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The autobiography of a cycling legend that will become a much-loved classic.

The much-anticipated autobiography of the greatest Australian cyclist of all time. Famous in the sport for his meticulous preparation and an athlete who prided himself on his ability to leave it all on the road, Evans writes about the triumphs, the frustrations, the training, the preparation, the psychology of the sport, his contemporaries, the legends and his enduring love of cycling. A riveting and forensic account of his life on the bike - from his beginnings as the youngest winner of a World Cup in mountain biking to the oldest post-War winner of the Tour de France.

One of only four cyclists in the world to have finished on the podium of all three Grand Tours (the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana) as well as winning the UCI Road World Championship, Cadel's autobiography is a tribute to a once-in-a-lifetime sporting talent. This book will put you on the bike alongside Cadel as he recounts the races and the moments that mattered - as he places in the top 10 in six Tours de France and becomes Australia's first, and only, Tour de France champion and first, and only, Road World Champion. Be there on the road as he claims the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia and as he wins some of the world's greatest races - the Tour of Austria (twice), the Tour de Romandie (twice), the Settimana Coppi e Bartali, Tirreno-Adriatico, Flèche Wallone, the Criterium International and the Giro del Trentino.

©2016 Cadel Evans (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing

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everyone (cycling fans especially) will love this!

What did you like most about The Art of Cycling?

This is a great insight into cycling competition, and into the lengths to which one can push the body if efficiency and excellence is prioritised above all.I never knew Evans was a mountain-biking world champion before he switched to road racing, and all the origin story information was fantastic. It was great to see the parts all come together to allow a boy from rural Australia move to Europe and take on the giants in the cycling world.Of particular note, I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. Evans maintained professionalism through most challenging interactions and even managed to find positivity in the recollection of the tough times in his career and life. In current days where it seems almost in vogue to let the mofos fly, Evans shows mature restraint and always finds a more constructive was to illustrate his response to what he's presented with.For me, the book slowed down a little when diving into deep detail of many of the races he took part in. A take-away for me was the preparation and race-craft in the sport (something I'd never understood to the degree I do now) that makes all the difference between winning the race and winning a seat in an ambulance.I appreciated Evans' honesty and frankness when he was really struggling; such introspection and personal reflection is often missing in sports books while the writer looks for others to blame, but time has allowed Evans to look inside himself and come to a logical conclusion without minimising it or trying to hide it.The book has made me want to go for a ride! I don't know if I'll get to the hundred kilometers that Evans did (maybe cumulatively over a year), but I do know I'll find things in it to enjoy and I'll be watching the Tour this year with a fresh set of eyes.Excellent work!

What other book might you compare The Art of Cycling to, and why?

Casey Stoner's Book - Pushing the Limits. It's the only similar book I've read. Lots of detail about specific races

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Cadel winning his Tour De France (spoiler!)

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It inspired me to work harder in the pursuit of my goals

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Definitely worth a listen!

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Great story, worth a listen while you work or ride

Showing the real Aussie behind the figure that is Cadel. No real strategies for training etc... but fills in a few questions you might have about becoming a pro.

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Great read even if you don’t like Cadel

I was hesitant having not been a fan of cadel but this explains a lot about his troubles and why he is who he is and you can take away the impressive career he has had. If you love cycling you will love this.

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great insight into the man

loved every minute of this book. great insight into the man, the tour and professional cycling

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I couldn't put this down!

Maybe a book for a cyclist or someone interested in the big races, but his climb through the ranks, and all the training and big achievements made a great listen.

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True Grit & Honest Athlete's story

Cadel is really quite frank and honest in this book which gives you a real insight into the massive physical and emotional lengths these cyclists go through to make it to the top level.
I never really understood how close Cadel came to winning the Tour de France prior to his victory in 2011. Even then the victory required huge efforts and he quite often talks about 'turning himself inside out' to put out the effort required!
He tells a very frank story about his life and feelings leading up to all the worlds greatest bike races.
Loved the story and honesty in the book, true champion.
Thanks Cadel.

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Great book!!

Great insight into the cycling racing world and the love of cycling, highly recommended for all

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Interesting insights behind Cadel's journey.

Great for cycling enthusiasts and anybody who likes a good underdog story! Well read too.

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What an insite into the world of pro cycling!

Really enjoyed the style of the book. Informative but draws you in too.
Very well read as well.

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Fascinating Journey

well worth a listen. A journey through life will all the ups and downs. the importance of family, friends and self control.

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Excellent

I thoroughly enjoyed getting behind the scenes and into the head of Australia’s most successful cyclist. Highly recommend

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Inspirational, cliché? Sure, but it is....

Good subject, good athlete, good narration, great story about a great aussie!
Definitely worth the listen.

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