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Faster Audiobook

Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists

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Publisher's Summary

For professional cyclists, going faster and winning are, of course, closely related. Yet surprisingly, for many, a desire to go faster is much more important than a desire to win. Someone who wants to go faster will work at the details and take small steps rather than focusing on winning. Winning just happens when you do everything right - it's the doing everything right that's hard. And that's what fascinates and obsesses Michael Hutchinson.

With his usual deadpan delivery and an awareness that it's all mildly preposterous, Hutchinson looks at the things that make you faster - training, nutrition, the right psychology - and explains how they work and how what we know about them changes all the time. He looks at the things that make you slower and why they do so and how attempts to avoid them can result in serious athletes gradually painting themselves into the most peculiar lifestyle corners.

Faster is a book about why cyclists do what they do; about what the riders, their coaches, and the boffins get up to behind the scenes; and about why the whole idea of going faster is such an appealing, universal instinct for all of us.

©2014 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (P)2016 Leafblower Audio LLC DBA Sportybooks

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    Ron Roman 08-12-16
    Ron Roman 08-12-16
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    "Interesting, enjoyable, and witty"

    I am a bit surprised how much I liked this book. He took what could be a dry topic and made it interesting and informative. And he did so with wit and wisdom. Just about any type of athlete will discover something valuable in this book, but cycling, running, and triathletes will find this read particularly worthwhile. The book is not about specific training plans, but instead provides higher-level insights about muscle types, genetics, aerodynamics, and training. Now that I have finished the book I have to get out of the chair and on the bike so I, too, can be faster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiencia James 11-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read!"

    This is a book about the author's personal cycling career mixed with research in the realm of peak sports performance. It has a nerdy component that appeals to people like me who like books like "The Sports Gene", "The Outliers", etc. A nice bit of humor mixed in to make an amusing read for people with interest in sports. A am a triathlete and enjoyed the insights.

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    LaLa SC, United States 09-20-16
    LaLa SC, United States 09-20-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Great! A mix of humor, insight, & information"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, what cyclist doesn't want tips to go faster? Train smarter not harder.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Faster?

    Ice baths are evil... yippee!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'll try anything once


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Vance was perfect! This book definitely fueled my ongoing quest for speed. Taught me a lot of what I shouldn't be doing as well as what I should be doing. It's peppered with humorous real life accounts and insight into what the biggest teams are doing in their quest for speed.

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  • Shane Kearney
    6/9/16
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    "Entertaining, informative, delivers prospective"

    I have read over 50 sport science type books over the years my first was a rare translation of the east Germany book Rudern circa 1985 and my latest prior to this Joe Friels Fast after 50. This is the only time that I have finish a chapter and re-read because it's delivered insight in a very entertaining way. I was just a bit disappointed Bernard did not get a mention!

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  • Amazon Customer
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    11/15/16
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    "Amusing Factual"

    really good listen, not too technical for an audio book listen. e.g not lots of technical to remember. recommended for any bikey!!!

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  • S
    10/30/16
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    "A must for anyone interested in the sport."
    Where does Faster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Hutchinson


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Very entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed every part of this book, very well written and funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joseph
    10/24/16
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    "best audiobook I have ever bought"

    this was brilliantly written and extremely well read I could listen to it all over again

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  • simon
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    10/12/16
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    "Superb"

    Very informative, funny and entertaining. Well narrated as well.

    Apparently I need to write at least 15 words...this is filler!

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  • Phil
    Paisley, United Kingdom
    8/13/16
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    "well worth a listen"

    very informative and unintentionally humorous in places. been thru it twice and will listen again.

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  • Simple Lad
    North Scotland
    6/25/16
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    "Good mix of humour and information."

    Entertaining and informative to suit cycling anoraks and those with a more passing interest. Quite a broad range of topics covered with some depth in nutrition, physiology and aerodynamics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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