Boy Racer: My Journey to Tour de France Record-Breaker

Boy Racer: My Journey to Tour de France Record-Breaker


By (author) Mark Cavendish

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  • Publisher: VELOPRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder, CO
  • ISBN 10: 1934030643
  • ISBN 13: 9781934030646
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 318,248

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""" Boy Racer" unmasks the manic, brutal world of professional cycling from the candid viewpoint of the sport's brash young superstar, Mark Cavendish. Written off as fat and useless in his youth, Cavendish's hunger for success and his sheer natural ability has forged him into one of cycling's youngest phenoms -- and one of cycling's most accomplished sprinters. Some have called him cocky, but to those who dislike his style, Cav will shrug his shoulders and reply, "I know I'm good. There's no point lying about it." Cav's fearlessness in the saddle and on the record has earned him controversy and the respect of his competitors and fans. "Boy Racer" brings readers into Cav's head as he sprints into cycling's canon of larger-than-life riders.

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Author information

Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Mark Cavendish became a world track champion as a teenager in 2005, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist a year later, and in 2008 regained his world title on the track with British teammate Bradley Wiggins. After switching his focus to the more glamorous world of road cycling, Cavendish set a new record of four stage wins in the 2008 Tour de France, and won the prestigious Milan-San Remo one-day classic in 2009. Widely regarded as the most exciting and charismatic young rider to grace the sport in years, Cavendish rides for the American cycling team HTC-Columbia and will be the most closely watched sprinter in the pro peloton in 2010.

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""Boy Racer" is Mark Cavendish's brash, brutal and honest story of his life on the bike, full of the sound and fury of hand-to-hand combat at the finish line. Cavendish holds nothing back." — Sal Ruibal, USA Today “"Boy Racer" is an emotional, fast-paced and direct account of Cav’s transformation from awkward chubby teenager to world champion and Tour stage winner.” — VeloNews magazine “"Boy Racer" is without doubt an entertaining read. It feels as though Cavendish is talking directly to you, and he is, as you would expect, brutally honest. Boy Racer then goes at least some way in giving us an insight into the psyche of Cavendish and as a result makes fascinating pre-Tour reading.” — “"Boy Racer" . . . catch[es] the inner conflict between the impetuousness that makes Cavendish such a daunting competitor and the introspection that makes him such an interesting person.” — The Gu

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"Pure Cav--honest, outspoken, occasionally aggressive, imbued throughout with that trademark self-confidence . . . You'll tear through this book with sheer delight and find yourself quoting bits of it for weeks to come." "Exceptionally well-written." "Refreshingly frank and entertaining."--Scotland on Sunday No one's faster than Mark Cavendish. Written off as "fat" and "useless" in his youth, Cavendish has since sprinted to the front of the Tour de France peloton to become cycling's brightest star--and its most outspoken. "Boy Racer" is a page-turning journey of pure exhilaration--candid, opinionated, and scrupulously honest--chronicling Cavendish's rapid rise from local hero to National Champion to Tour de France stage winner. Along the way, Cavendish takes us behind the scenes of the Tour de France to unmask the intrigue, the mayhem, the hysteria, and the adrenaline-fueled chaos of professional cycling. Vivid, unflinching, brilliantly conveyed, "Boy Racer" will sweep you up in the swirl of the racer's world and deliver you to the finish line with an insider's story from the freshest voice and most agile mind in bike racing. Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Mark Cavendish became a world track champion as a teenager in 2005, won a Commonwealth Games gold medal a year later, and sprinted to four stage wins in the 2008 Tour de France. A year later, he confirmed his status as the world's fastest sprinter with a come-from-behind burst to victory in the Milan-San Remo one-day classic and finished the 2009 Tour de France with six more phenomenal stage wins.