Audiobooks At Speed (Audio Download): Mark Cavendish, Matthew Delamere, Random House Audiobooks: Audible AudiobooksAuthor Mark Cavendish –

Mark Cavendish is the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France s green jersey, the first to wear the iconic rainbow jersey in almostyears and our only ever rider to capture the Giro d Italia points title He is the most prolific sprinter in the Tour s history, and according to L Equipe the best sprinter of all time But smashing records and racking up victories means whole new levels of fame and this has come at a price Living in the goldfish bowl, he has come under fire for his bombastic riding style and been portrayed as everything from an outlaw to a psychopath Joining Sky in , Cav soon found his own sprint interests to be incompatible with the team s other goals, while the expectations of a nation made his London Olympic failure hard to take In At Speed Cav takes you through the highs and lows of it all in intimate detail This is a take no prisoners account of life at the pinnacle of his sport, and learning how to survive in the fast lane, both on and off the bike

7 thoughts on “At Speed (Audio Download): Mark Cavendish, Matthew Delamere, Random House Audiobooks: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Mark Pack Mark Pack says:

    Cycling phenomenon Mark Cavendish has had than a few ups and downs with his public reputation during his cycling career, and At Speed covers the years of his career since Boy Racer and up until the end of 2013 in a way that doesn t gloss over his faults indeed he often makes fun of his own fallibility.Yet it also presents him as a decent person underneath it all who remembers the contributions teammates and support staff make to his moment of glory over the finishing line Praise of others is a frequent theme during the book.Cavendish does a pretty good job of explaining how professional road racing works the role of lead out men, the reason echelons can be so deadly in a race with strong cross winds, and so on Therefore you don t have to be cycling expert by any means to enjoy his account of being one of the country s most successful sportsmen.Having been such a close cycling colleague of both Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish inevitably strays into the rights and wrongs of Froome s behaviour during Wiggins s Tour de France win Although generally sympathetic to Froome, what comes out most clearly from Cavendish s account of the tensions is how both of them and indeed he himself have to be hugely focused on their own personal career in order to achieve their greatness So while all three can all be nice, friendly people at times and get along, when the tension mounts so does the fractiousness and when it comes to the crunch they all put themselves first.The audio version of the book is brilliantly narrated by Matthew Delamere who, judging by Mark Cavendish s TV interviews, invokes just the right attitude towards life and general demeanour with his choice of tone and intonation for the narration.

  2. Customer Customer says:

    It didn t take me long to finish this.Being one of the most interesting riders in world cycling, and a personal favourite of mine, his perspective on racing, the numerous stages that he has won at the Tour de France and his experiences with the teams that he has ridden for makes exciting reading.His account of his world championship win as part of a prologue drags you in almost instantly.Thoroughly enjoyable

  3. Bookworm Bookworm says:

    Not sure if this was ghost written or had editorial input.There s no doubting the talent that Mark possesses on two wheels, but this account hasn t translated well on the pages of this book.It seems a bit all over the place in terms of chronology of a rambling diatribe than a well crafted biography.Been a huge fan throughout Mark s career, enjoyed Boy Racer but left feeling rather nonplussed having finished this book.

  4. Darryl Rayner Darryl Rayner says:

    In this book Mr Cavendish does not disappoint those of us who were expecting a warts and all account of the intervening years since the publication of his previous book Boy Racer At times sad and at others delightfully witty, the reader is treated to the story behind the rise and fall of HTC Colombia, the move to Team Sky and subsequent agreement for the, so far, extremely successful move to Omega Pharma Quickstep.If you enjoyed Boy Racer, or are a fan of the self styled Fast Sprinter, Faster Talker from the Isle of Man, then you will enjoy this book.

  5. Ian Weeks Ian Weeks says:

    In the narration of this book Cav portrays himself as very self centered For a top performing athlete, being focused is probably a necessary attribute In a book however, it can become somewhat irksome tiresome for the reader I really admire Mark for all of his achievements but personally found Chris Froome s autobiography The Climb of a journey with human interest easier to empathize with Sorry Cav

  6. Darwinite Darwinite says:

    An interesting book but it lacks a logical timeline, continually jumping back and forth, which can be bit annoying.

  7. Ian B Ian B says:

    I have a bit of a man crush on Cav He is a super human in the pro peloton His book is an awesome biography on his time at Sky and being one of the fastest men on earth on a bike I ride bikes myself and the speed at which this bloke can move his machine is staggering The book is candid at times and provided a real insight into life, love and turmoil within the Pro Cycling Industry Cav is a little bit like Marmite you either love him or hate him but I cannot recommend his book highly enough.