Bloomsbury to Publish Dare to Tri My Journey from the BBC Breakfast Sofa to GB Team Triathlete by Louise Minchin

Dare to Tri is the amazing story of TV presenter Louise Minchin’s journey from the BBC Breakfast sofa to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships. This is a warmly written and wonderfully honest adventure-through sport that will both entertain and inspire.

‘I didn’t even know what a triathlon was before 2012… When I took up the sport three years ago I didn’t imagine for a second then, that, one day, I would be able to represent my country internationally.’ Louise Minchin

What started out as a fun television cycling stunt culminated in BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin wearing the colours of Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships in her age group. This is the story of how a newly discovered sport became a passion – and then an obsession.

Dare to Tri is Louise’s candid memoir of her incredible journey, recounting her rediscovery of competitive sport after nearly 30 years and her first tentative steps as a triathlete. In a story encompassing equal measures of determination and self-doubt, Louise has to overcome personal nerves, a brutal training regime, the odd bike crash and the occasional drama. Her adventure as she strives to represent Great Britain in triathlon is an inspiration for sporting late-starters everywhere.

  • Candid, entertaining and inspiring, this is a fascinating exploration of the sport of triathlon by a leading BBC personality.
  • Louise Minchin has a significant Twitter following (112k) and works closely with British Triathlon (45k followers).
  • The book will feature interviews with a number of high-profile triathletes, including Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Steve Cram and Paula Radcliffe.
  • Dare to Tri features a foreword by retired ballerina and judge Dame Darcey Bussell.


“A rousing story of how the BBC Breakfast presenter transformed herself into an international athlete… absolutely superb… inspirational read.” ­ Matthew Syed

“Enthralling” – Sunday Mirror

Author Biography: Louise Minchin is one of the UK’s best­known news presenters and broadcasters. For more than six years she has been the anchor of BBC Breakfast, the UK’s most popular breakfast television programme, watched by over six million viewers a day.

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