Ebury gets cycling champion Chris Boardman's memoir

Ebury gets cycling champion Chris Boardman's memoir

Ebury Press has acquired the autobiography from "the father of modern British cycling" Chris Boardman, to be published on 2nd June in time for Father’s Day.

Ebury Publishing deputy publisher Andrew Goodfellow bought world rights direct from the author.

Boardman is a British former racing cyclist, who won Gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics: Britain's first cycling Gold medal in 72 years. He broke the world hour record three times, and won three stages of the Tour de France. As head of the R&D team known as The Secret Squirrel Club, he has also been responsible for many of the technical innovations that made the difference in 2012. His autobiography is described as a story "full of intrigue" recounting Boardman's Olympic success, "duels" with Graeme Obree, the Tour de France and his struggles with illness which threatened his career. 

Boardman, also a frequent commentator for major cycling events on the BBC and ITV, said: "I am a great fan of looking forward, only digging into the past to find lessons that might inform what comes next so it was a big decision to decide to write this book. In working with Ebury and writing this account, I've found out new things about myself and enjoyed reflecting on old friends and special moments so I hope you'll enjoy it, from my perspective, it’s been quite a ride."

Goodfellow said: "Chris is a modest guy but he has a huge story and tells it brilliantly in his own style. Between Tom Simpson and Bradley Wiggins there was Chris. He’s was pivotal both on and off the bike in taking British cycling from the dark ages to world beaters."

The book will be supported by a nationwide bookshop tour, high profile serialisation, publicity and marketing campaign. It is due to publish in hardback on 2nd June, priced £20.