Gunnar Billhage | 2/17/2014
" Not as goods as I had hoped. Doesn't reveal any new insights to the person. Had hoped to more training tips. "
Philip Patterson | 2/11/2014
" What I found most interesting about 'My Time' was Bradley's take on doping and drugs in cycling, particularly given the fact that I have recently read Tyler Hamilton's compelling autobiography and followed the whole Lance Armstrong implosion of the past few years. At various points in the book, he reprimands the (hopefully) 1990's-early 2000's trend of 'not normal' cycling, as Lance would probably put it. The most interesting part of the novel, possibly discounting the recounting of the Bonneval-Chartres time trial, is his take on Armstrong's drug taking. His anger stems mostly from the fact that not only was he robbed of a podium spot by Lance in '09 but also how, as the wearer of the yellow jersey now, Wiggins is left to field all the questions from the media and critics about the widespread doping prevalent in cycling for the past two decades even though, as Wiggins elaborates, he has never doped. Not many who have possibly seen the interview during the Tour on Youtube where doping is insinuated by a journalist to Wiggins would be unsure as to what his views would be on the matter:
"We are the ones here, in this sport, right now, who have to pick up the pieces. We are the ones trying to race our bikes, the ones sitting there in front of the press trying to convince them of our innocence, continuing to do things in the right way; they've trashed the office and left; we're the ones trying to tidy it all up" (190).
As Wiggins moves on to tell the story of the 2012 London Olympic Games, in the weeks succeeding the end of the Tour, even Alexander Vinokourov fails to escape his wrath. "As the gold medal was presented to Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan - he of the blood-doping positive from 2007 - we sat in the tents in the pits for an hour after the finish with our skinsuits unzipped" (271). Wiggins' contempt for dopers in the sport is highlighted again. After the accomplishment of winning the 2012 Olympic Road Race, Vinokourov's success is undercut by Wiggins as the Kazakh cyclist's previous transgression of doping is noted, even though it was five years previous. In Wiggins' eyes, Vinokourov is one of the minority who have "trashed the office" with the rest, including himself, left "trying to tidy it all up". Perhaps Wiggins believes that Cavendish was more deserving of the gold medal and that the Manx cyclist would possibly have triumphed it if the race had of gone more to plan.
Outside of the whole doping issue, the book is still a worthwhile read and truly inspiring story of the most successful year for British cycling even if, at times, it seems to chronologically leap almost incomprehensibly from pillar to post. "
Duncan | 2/1/2014
" How to win the Tour De France. If you are interested in power outputs, sustained effort and the other technical details that make up the modern cyclists life this is the book for you. "
Nick | 1/23/2014
" It only covers the last couple of years (there is another book for the previous Olympic successes). An interesting insight into the Sky set-up, the training, the search for marginal gains, the politics of selecting a team and supporting the leader. Wiggo's transformation from reluctant leader and, by his own admission, a bit of a slacker (a relative term, still far more dedicated than most people could ever be) into someone leading by example and being incredibly dedicated and focussed on his training, is shown in some detail. Inspiring, and there are hints on how to gain respect in a team that could apply to almost any work situation. The bulk of the book is on the Tour, with only a few pages on the end on the Olympics. What does come through strongly is his desire to help his team in the same way that they helped hm win the tour, whether this is leading out Cavendish on the Champs Elysee, or playing a key role in the Olympic road race. An interesting character, and a very interesting book. "
Huw Thomas | 1/19/2014
" Interesting read covering 2010-12 - very readable style and informative. Insights into his training and his feelings during the TDF and Olympics 2012 "
Klaus | 12/8/2013
" Quite a good read. Read the first book as well, so a few parts were familiar. Nice insights and the small anecdotes were great as well. "
Trev Twinem | 12/1/2013
" marvellous biography of a true champion! "
Andy | 11/30/2013
" Sir Wiggo's story of winning cycling biggest prizes drug-free. Also has the background to the sports science and new thinking that have finally eclipsed doping. An adrenalin pumping read! "
Alan Hamilton | 11/22/2013
" This is basically a diary of the last couple of years. It is well enough written and gives a good insight into the mind of a top cyclist. However, it doesn't reveal anything that isn't covered in other cycling biographies or the various Bradley documentaries. "
Jane Davis | 11/3/2013
" Fab, I really enjoyed this book, great insight into winning the Tour. "
Adam Underhill | 10/4/2013
" Really easy to read. I found it pretty compelling and it's good to read about the inside workings of the Sky team. "
Graeme Skinner | 9/24/2013
" Just simply brilliant. Nothing more, nothing less. Sir Wiggo!! "
Kate Brimble | 3/23/2013
" A truly inspirational story of a great achievement. Fascinating insight into the workings of the tour and the summer of 2012. Allez Wiggo! "
Daniel | 3/6/2013
" Better than the previous book but not too much repetition of its substance enjoyed the style too. "
Ian | 2/12/2013
" Good read about the amazing Tour De France win, gives an insight into the sacrifices he had to make to win the one he craved more than any other... "
Barry Kehoe | 1/9/2013
" Only covers a couple of years, but still an great insight into an amazing year for him. "
Veronique | 12/20/2012
" Really quite badly written - you are just listening to Bradley chat about his career in the last 3-4 years - but full of interesting thoughts and facts about how he got to be so successful in 2012, including his views on doping (e.g. Lance Amstrong etc). "
Richard Hakes | 11/11/2012
" Straight forward, interesting to cyclists but not exciting! "