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At Speed [Hardcover]

Mark Cavendish
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Book Description

7 Nov 2013

The hottest sprinter in the world - Telegraph

Mark Cavendish is the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France's green jersey, the first to wear the iconic rainbow jersey in almost 50 years and our only ever rider to capture the Giro d'Italia points title. He is the most prolific sprinter in the Tour's history, and - according to L'Equipe - the best sprinter of all time. But smashing records and racking up victories means whole new levels of fame: and this has come at a price.

Living in the goldfish bowl, he has come under fire for his bombastic riding style and been portrayed as everything from an outlaw to a psychopath. Joining Sky in 2012, Cav soon found his own sprint interests to be incompatible with the team's other goals, while the expectations of a nation made his London Olympic failure hard to take.

In At Speed Cav takes you through the highs and lows of it all in intimate detail. This is a take-no-prisoners account of life at the pinnacle of his sport, and learning how to survive in the fast lane, both on and off the bike.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091933404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091933401
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cav is and will always be one of cycling's biggest characters and At Speed captures him perfectly" (Chris Boardman)

"Brilliant" (Telegraph)

"Fantastic... a real insight... funny, self-lacerating, brutal" (Cycling Weekly)

"Ultimately the joy of At Speed is the sense that, warts and all, this is the story of a rare sportsman.who isn't afraid to speak his mind rather than trot out the banal, PR-groomed soundbites of so many of his peers . this book speaks to both the heart and the mind of true cycling fans" (Velo Voices)

"The greatest sprinter of all time" (Bradley Wiggins)

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The hotly anticipated cycling autobiography of the year from the world's best sprinter

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winer just like Mark Cavendish 30 Nov 2013
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If youve read his previous book Boy Racer, youll know what to expect, truth and honesty from a great cyclist and nice person, some would say challengening, its an honest appraisal of the world of cycling the riders and management.

One thing comes over in the books is that he likes people, and always thanks them, something missing in a lot of people nowadays, he has an easy to read writing skill and makes even the most boring of subjects come alive some how,not that cycling is boring, the problem with this book is its so engrossing and actually stops you going out on the bike for a ride , you think ill just read that page then another pops up and you read that,and before long its the book.

Even for non cyclists its a good read as it covers personalities, and travel along with other things that happen in life like relationships with workmates.

If you do buy this book buy a spare as youre sure to have people wanting to borrow the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chapter 2 if "Boy racer" 16 Nov 2013
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No astounding revelations but still a good document of Cav between 2009 & 2013. I'm glad he released it now because I got to read it but it might've made for a better, more complete story if he'd waited till retirement to write it.
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He tells it how it is, if you don't like it, don't read it. Good informative insight of Cav's last few seasons. His quest for glory, his new romance and team fall outs. Easy to read and believable. Enjoyed every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Follow up from Boy Racer 15 April 2014
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The Next stage of Masrk's life as a Top Professional Cyclist following on from Boy Racer. A Good Read for Cyclists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars intresting read . 29 Mar 2014
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Having read marks first book I new what to except and was not disappointed one of the better written bios.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 13 Mar 2014
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A touch of humour and insight into the world of road cycling. I will have to read his other book now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight into Pro Racing 11 Mar 2014
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Having got into Road cycling recently I thought it might be good to get an insight into the strategy and inside track of pro racing so bought the book. It gives the reader a good idea of whats been happening with certain teams and how certain races were targeted.

Included the politics and behind the scenes dealings with team owners and riders.

Overall a good read that will enlighten the reader to make them appreciate the intricateness's of the sport next time they are watching a race on TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Night time reading 6 Mar 2014
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Received the book as a gift, good follow on from reading Bradley Wiggins book. Really interesting and easy to read, if you have an interest in the tour de france, this book is recommended
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Undecided !
I'm not sure about this book.Don't get me wrong,i am a fan of cav but this book just didn't grab me.Sorry cav.
Published 1 month ago by graeme bessell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts but the personalities of the author and ghost writer...
The personalities of the two authors were both good but too different. Either more or less difference would be better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lloyd H Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars At speed
great read couldn't put it down fantastic insight into a great champion lets see what 2014 holds for the Manx man
Published 2 months ago by Shert7
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas gift
Perfect gift - difficult to know what to buy for 21 year olds - so this hit the nail on the head
Published 2 months ago by mrs jennifer durrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Cav's always a winner!
From the first page I knew this book would be a good read. Cav's quirky sense of humour and style of writing is a joy to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Charlotte Ann Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
MC has had some bad press being seen as moody and opinionated, but when you are this good you can be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fireball 61
5.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into Mark Cavendish and the world of Professional...
A really enjoyable and interesting read. I learnt a lot not just about what makes Mark the man he is and the issues he has to deal with both in winning and losing, but also about... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeffrejo
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