Boy Racer Hardcover – 4 Jun 2009
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"It's pure Cav--honest, outspoken, occasionally aggressive, imbued throughout with that trademark self-confidence...an absorbing read...But if (like me) you do harbor a certain fondness for the Manx Express, chances are you'll tear through this book with sheer delight and find yourself quoting bits of it for weeks to come." -- Podium Cafe
"Boy Racer - expertly ghosted by the cycling journalist Daniel Friebe to catch the inner conflict between the impetuousness that makes Cavendish such a daunting competitor and the introspection that makes him such an interesting person - winds its way to the top step of the podium from BMX races as a ten-year-old via spells as a bank clerk in the Douglas branch of Barclays and as a resident of the academy run by British Cycling." -- The Guardian
"Cavendish writes in a breathless style, brimming with emotion at every turn, that often seems to say more than it should. There are interesting insights into his views on drugs in the peloton and on coaches, teammates and stars of the sport. He is often disarmingly frank, sometimes too much so. Inspiring reading, perfect for the beach this summer." -- spoke.ie
"refreshingly frank and entertaining" -- Scotland on Sunday
'Boy Racer, is essentially a masterclass in the art of winning relayed through the eyes of a young, hungry and sometimes impatient embryo superstar with a penchant for entertaining industrial language. It is also highly personal and revelatory and gives you a unique insight to one of Britain's most successful and respected sportsmen worldwide.' -- Brendan Gallagher, Daily Telegraph
"Boy Racer - expertly ghosted by the cycling journalist Daniel Friebe to catch the inner conflict between the impetuousness that makes Cavendish such a daunting competitor and the introspection that makes him such an interesting person - winds its way to the top step of the podium from BMX races as a ten-year-old via spells as a bank clerk in the Douglas branch of Barclays and as a resident of the academy run by British Cycling."See all Product description
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You would never guess that this book was ghost written (by cycling journalist Daniel Frieb), and he has done an expert job, as it is written so expertly in Cav's own style. The man himself has come across occasionally as arrogant, sometimes as over confident, and often as downright rude, but here to attemps to put his side of the story, portraying himself as a man who very much knows his own mind, strengths and weaknesses and is not afraid to challenge the status quo. I think we need a few more Cav's in this world, for it strikes me that this is a brutally honest young man.
From his childhood on the Isle of Man, to his relationship with ex fiancee, to his cycling exploits, trials and triumphs, it is all here in stark and brutal honesty, with no holds barred. This is a book that not only holds great human interest, helping me to understand what makes this man tick, but which also helped me to understand more about the cycling world, the importance of team work and how the riders help each other. Cav went up enormously in my estimation when towards the end of book, he detailed the reasons why he turned down a 100 percent pay rise to stay with his (then) current team, but he knows that it is his team makes who are as responsble for his success as he is himself - they are the ones who helped and supported him along the way, and this is in the end far more important than any amount of wealth.
He comes across then, despite his media image, as a level headed young man who understands what really matters, and knows where his loyalties lie, qualities which are all too lacking in other high profile sports I can think of. I for one am eagerly anticipating the next installment of this remarkable athlete's meteoric success, which will go straight to my shopping basket the moment it is released.
As far as pro riders are concerned, MC grew up closer than my home than any other, so I really do want to like him and support him the most, but that's not easy having now read his book, as I got fed up with him repeatedly stating how brilliant and fast he is; we know he's fast, that's why he cycles for a living! All in all, he comes across more big-headed, egotistical, and immature than I thought he was, so I really couldn't care less if he wins or loses.
Reading this book immediately after David Millar's does not help as DM comes across as genuinely modest, and openly takes about all his personal problems and cheating within the sport during his era.
Boy Racer appears to have been written to top up his wages as soon as he started getting tour stage wins, and as it ends less than halfway through 2009, really not much pro years content at all.
Saying that I did learn a lot from it and there were sneakbits into Mark's personal life explaining why he thinks he comes across the way he does. At times he is even arrogant here in writing but explains himself well and to be honest, he is deservedly big-headed.
I purchase the Kindle edition of this but should of got the paperback because of the photos. They are always something I like to refer back to and it was difficult to do so on the Kindle even with the inclusion of a bookmark.
I am giving this 3 stars because I felt it wasn't coherant enough and only for the hardcore cyclist - not much was explained. But I understand people who are more into cycling could perhaps rate it higher.
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