The World of Cycling According to G
Sit back or saddle up as double Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion Geraint Thomas gives you a warts and all insight into the life of a pro cyclist. Along the way he reveals cycling's clandestine codes and secret stories, tales from the peloton, the key characters like Wiggins, Hoy and Cav, the pivotal races and essential etiquette.
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I am a keen follower of cycling, both track and grand tours, as well as a keen cyclist, and have read a few biographies of past and present heroes. I must admit I prefer the biographies that follow a timeline ( like Racing Through the Dark by David Millar) rather than books that have "topic" focussed chapters.
That said, it was still ...more
"Do I get to talk about bodily functions, sleep, going out for beers, and NOT going out for beers?"
"Course you do. You're a Cardiff boy, aren't you? What else would we expect?"
"Do you want me to talk about drugs, or anything controversial?"
"No mate. Just keep it to the peeing, training, sleeping and drinking."
I've met Geraint Thomas last year, when he wore yelloow for the first time that season, on to win the Tour. He his indeed what you grasp from the book he might be.
Allez Gee! ...more
Overall a nice book and Geraint Thomas comes across as a lovely guy who it would be fun to have a drink with. I loved his observations on topics of all sorts, and they so ...more
Geraint is such a good team player. It feels like I've met him now.
And in 2018, I saw him cycle in the Tour of Britain. Superb and exciting!
As it happens, The World According to G does have a fair amount of humour in here (for example, on the diffi ...more
Which is absolutely fine with me. I like an auto/biography now and then, but I'm generally more interested in reading about the career/life/event that people are famous for than about their childhood and schooldays.
I'm a relatively new fan of competitive cycling (both track and road - I blam ...more
Needless to say you need to be interested in cycling, and to not have a hatred of Team Sky to enjoy this one, but Geraint's book was a really good read for me.
I've been interested in cycling for about 2 years now, so still chomping through all these books and viewings with my milk teeth but this was a really good biography. ...more
The structure of this book is also much like Crouch's, and by moving between topics rather than giving a chronological account, it allows Thomas to touch on pet topics like coffee and food without the feeling it's too much of a tangent. Unsurprisingly, some subjects are more interesting than ot ...more
It is funny, witty, and sickeningly grim in places, especially when you grasp the true inner life of a professional cyclist. Their life is a gruelling one, and to win the Tour probably took every ounce of grit and determination built ...more
Maybe you have to have retired from the sport before you can spill the beans.
If I was going to do a digested read it would be that you have to train hard, eat extremely carefully, be on the cutting edge of science and when you win and the season is over you can have a wild night out.
A young man's book but fun and worth it if that's what you want.
Being the cycling fan I am I have been watching the tour de France, la vuelta, the tour of Britain for the last few years. I have always watched the cycling at the Olympics both Rio, London and Beijing. G has fast become one of my fave cyclists. I follow him on Twitter and Facebook, so I thought it time to read his book. It's a great in sight into the cycling world and what it takes to be a pro of road and track. I admire him even more now.
Confess I only bought this because on special offer but reallytoyed.cleverly structured by topics ,nice sense of humour ,not too full of himself despite his achievements,this gives a good picture of their ed of a professional cyclist
Unusually for this type of book - its not really about the author (Team Sky domestique Geraint Thomas). It's certainly not a biography. Instead its a series of articles ... grouped into chapters ... about life at the bleeding edge of Cycle Racing. Certainly if you're a bit of a MAMIL (like me) it will have you hooked.
It captures topics - based on his experiences - ra ...more