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One Way Road: The Autobiography of Robbie McEwen [Kindle Edition]

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The autobiography of three time Tour de France Green Jersey winner.

Professional road cyclist Robbie McEwen will do whatever it takes to win on a bike. He is proud of his reputation as a 'competitive little bugger' and 'a bit of a hard bastard in the peloton', yet he is at pains to point out that what he's channelling is not rage or aggression but a fierce determination and razor-sharp focus.

Here, in his own words, Robbie reveals what has made him one of the most successful road cyclists of the last 20 years, winning over 200 professional races and three Tour de France green jerseys.

From his teen years in Brisbane winning just about every possible title for his age group at BMX, to his road-cycling apprenticeship at the Australian Institute of Sport before signing his first professional contract with Rabobank, right up to the present day, living in Belgium and riding for RadioShack, this is the complete picture of the inimitable sprinter. Robbie is every bit the feisty, single-minded battler that his fans know and love, but he is also a father and husband who likes hanging out with his mates and having fun. As he puts it, 'Most of the time, I'm Dr Jekyll. Mr Hyde only makes rare appearances, but unfortunately people judge him, not me.' Here, with his characteristic candour and energy, Robbie sets the record straight.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2066 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Australia (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056G8KMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Robbie McEwen's "One Way Road" is a truly engaging read throughout. I like that it's so honestly in Robbie McEwen's own very Australian voice - to the point where readers from other countries might have welcomed a "glossary of terms". I also like that his writing is so detailed that at times I felt not only the intense adrenaline rush of watching the Tour - but also had to flinch and look away from the sections where he's telling us about the crashes and injuries. This is a privileged view of what makes a professional cyclist tick, and particularly allows us to glimpse the psyche of someone who is balancing a fierce determination to win, against the reality that there's a limited window of opportunity in which to do so. Robbie knows his talents, strengths and limits - and that there is life after sport. After reading this you will agree that he's worked incredibly hard to earn and enjoy the best of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very motivational and solid book 14 May 2013
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I have read a lot of cycling biographies and books about cycling and this is one of my favourites. Its well written and descibes rides and victories in a way that is interesting and easy to imagine.

I didn't know a lot about Robbie when I read this book, but found that I liked his character, his persistence and he motivated me to try harder on the challenges that I face when cycling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 6 Feb. 2012
Format:Paperback
Will keep it brief, have many cycling auto/biography's, this is in my top 3, read it over 4 days, I passed on to a friend who read it in 2 & said it was the best he's read. Now bearing in mind the sprinters mentality he's a brash aussie etc etc, from starting out in the sport & his battle to establish himself, break though wins to champion & green jersey winner, totally frank & honest, Robbie knows himself and what works for him, he is especially open about contracts money & teammates, buy it you wont regret it, though a different tale, I rate it up with kimmage's book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one way road 25 Nov. 2012
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excellent insight into the character of robbie mcewen hard to put down would recommend this book and is in my top twenty all time reads
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