Love him or hate him, if you love cycling and the Tour de France, you will enjoy At Speed: My Life in the Fast Lane (Velo Press, 2013), the second autobiography by Mark Cavendish. Cavendish is well known for his honesty (sometimes to a fault), brashness and use of foul language during interviews.
In true Cav form, At Speed features all of those elements of Cavendish’s personality (some would say that producing two autobiographies before the age of 30 was enough to demonstrate Cavendish’s brashness).
The Manx Missile offers his perspective on the demise of HTC-Columbia, insight into his 2011 Road Race World Championship, his tumultuous year on Team Sky and subsequent move to Omega-Pharma Quick Step. Later in the book, he takes readers inside the peloton in the 2012 Olympic Road Race and his disappointing result.
One of the most interesting and opinionated chapters of At Speed details Cavendish’s thoughts on Lance Armstrong, the EPO era of pro cycling and his frustration about the stigma that has been attached to cycling even though pro cyclists are tested significantly more than other Olympic Sport athletes.
At Speed will offer hardcore cycling fans a greater understanding of the business side of pro cycling along with an understanding of the politics of the peloton and strategy needed to win at the sport’s highest level.
The book also offers a bit of a deeper look into Cav’s private life.
Cavendish chronicles how he met his Peta Todd and his transformation from brooding bachelor into a family man. Anyone that read Cavendish’s first autobiography Boy Racer (Velo Press, 2010) will take notice of how he has matured both as a cyclist and a man. As the fastest man on two wheels closes in on his 30s and the Tour de France stage victory record, At Speed gives Cav fans and haters ammunition in forming their opinions about his career for the next few seasons.
At Speed: My Life in the Fast Lane – Mark Cavendish
Paperback with color photo section.
6″ x 9″, 288 pages, $18.95