Boulder, CO, USA – June 8, 2010 – Cycling super-sprinter Mark Cavendish explains his phenomenal rise to stardom in his new book, Boy Racer: My Journey to Tour de France Record-Breaker. Cav describes with riveting detail the sprint victories that propelled him into the highest ranks of the cycling elite. His first-person play-by-plays put readers wheel to wheel with the world’s fastest cyclists. Boy Racer is now available in bookstores, bike shops, and online, just in time for him to take the starting line of the 2010 Tour de France.
Boy Racer is a page-turning journey of pure exhilaration-candid, opinionated, and scrupulously honest-chronicling Cavendish’s rapid rise from local hero to National Champion to Tour de France stage winner. Along the way, Cavendish takes us behind the scenes of the Tour de France to unmask the intrigue, the mayhem, the hysteria, and the adrenaline-fueled, all-out chaos of professional cycling.
Written off as “fat” and “useless” in his youth, Cavendish has since sprinted to the front of the peloton to become cycling’s brightest star-and its most outspoken. Cavendish tells how defying the naysayers fueled his early career on the road and the track and led him to ten Tour de France stage wins and overall victory at Milan-San Remo.
Vivid, unflinching, and brilliantly conveyed, Boy Racer sweeps readers into the swirl of the racer’s world and delivers them to the finish line with an insider’s view from the freshest eyes and most agile mind in bike racing.
Born and raised on the Isle of Man, Mark Cavendish became a world track champion as a teenager in 2005 and a Commonwealth Games gold medalist a year later. In 2008 he regained his world title on the track with British teammate Bradley Wiggins. After switching his focus to the more glamorous world of road cycling, Cavendish set a new record of four stage wins in the 2008 Tour de France. He won six stages of the 2009 Tour de France and the prestigious Milan-San Remo one-day classic. Widely regarded as the most exciting and charismatic young rider to join the sport in years, Cavendish rides for the American cycling team HTC-Columbia and will be the most closely watched sprinter in the pro peloton in 2010.