The Art of Cycling

  • by Cadel Evans
  • Narrated by Alan King
  • 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Reasonable factual account of Evans’ career

I enjoy cycling books and listening to this book from Cadel Evans is essential for anyone wanting the full picture of the sport over the early 2000s. The book reviews Evans’ entire career in fairly short order so there are lots of short reviews of different races. At times it is almost like listening to someone read out a long list of achievements (of which there are many). It can be a bit repetitive.

Hearing about cycling from Evans’ perspective is interesting because he took a very strong anti-doping stance in an era when many have since admitted to doping.

Where the book is a bit disappointing for me is the lack of emotional insight into Evans. He is clearly a very private person and this comes across. There are things happening that you would think would cause great emotion - like being beaten in a race by a known / suspected doper. Evans doesn’t come across as having any great fury for that - perhaps it is best that way!

Evans spends a lot of time discussing his various teams. It is interesting to hear how different teams are structured in different ways. There are some stories that beggar belief, for example the team not letting him use decent time trial wheels at the TDF where he came second by only a few seconds - the implication being if he had better wheels he might have won.

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- Tri Jules

Brilliant!

I've read a lot of cycling biographies and this is up there in the top 5. Beautifully read, engagingly written, and great length. I used to think CE was a stroppy diva as well as being a great cyclist but this boom has made me warm to him so much.
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- Rowan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-01-2017
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd