Andreas Campomar, publishing director at Constable (Hachette UK), has bought UK & Commonwealth rights, and Rolf Zettersten, Publisher of Center Street, (Hachette US) has bought North American rights, to To the Finish Line: A World Champion Triathlete’s Guide to Your Perfect Race by Chrissie Wellington with 220 Triathlon magazine from Jonathan Conway at Jonathan Conway Literary Agency.
To the Finish Linewill give triathletes of all ages and abilities the chance to learn from a four-time World Ironman champion. Inspired by her regular columns for 220 Triathlon, the UK’s leading triathlon magazine published by Immediate Media Co., Chrissie offers advice on everything from planning your race season and fitting triathlon training into everyday life, to race nutrition strategy and coping with pre-race nerves, to exercising during pregnancy and how to budget for a triathlon. Drawing on Chrissie’s own training and race experiences – both good and bad – and packed full of extras, such as recipes, a typical weekly training programme and pearls of wisdom from some of Chrissie’s own advisors, To the Finish Line will be the triathlete’s ultimate go-to guide to achieving a perfect race.
Chrissie Wellington OBE is an iconic figure in the history of British triathlon. A four-time World Ironman champion, she also holds the Ironman world record and, over her professional career, remained undefeated at the Ironman distance. She was voted Sunday TimesSportswoman of the Year in 2010, and an OBE for services to sport and charity in 2015. Her 2012 memoir, A Life Without Limits, also published by Constable, was a No. 1 Sunday Timesbestseller.
Wellington says, ‘I’m so excited that this book has become a reality, thanks to a partnership with Little, Brown and 220 Triathlon. Triathlon has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. Although I am no longer a professional athlete, I want to use my platform as four-time Ironman World Champion to inspire, educate and encourage others and this book is a way of doing just that. It offers something for everyone, whatever stage you are at on your sporting journey; enabling you to be the athlete you dream of, whether that be through refining your training, your nutrition, goal setting, your race strategies or by strengthening your mind. To the Finish Line will enable you to understand the mind and body of a champion and learn from what I, and my fellow professionals, do. The book is filled to the brim with tips, practical advice and information – including from those who have helped me – but also musings on other issues related to triathlon, sport and life in general. It will empower you to be the best that you can be on your journey to that hallowed finish line.’
‘Chrissie excels at everything she puts her mind to,’ says Campomar. ‘Not only is she a four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, she is also a bestselling author. When we published her autobiography, A Life Without Limits, five years ago, it went straight to No. 1. Her new book, To the Finish Line, will be an invaluable practical resource not just for triathletes but for anyone who wants to up their game.’
‘We know based on feedback from our readers how valuable Chrissie Wellington’s advice is,’ says 220 Triathlon editor Helen Webster. ‘Her wealth of knowledge is taken from personal experience and delivered in such a way that it inspires triathletes of all levels of ability, from newcomer to experienced Ironman, to get out there and achieve their best. We are excited about the publication of this must-read book that will help every triathlete reach their goals.’