Even by the standards of a sport that requires enormous stamina and capacity for suffering, Jens Voigt is in a class on his own. Beloved by cycling fans for his madcap one-man breakaways as much as his sense of humour and quotable catchphrases, Jens is one of the most popular personalities in cycling.
Jens was born near Hamburg and came up through the East German system before the Wall came down. He got into the national team through the German army before signing for his first big team. In many ways he is cycling's anti-star; despite arguably spending more time at the front of the Tour de France than any other rider, he has worn the yellow jersey only twice, as his efforts have always been in the service of others.
Jens embodies the best of cycling's qualities - loyalty to his team, sacrifice, and devotion to the sport. He says, 'I'm not a head person, I'm more of a heart and guts guy. That's how I race.'
Shut Up Legs will be a funny, insightful and entertaining look at the tough realities of professional cycling, told in Jens' trademark irreverent and inimitable style.
©2016 Jens Voigt (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
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"Sadly the narrator put me off....."
Ooooh. That narrator. Put me clean off the audio book so I have sadly returned it. The book itself is a collection of light hearted stories by a loved cyclist.
"Great life from a great athlete."
I think of him now as an even greater athlete and human being than before this autobiography.
I'm only half way through and the accent of the narrator is killing it for me. I appreciate its necessary but its almost comedic at times, like Dr. Nick from the Simpsons... huge fan of Jens but its really spoiling it for me.
"Good book but annoying voice"
Enjoyed the book but found the accent (although probably required) a little annoying and fake sounding
"Really Fun Book But Doesn't Avoid The Serious"
Fab narration and quite a chuckle. You feel it's Jensie personally speaking to you. I heard reviews saying it's fun but not on point for the darker side of cycling.... not so, it covers the light and dark amicably. Along with Wiggins n Board man's books (both highly recommended ) this is equally good.
"a good listen for the bike racing fan"
great narration. a good insight into the world of the bike racing peleton.
recommend listening to it during July to fill in the gaps between the tdf coverage
Fabulous read, entertaining and told in a typical honest fashion as you would expect from Voigt!
"amusing, but cliche laden"
as with so many sports books, the story is simply train-race-train-race
he's a funny guy so the book is amusing
but the cliche laden language is tiring
Brilliant..cyclist or not you cannot fail to be engaged. Jens was one of the last greats of the old school of cycle racing
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