Heroes, Villains and Velodromes: Chris Hoy and Britain's Track Cycling Revolution (Paperback)
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Heroes, Villains and Velodromes: Chris Hoy and Britain's Track Cycling Revolution (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 30/08/2012
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Fully updated to include the extraordinary scenes at London 2012, where Hoy won two more gold medals to bring his total to six and overtake Sir Steve Redgrave, this is the story of Britain's greatest ever Olympian.

Chris Hoy has been instrumental in British track cycling's remarkable transformation from also-rans to world superpower. Now, having rewritten the record books as Olympic champion in four different cycling disciplines, and with six gold medals, Hoy has become a household
name and established himself in the pantheon of sporting greats.

This is a fly-on-the-wall account of Hoy and his team as he prepared for the Beijing Olympics, where he became the first Briton in a century to win three gold medals in a single Games, and it has now been fully updated to include the extraordinary scenes at London 2012, where Hoy won two more gold medals, to bring his total to six and overtake Sir Steve Redgrave as Britain's greatest ever Olympian.

The story begins with Hoy's introduction to cycling as a BMX racer and his progression to Olympic champion, and explains the origins and evolution of Britain's world-beating team. It includes a bizarre visit to the world's highest velodrome in Bolivia and a spellbinding journey from the razzmatazz of the
European six-day circuit to the craziness of the Japanese keirin races.

Award-winning writer Richard Moore tracks Hoy throughout a season in the saddle, explores his motivations and mentors from a young age, and provides an unblemished insight into the mind of a champion and the largely unknown world of track cycling. It's a story that is fully updated with the remarkable events in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, two successive Olympic Games that were dominated by Hoy and the British track cycling team.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007265329
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`This is an absolutely must-read book...Moore has cleverly used the very cogent words of others to paint a picture of real characters within a new order' Graham Obree, Scotsman

`A cracking story...I couldn't put it down' Hugh Porter, BBC cycling commentator

`Like its hero, this book is the real McHoy.' Scotland on Sunday

`An excellent book'. The Sunday Times

`...an inspiring tale. And in Richard Moore it has a splendid chronicler.' Independent on Sunday

`This is a must-read book that tells a story that had to be told.' The Scotsman

`...a gripping inside story of how Team GB's cyclists rode to glory.'
Independent on Sunday

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