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Trott and Kenny joint autobiography on the way

One couple, one book – and 10 Olympic gold medals

Having sealed ‘golden couple’ status at the Rio Olympics, Jason Kenny and Laura Trott are to release their autobiography. Yes, that’s right – a joint one.

BikeBiz reports that the hardback will be published on November 10, priced at £20. Michael O’Mara Books is said to have won the publishing rights at a "hotly contested" auction.

If you’re wondering how a combined autobiography might work, the couple’s relationship is apparently ‘at its core’. The book will give some insight into their lives as two athletes competing separately within the same sport and how that shapes their day to day living. Does Kenny always cook tea, do they take turns, or are tea-cooking responsibilities a bit more ad-hoc? These pressing questions and more may or may not be answered.

It sounds like a lot of the book will focus on the couple’s journey to gold medal success in Rio. It promises to take the reader through training and preparation and also what inspired them to take up cycling in the first place.

Kenny said: "Eight years, three Olympics and 10 gold medals between us: this will be the inside story of how we have pulled it all off - the big races, the tactics and training, the struggle and the success."

Trott said: "After all that happened in Rio this feels like the perfect time to tell our story. It's been great looking back at what we have done, and looking deep into what makes us tick both as individual athletes and together as a team."

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riotgibbon | 7 years ago
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I agree on the Cav books. Based solely upon the evidence of how appeared after stages on the telly, I always regarded him as the most enormous horses' ass. However, reading the books explained a lot, what he did to get to where he is now and revealed his incredible determination and focus. He deserves what he has achieved. He was a real gentleman on Sunday at ToB, making sure he'd spent time with all the kids swarming around his bus, he's been that kid.

I still wouldn't want to be in the way after he's lost a stage though. 

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mrtrilby replied to riotgibbon | 7 years ago
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riotgibbon wrote:

I still wouldn't want to be in the way after he's lost a stage though. 

Indeed. We waited for hours for him after a stage of last year's ToB. He sat in the car and completely ignored the kids waiting for him, before rushing into his hotel. All the other riders were really friendly. I can't say that I have much time for him, particularly after his petulant outburst at the Olympics. He might be a great rider, but not a great role model. 

My daughters will lap up the Laura/Kenny book though - she's a great role model for aspiring female cyclists. 

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CasperCCC | 7 years ago
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Why shouldn't they release an autobiography?

If people want to read it, they will. If people don't want to read it, they won't.

I've read Cav's autobiographies. (Yes... two! Horror! And he's still racing!) They were interesting - gave me an insight into pro racing, and into Cav's mindset. I'm glad that he released them when he did, rather than waiting till he retired.

People get upset about the weirdest things. It's very strange.

 

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kitsunegari | 7 years ago
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Whilst I don't feel as strongly about it as SuperPython seems too; I've never really understood why sports people think its ok to release autobiographies when they're still competing.

Fair enough someone else makes that decision for them to cash in on their popularity, but they still ok it; which to my mind shows them up for what they are.

I could read Boardman all day because of what he's given back to cycling, and continues to do so. I might consider reading about these two when they've done even half of what he has.

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jollygoodvelo | 7 years ago
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Isn't it sweet.  What a lovely couple.

 

Ugh.

 

Better hope they never break up or anything, that's a lot of books that will need burning as well as a road to rename.

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stenmeister | 7 years ago
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Kenny is drafting behind Trott who could have sold loads of copies of her autobiography compared with him.

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Edgeley | 7 years ago
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I don't know why my comment appeared twice.   Ironic, in the circumstances.

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Edgeley | 7 years ago
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Does this mean I only save half as much money by not buying it as I would have done by not buying separate autobiographies?  I feel cheated.

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Edgeley | 7 years ago
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Does this mean I only save half as much money by not buying it as I would have done by not buying separate autobiographies?  I feel cheated.

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