This is one of those rather difficult book reviews; if you follow road cycling, you will probably have read (or are planning to read) Boy Racer by Mark Cavendish – the greatest spring cyclist of our generation.
OK, I’m biased, I like cycling, and ‘Cav’ is the nearest thing to a sporting hero that I have. But this is still a good book. The basic framework of the book is based around the various stages of the 2008 Tour De France, during which Cavendish won four stages. Each chapter gives a behind the scenes of the Tour. Some of these are quite brief, but others, where Cavendish does particularly well or badly, are long and full of fascinating detail. Stories of Cav’s early life and career are woven into the narrative of the Tour and give a great insight into what it takes to be a top sportsman – especially a road cyclist.
All in all, it was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone – even if they don’t like cycling.
And if you don’t know what all the fuss is about; here is Cav in action