• Mastermind: How Dave Brailsford Reinvented the Wheel

  • Sport Shorts
  • By: Richard Moore
  • Narrated by: Richard Moore
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dave Brailsford has spearheaded the track cycling revolution in Britain, helping turn the nation into a superpower. He is also head of Team Sky and oversaw Bradley Wiggins' victory at the 2012 Tour de France. But who is the man behind the mask?

This is a portrait of one of the most enigmatic presences in world sport; an exploration of his background, a unique insight into the formation of his methodology and an analysis of how he has forged a new path in a sport riven with controversy.

©2013 Richard Moore (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Good story, but unclear about how “reinvented the wheel”

Great narration, and a very good story/history lesson about Dave Brailsford. But while the book told events as they happened, I was hoping for a little more analyzation of the methods Brailsford used in his coaching. It briefly mentioned the aggregation of marginal gains, but then when back into the timeline.
Good listen, just wasn’t what I was expecting or hoping for.

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Interesting listening

Particularly if you are a new rider, hooked on cycling and follow the pro game.

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Disappointed

Very basic biography. Wanted to hear more about the specific ways that he turned the team around with aggregation of marginal gains.

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Limited

Dating back to the time when Team Sky (now Ineos) had only one TdF win, this is more of an assertion that Sky rides clean than a review of how Brailsford “reinvented the wheel”.

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  • Nicholas
  • 01-01-15

Brilliant short book

This was an excellent short insight into the man and the hidden mechanics of the team. Well worth a listen.

2 people found this helpful

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  • Yaacov
  • 08-19-22

Very interesting book

An intersting insight into what it takes to run such an empire of a team, And great to hear the late Richard Moore's voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-22

Interesting story

Great story Dave is an interesting guy probably best suited to the racing enthusiast who’s been following racing for a while

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-22

Very disappointed

Hard to believe you can spend 90 minutes talking about the most boring/unnecessary details of such an influential man in British sport.

Doesn’t even scratch the surface on how DB ‘re-invented the wheel’.

Don’t waste your time.

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  • Sam
  • 01-14-22

Great content, interesting insights

I'm a big cycling fan but didn't know much about Brailsford until listening to this. it's great to know what he's like behind the scenes to link to what you're watching on TV.
Could have outsourced the narration for a bit more enthusiasm but it's not as bad as other reviews make out.

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  • Mike
  • 10-09-21

Great example of a writer sticking to writing

Do not get the audiobook, the reading is monotone, without emotion and utterly disengaging, the intro literally sent me to sleep, worst reading ever.

The book is short on content, story, vision, it’s garbage and possibly the worst audio book I’ve purchased

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  • Victoria S.
  • 10-05-21

A very interesting listen

an interesting look into the world of British cycling and the surrounding doping controversy. Well worth a listen

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  • EdPeters
  • 09-15-21

Great listen

perfect listening on a cycle ride
Great book and read by Richard.
highly recommended

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  • Mr C.
  • 08-18-21

Insight into a Visionaery

A great listen into the inner workings of a professional sport and Unique personality

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  • Stuart Everton
  • 03-06-21

Dull

So unbelievably dull could not get past it

No substance or anything like I expected