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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091933412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091933418
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,948 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rogers on 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 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Edmondson on 3 Sept. 2014
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An excellent insight into the life and mind of an amazing winner. Cavendish provides a refreshingly open and honest appraisal of his character, and is not afraid to bare his soul, warts and all. This makes the book believable, and human. I'd recommend this book for both cycling enthusiasts and those just interested in what makes a sporting champion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stu on 30 Jun. 2014
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Interested in cycling then this book is perfect! I've just got into cycling myself and found cav inspired my decision to buy my first road bike. Read both books now and their fantastic reads. Gutted he married PETA though she's beautiful! Lucky man!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chris bedford on 30 April 2014
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Great second book by our home grown Sprint king 'the Manx missile'
Up to date and well written.. well worth a look
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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 what goes on inside the Pelaton, the rivalries, the tactics and the management of teams, What surprised me most was how little the media report about what ACTUALLY went on in a race is is going on in teams, and how they pursue certain individuals like Mark one way or another to create headlines that bear little or no resemblance to the truth.
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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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A great read, I love The Tour De France and any insight into it. I watch it in its entirety and I enjoyed Cav's book immensely as it tied it with my memories of the le Tour and various things that had happened over the years, with a view inside the peloton and the teams.

At times it can seem egotistical, but i guess that what makes a good sportsman a great one.

Thoroughly un put down able and a good book to read before this years Tour Starts!
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By Val G on 8 Dec. 2013
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Mark talks about everything. His faults, his regrets, his loves, his achievements and his hopes for the future. He openly criticises or praises where he thinks it's deserved. Did he hold anything back? Seems not. When you've read this book you feel you really know him.
Could I live with him? Probably not. He's far too "driven" for my laid-back (aka lazy) character - but I'm delighted that others can and that he has a great family. Good luck to him.
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