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  • Published: 7 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9781407078847
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

At Speed




The most anticipated sports autobiography of the year from Britain's most exciting athlete

Mark Cavendish is quite simply the biggest thing in cycling and the biggest thing in British sport. With his self-belief and smouldering competitive fire, Cav has turned the animalistic hunger to win into an art form. As L’Equipe call him – the Mozart of the 12-wheel cog.

Since Ebury published Cav’s first book Boy Racer in 2009 his career has advanced at a lightning pace. Boy Racer covered his early years to his first experiences in the Tour de France. Since then Cav has clocked up another three record-breaking years in the Tour, becoming the first Brit to win a jersey in 25 years and the first ever to win green. He won green in Spain’s Vuelta and in 2011 became the first British cyclist in 50 years since Tom Simpson to win the World Championship road race.

And yet every sign points to 2012 being even bigger. On top of another Tour de France we have the massive focus of the London Olympic Road Race – one of the most eagerly anticipated gold medal chances for Great Britain. There’s been a tremendous upsurge in interest in the sport over the last couple of years, mostly due to the success of riders like Cav, and all eyes will be on him as he competes for glory this summer.

  • Pub date: 7 November 2013
  • ISBN: 9781407078847
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

Mark Cavendish

Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Mark Cavendish became a world track champion as a teenager in 2005, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist a year later and in 2008 regained his world title in partnership with Bradley Wiggins. Having now switched his focus to the more glamourous world of road cycling, Mark is widely regarded as the most exciting and charismatic young rider to grace the sport in years, a status he confirmed with his fantastic record-breaking performance in the 2009 Tour de France. Mark rides for Team Columbia and lives on the Isle of Man.

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Praise for At Speed

“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

“The hottest sprinter in the world”

Telegraph

“[Cav is] special, the way he rides in the last metres. I don’t know exactly what it is, what makes him different, he’s just so fast”

Eddy Merckx

“The greatest sprinter of all time”

Bradley Wiggins

“Britain's best ever Tour de France cyclist”

Procycling Magazine

“The hottest sprinter in the world”

Telegraph

“[Cav is] special, the way he rides in the last metres. I don’t know exactly what it is, what makes him different, he’s just so fast”

Eddy Merckx

“Cav is and will always be one of cycling’s biggest characters and At Speed captures him perfectly”

Chris Boardman


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