- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: VeloPress (December 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937715043
- ISBN-13: 978-1937715045
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There is, though, a lot in At Speed to make it a good book, a book about struggling with success, the difficulty of staying on top once you get there" ¦At Speed is the more introspective, probably tells us more about Cavendish the professional, shows more of what really drives him to be as intense as he is. Boy Racer might be a more enjoyable read, but At Speed is more rewarding." -- Podium CafÃƒ ©
" At Speed reveals every facet of the man known simply as "ËœCav'" ¦ Throughout the book you rarely feel that any of Cavendish's views have been airbrushed or, conversely, built up to either avoid or deliberately provoke controversy. He offers honest insights which are simultaneously simplistic and yet original" ¦ Ultimately the joy of At Speed is the sense that, warts and all, this is the story of a rare sportsman." -- Velo Voices
"At Speed is a valuable book for anyone who is interested in an inside, detailed account of a top professional cyclist as he describes his take on his career and cycling." -- U.S. Cycling Report
From the Back Cover
Meet Mark Cavendish, cycling's biggest star. And loudest mouth.
Everyone knows Cav is fast. With 25 Tour de France stage wins in his pocket, no one disputes the Manx Missile's speed.
But he also owns one of the brashest--and most honest--voices in pro cycling. In his usual take-no-prisoners style, At Speed lays out the highs and lows of life in the pro cycling bubble. Along the way, Cav takes on all comers--the doubters who claimed he was a one-hit wonder, the rivals he fought for his sprinter's crown, and the team managers who yanked their support, only to see Cav win in the end.
At Speed unflinchingly recounts Cav's celebrated move to Team Sky and his crushing disappointment in the team's misuse of his skills. He lays out the winning strategy for his world championship--and the losing one for the Olympics. He breaks out the story on doping, and the riders who doped.
At Speed accelerates you into the fast lane and across the finish line with the vivid candor that has made Mark Cavendish cycling's brightest and most likable star.
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In sum, this is a very enjoyable book. Cavendish devotes a good amount of time to describing in detail how he and his team approached races and stages of races, and what went wrong or right in executing their strategies. This is the kind of information I like to read, and there is plenty of it in this book.