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  • Posted November 14, 2011

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    A great source of inspiration

    Boy Racer is one of the most inspiring books I¿ve ever read. The life behind the world¿s greatest sprinter, Mark Cavendish is extraordinary and thoughtful, as he overcame challenges and prejudice to prove to his superiors, and the world that he is the greatest sprinter who ever lived. Throughout the stories of specific races and stages, as well as his childhood and family, you learn the extreme work effort and motivation it took for him to become who he is today. In the beginning, you learn of his basic childhood, and how he got into cycling. When he learned his talent on the bike, Cavendish explains how he took himself to the next level by riding 16 or more hours a week. He made his way through the British Cycling Academy and how he signed with (at the time) the world¿s best team, T-Mobile. Cavendish didn¿t stop there, and he rode himself into the ground to be better, and to prove himself that he should be the team¿s sprinter. The story continues with his first Tour De France stage wins, as well as the work and team tactics it took for him to stand the podium. All of which are complicated and inspiring as he takes you into the world of grand tour cycling and what really goes on in the peloton. The biggest two themes in this book are work ethic and determination. Throughout the text, Cavendish explains how he was [in cycling terms] ¿fat¿ and ¿useless¿ and no one really believed in him outside of his family. His coaches said he wasn¿t training right, he wasn¿t meeting the wattage numbers in the test, and his attitude wasn¿t right. Cavendish works through the doubt and continued to win stages, astounding those who thought it was impossible. He talks about the decisive factor in his winning, and how he was still able to win: a cyclist¿s ability to endure through intense pain. I thoroughly enjoyed the insight Cavendish gave into the pro cycling world. I never used to understand the amount of team effort that came to getting one man on the podium. It was awe inspiring how involved you felt reading the book, and when I was done with it, I felt like I knew Mark Cavendish personally, like I¿d known him my whole life. As a young aspiring cyclist myself, I wish Cavendish would have talked more about his begging years and some more decisive things that made him stand out from the crowd at a young age. I search for answers other than intense training. He focused more on his career once he made it to the academy level, and how he took himself to the next level within pro cycling. Everyone would enjoy this book for a source of inspiration, or just a great example of what dedicating yourself and working hard can bring into your life. You can gather lots of personal themes from the book in whatever way you took it. If you know nothing of cycling and have never seen any, this book may be a bit of a confusing read, but nothing a little pre reading background research couldn¿t fix.

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