it), but this didn't sound big-headed, and he appeared more than aware of his shortcomings as well as his assets.
The no-nonsense style of writing
This is a book with a very limited potential readership, i.e. cyclists or people interested in cycle racing. The publisher/actor (who knows who should take care of this?) had made absolutely no effort to research the pronunciation of the names of people, places and events. This is just sloppy and unprofessional and I would have felt short-changed had I paid full price for the audiobook. As it was, it was so bad that it became laughable and actually added a comedy dimension to the whole thing. If you're precious about this sort of thing, then this is definitely not the book for you.
Despite the subject matter, this is a sub-standard product and the publishers should hang their heads in shame.
"this guy is a proper legend!"
I loved this book, Sean Yates is a true legend, the narration is good, even the accents used for people from the continent are amusing, a great read/listen
"Great story, poor narrating"
Very good story with some interesting and insightful anecdotes.
However the reader isn't the best.
"If you like cycling, you'll like this!"
A little more 'to the point' without the agenda of books by those still riding.
Chose to ignore any tales of cheating and drugs. Understandably, considering the company he often kept. Gave the accused some better press than they've had in the last few years.
"An authentic look inside cycling"
His introduction to cycling and growing into a neo-pro and then full pro. The back stories regarding Lance Armstrong et al or course and just the refreshingly straightforward way all of this is put over. Many of my cycling friends had perceived ideas about Sean, but I feel I have a better understanding of what makes him tick, and I'm impressed. Chapeau to you Sean.
I wouldn't. It's essential that what and how Sean puts this over is left to speak for itself.
The reading of this is vitally important. Sometimes you forget this is Clive reading Sean's book and think it's Sean speaking. What more can I say, great effort Clive and it definitely enhances the book.
The bit where he say's the Liege Bastogne Liege - 'well that a b*$t*rd of a race, got half way round, climbed off my bike and gave up'. For a Rouleur like Sean to admit this says something. And yes it is hard, I've done it myself - in 12 hrs rather than the 8hr the professionals take.
This has inspired me to read further cycling texts, which after all is the best testimony you can give a book like this.
As a cycling fan who has followed the career of Sean Yates, his take on his own career was the main reason I bought the book and what I liked best about the book.
I particularly liked the anecdotes of events that happened "behind the scenes" and away from the races.
Clive Mantle's pronunciation of certain cycling related words (Johan Bruyneel and Liege-Bastogne-Liege for example) and his attempt at accents as a comical touch which adds to the entertaining stories
"great story from a legend"
I'm a cycling fan and Yates fan so enjoyed it very much.
His willingness to suffer.
could have researched is pronunciation of names better, it was clear he is not a cycling fan.
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