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Three books to buy this Christmas

Essential reading

Stuck for last minute cycling gifts? Here’s three cycling books which are must reads, focusing on the highest profile British cyclists of the past year.

Chris Hoy: the Autobiography

Sir Chris Hoy returned from the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the first Briton to win three Olympic gold medals at the same Games since 1908, and his autobiography tells the incredible story of how the cycling fanatic from Edinburgh became a Commonwealth, World and Olympic champion against the toughest of odds.

As the first Briton to win 3 Olympic golds at the same Games since 1908, Scotland’s Chris Hoy has become a beacon for British sporting achievement. His autobiography charts his life from 7-year-old BMX fanatic, supported by a devoted dad and local cycling club, through paralysing self-doubt and a major career overhaul, to the sport’s holy grail, three gold Olympic medals.

Bradley Wiggins: In Pursuit of Glory

In Pursuit of Glory is Bradley Wiggins’ autobiography in which he offers a frank account of the highs and lows on the journey to winning multiple Olympic medals.

The book is a fascinating and revealing account of his life. In it, he not only reveals the sheer hard work required to get to the very top, but also provides a fascinating and controversial insight into the sometimes murky world of cycling.

Mark Cavendish: Boy Racer

Mark Cavendish needs no introduction. At the age of just 23 Cavendish has become the fastest sprinter in the world and amassed an impressive list of race wins, including the 100th Milan San Remo this year.

Cavendish’s forthright views on other members of the cycling world – coaches, fellow riders, journalists, drug cheats and the men and women who made British cycling the success story of the Beijing Olympics, are told. The drama of the final sprint, the wheel-on-wheel action is told through a book which offers a unique account of the worlds fastest sprinter.

Available in all good bookshops.

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