Book of the Year
1. Mark Cavendish – At Speed
2. Charly Wegelius – Domestique
3. Sean Yates – It’s All About the Bike
Walk into any book shop and cycling will dominate the sports shelves. Dozens of cycling books have been published in 2013 but Mark Cavendish is once again the rider on the top spot of the podium, with his autobiography, At Speed, voted Book of the Year.
Cavendish’s second autobiography tells the story of the Manx Missile’s highs – his Tour de France green jersey success and World Championship victory – and lows – a frustrated year at Team Sky and disappointment at the London 2012 Olympic Games – in a warts and all account. One RoadCyclingUK reader calls it a “real insight into what makes a very complex character tick”.
While winning is ultimately the dominant theme in the book of a man who this year notched up his 100th professional win, Charly Wegelius’ autobiography, Domestique, tells the story of a rider who dedicated his career to the service of other and never once crossed the line arms aloft.
Wegelius’ book takes second place as “a great insight into one of the most under-rated roles in cycling”, while Sean Yates’ autobiography, It’s All About the Bike, completes the top three.