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Summary

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 almost 50 years 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 2012, 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.

©2013 Mark Cavendish (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"The hottest sprinter in the world" ( Telegraph)

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  • Paul
  • Wantage, United Kingdom
  • 27-11-13

Good book with really poor narrating

Would you listen to At Speed again? Why?

No because the person narrating this book that has a lot of French/Italian/Spanish references and names does not have a clue how to pronounce them. Surely if you are narrating a sports persons book you would have someone that vaguely knows how to pronounce the riders names. This really lets it down although is slightly comical.

What was one of the most memorable moments of At Speed?

Nothing specifically was memorable it is a good biography

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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not to be missed

loved it. I enjoyed the way he explained everything and seems open and genuine about all aspects of his life and career.

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Engaging

Full of great insider detail of the cycling world. Cav does a great job of telling his side of history.

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If you are a fan you will enjoy

Would you consider the audio edition of At Speed to be better than the print version?

The audio performance was very good. The book is an easy read to pick up for 30 minutes then drop.

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Bit Self Indulgent... But Worth A Listen

All I listen to are cycling biography's. Cav's is a bit negative and pompous compared to Brad's G's Jen's and the like... still worth a listen but leaves the finished book with a bitter twinge

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Brilliant

Gives an excellent insight into the seretive world that is sprinting in cycling and the behind the scenes events that shape mark cavendish as the fastest man on two wheels. Also this book gives information on what goes through his head when he is going for a stage win or the world championships title and the rainbow jersey.

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Cav at his crazy best

Always love reading and in this case listening to Cav's books. Not sure he has more than two! But in listening to Speed you still get Cav with all his self doubt combined with his stunning brilliant best. Its still on the same format as Boy Racer, taking you through season by season. You get a few insights but no real scandal, maybe would have liked a bit more insight but you always get Cav with heart on his sleeve. Great listen.

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At Speed

Mark Cavendish - At Speed
Very interesting & enjoyable listen.
Highly recommend if a cycling fan.
An amazing & talented cyclist that knows his cycling history.

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  • Mr
  • 31-12-14

Superb

Excellent. Great insight. Narration of perfect mainly due to mispronunciation of some cycling terms but hey I'm being picky. Great stuff

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A great read

Fantastic book. I couldn't stop listening. A must for every cycling fan. I would recommend to anyone

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