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Mark Cavendish: Born to Race [DVD] [2012]

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  • Actors: Mark Cavendish, Dave Brailsford, Rod Ellingworth, Bradley Wiggins, Peta Todd
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008PBUQO6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,275 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting. Follow Mark through all the highs and lows in his journey from the early years on a bike on the Isle of Man through to 2012, his career defining year; with all the build up to plus reflective interviews looking back at the Tour De France, and the biggest event in world sport, the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Discover what he is really like when the glasses come off, what motivates him, how he relaxes and the meticulous preparation needed to become the fastest man on a bicycle with unique and exclusive access to Mark's training, media days and his rest and relaxation at home, plus interviews with Dave Brailsford, Rod Ellingworth, Bradley Wiggins, Peta Todd and many more.

Mark Cavendish: Passionate, Winner, Loyal.

Special Features

  • Cav: In Three Words
  • Twenty Questions
  • Five Steps to Success
  • Mr & Mrs London 2012
  • A Conversation with Sir Paul Smith
  • Facts & Figures

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Excellent DVD covering Mark's life from his childhood on the Isle of Man up to and including his 2012 Tour de France. The commentary is Mark's and at no time does it have a 'ghost written' feel. Great interviews with some of his family and friends.
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Cavendish is a fantastic cyclist and an intriguing personality but this extended documentary never gets under the skin of its complex subject. Instead we get a few rather anodyne soundbites, a brief resume of some of his recent moments and get to chat to a few people who know him. It's enjoyable up to a point but anyone who really wants to understand this cyclist would do better to read his autobiography and watch some of his sprints on YouTube.

Hardcore cycling fans will want something more immersed in the sport which probably means this is more aimed at the passing fan.
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For years, Mark Cavendish has been the best sprinter in the world. You can get an idea of how good he's been that when someone managed to get past him just before the finish in yesterday's stage of the Tour de France, it was a major surprise. Is he now second best? Hopefully not, but this documentary is.

There is lots to like about it. We see him at work and play, and there are comments from a host of famous and not so famous names. But there's not much detail. Training is what's got him to the top, but what we see is him riding his bike along the road and being talked to about his calorie intake. Obviously getting the miles in and being fit are both important, but that's not all there is to it. Similarly, the coverage of the races - what's got us interested in him - is very short.

There are also several things which are very noticeably glossed over. The commentary says he left HTC Highroad because the team was folding. Nope, that team folded because he was leaving for Sky! Without him, they couldn't get the sponsorship, because it was Mark who delivered what the sponsors wanted: lots of pictures of someone winning races with arms in the air showing off their logos. (It works too. The team's exploits were how I first heard of HTC. Why yes, I do now have one of their phones...)

Another is an aside that the work affected relationships with his birth family. It is very noticeable that amongst all the people talking about his career, his parents aren't amongst them. There's clearly a story there, but it's not one this film wants to tell. There's also nothing about the 2008 Olympics, where he was the only one of the British men's cycling team not to get a medal.
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I'm not a cycling fan particularly but my partner is cycling obsessed! I already had a healthy respect for Mark Cavendish's achievements and his approach and so I bought this for my partner for Xmas - but I enjoyed watching it just as much as him. It is very interesting to find out a bit about how someone ticks who achieves so much and Mark Cavendish seems such a great guy.
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I love watching cycling on TV or DVD and Mark Cavendish has added hugely to my enjoyment of the sport in the last few years. He truly is a once in a lifetime talent. But do I want to see inside his home? Do I want to wait as he tries to think of sensible answers to stupid questions? NO. I found a lot of this DVD boring, uninteresting and disappointing. It just wasn't to my taste.
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This DVD is a great insight into the life of one of, if not the greatest sprinters cycling has seen.

You are welcomed into the private life of Mark Cavendish - into his home, along with his partner and daughter, as well as into his professional working life off the bike (promotions, photo shoots etc.).

All in all, a great DVD for fans of Cav.
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Good picture editing - perhaps a bit thin on substance and a bit more should have been done on the sheer pain of proper training and racing - but we all love Mark and this is a nice addition to the DVD cycling collection.
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This is such a brilliant dvd. I brought it as a gift for my eight year son, who considers Cav to be a legend. This is an honest portrait of one of today's sporting greats. It provides a personal insight into Cavendish, where he has come from and where he is heading. My son has watched it over and over again, he will then shoot off on his own road bike, acting out some of Cavendish's best cycling moments. I can not recommend this DVD enough.
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