The story of Chris Froome

The Climb follows Chris Froome’s singular journey from bike rides in Kenyan mountains to his crowning as champion, via his South African schooling, a pair of pet pythons, and his days as a neo-pro in the European peloton.

Born in Nairobi in 1985, Froome’s start in cycling involved gruelling day-long mountain bike rides with his friend and mentor, David Kinjah. After schooling and the start of an economics degree in South Africa, Froome turned pro with the small African team Konica-Minolta, the start of a career that would soon take him to the hand-to-mouth existence of a first year European professional and, later, an internationally acclaimed Grand Tour winner.

Written in collaboration with acclaimed sportswriter David Walsh, The Climb is a rare insight into one of the peloton’s most unusual stories.

I think it's brilliant that we'll go to a Tour de France starting in our home country with the reigning champion . . . The key to (Chris's) success is his mental resilience. He might look like an unlikely strong man at first glance, but I wouldn't let that fool you. Beneath the surface there is a real fighter. He's a tough guy - Sir Dave Brailsford