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Swim, Bike Run: Our Triathlon Story By Alistair & Jonny Brownlee, with Tom Fordyce

Release date: 10th June, 2013
Publisher: Viking

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Two lads from Yorkshire, inspired and supported by their parents, became household names last summer.

There were several reasons why their elevation to Olympic superstar status was so unusual. For a start, they’re brothers separated by just a couple of years, but perhaps even more remarkable is that they compete in a discipline which, up until very recently, was deemed to occupy a berth on the periphery of British sport.

Triathlons – a 1,500m swim, 40km of cycling, topped off with a 10km run – have been likened to ski-jumping, for how do you prepare to participate in a sport requiring all-or-nothing commitment? Most of us would answer ‘with difficulty’, but then, we’re not Alistair or Jonny Brownlee.

The Olympic twosome, ably assisted by Tom Fordyce, have produced a rare sport book, one in which neither man takes himself too seriously. Yet their sport is a serious business; even reading about their punishing training regimes is sufficient to make most of us wince in vicarious pain.

It’s no surprise to learn that the Brownlee brothers are blessed with an ability that has seen them attempt (and succeed at) many different sports, constantly encouraged by their parents, both of whom are doctors.

From the age of 9, each boy was running and swimming competitively, while for a hobby (!) both also cycled enormous distances. It seems that sibling rivalry spurred them both on – Alistair would even balance his A-level physics notes on his bike’s handlebars, revising while cycling and later winning a place at Cambridge University.

The pair have each had to make plenty of sacrifices en route to Olympic success, but rather than concentrate on any negatives, this is an inspirational tale of what can be done when you put your mind to it. Granted, the Brownlee boys are blessed with extraordinary sporting talent, but reading Swim, Bike, Run is enough to prompt even the laziest of armchair sports fans into action and make you appreciate just how good these two young Yorkshiremen actually are.


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