Another interesting cycling read to celebrate this Saturday’s Grand Depart of the Tour de France from Leeds is the autobiography of Chris Froome, the 2013 Tour winner.
Almost dropped by Team Sky a couple of years ago because of poor results, he was unaware that he was actually battling multiple debilitating and undiagnosed illnesses. Some of these were contracted in his boyhood in Kenya and ‘The Climb’ tells the fascinating and rather extraordinary story of his journey from a young boy riding around Nairobi through townships and past wild animals, and with few opportunities for an aspiring cyclist, to his unforgettable yellow jersey victory in the 2013 Tour.
Brought up by his mum in Kenya, he started cycling as a boy on a mountain bike under the wing of David Kinjah, whose philosophy was ‘you just get on a bike and go.’
He’s since had to cope with her death of his mother and battle his way to the top – his early results were poor! The books also chronicles his public rivalry with Bradley Wiggins and, most recently, the pressures of Lance Armstrong’s legacy.