Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of the revealing, inspirational memoir from the British winner 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 and life-affirming, The Climb is a story of determination, hardship and unimaginable success.
©2014 Chris Froome (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
A very well written and entertaining listen. It's refreshing to break free of the post Armstrong doping books and get back to the heart of the story.
Froome story is unique of how a young white Kenyan can rise to the top of cycling's world. I think after reading this book there is hope for our sport and some of it's top players.
Doherty does an excellent job, and even gets all the Swahili and African references right.
Well worth it. Probably one of the best biographies of a pro cyclist.
"Tour Fever! An incredibly interesting story."
I really enjoyed listening to The Climb, just in time for the Tour de France hitting North London/Essex.
Froome's story is quite unconventional. It is great to listen to a contemporary riders tale free from the demons of doping.
After listening to The Climb I went out and cycled the roads around Epping, a day before the Tour.
The account of the hill attack during the Vuelta de Espana.
His accents were very good, especially the South African.
It made me get out and cycle a lot harder.
Well worth a listen, especially when held up against Bradley Wiggins' My Time
"One of the best books I've read / listened to"
I definately will, it was just a great allround story providing a real insight into the upbringing and life of a great athlete
Really enjoyable listen, great story and its made me really warm to Chris Froome
"Incredible athlete and human being. Well read"
I was introduced to the Tour de France because it came to Yorkshire this year and everyone was so hyped it was impossible to escape it. I hadn't heard of chris froome because I hadn't followed cycling before.
However he caught my eye when he crashed in 2014 TDF and I saw his wounds. Wow he just got on his bike and kept going even after he was all bloodied. I was intrigued and decided buy his book "The Climb".
Well what an introduction to the sport! I've now followed the TDF on Euro sport, watched YouTube videos, and read many articles about it. I'm hooked! It is clear that Chris Froome is an incredible cyclist. Probably the best there's ever been. I find him a fascinating man who has made cycling come alive for me. He has a story to tell for many rides.
It's written in a humble, modest and informative way. He is intelligent and humorous but what is most compelling to read is his passion for the sport. The journey and lessons he's learnt make for a compelling read both for me, a novice to the sport, but also I imagine an insight into cycling for experienced fans too.
What an incredible man he is. He is so inspirational. I found it interesting to hear about how he controls his diet and exactly how he pushes himself in training. "I'll just push myself half an hour more" -whaaaaat!? That is "the climb" and how he has reached the peak of the sport where he is today. But I get the impression if you asked him even now he'd still say something he's got to work on.
I was appalled when I read about the abuse he's had. From what I've read he is a clean and exceptional cyclist and people who continually question him about doping need to wake up and enjoy this incredible athlete. This is a passionate guy who doesn't even like a caffeine gel when he needs sugar.
Favourite part: it was all brilliant but I liked hearing about his relationship with Richie Port, his description of that incredible win on Mont Ventoux, the tactics of the team and how much he pushes himself to achieve his goals.
Surprising part: it was humbling to hear about how he was "eventually" tired at stage 19 of the TDF 2013 and sometimes needs to sit down in the shower to have some relaxing time.
Disappointing part: what a shame that he has crashed out of the TDF 2014 and that I haven't followed the sport earlier. He is not only a fantastic cyclist but also having read his book he is a modest, funny, quietly determined and nice guy.
I felt very emotional as he described the Tour de France win. Also the Mont Ventoux win and the battle against Cobo in theVuelta.
I now feel like I know him and admire the man and cyclist that he is. This is a great book which is fascinating and a real page turner.
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