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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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Far more than just his tdf victory

A long journey from outback Australia to the Champs-Élysées. I very much enjoyed Cadel’s story. A natural talent on the bike, but it’s clear that Cadel’s drive, focus and dogged determination is what set him apart from other athletes at his level. Very candid. Highly recommended.

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Surprised and impressed

Cadel Evans is not my favorite cyclist of all time. Be he is my favorite cycling author of all time. The stories, the organization, the advice . . . he really does communicate his love of cycling . . . a love that's contagious.

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Cadel has an amazing story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Learned a lot about Cadel. He's able to explain so much. He was able to explain so much of the truth behind all the press coverage and stories during his racing. Thanks Cadel for writing it.

What does Alan King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has the Australian accent. I feel like Cadel's talking to me.

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for cycling fans, a great listen

Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Cycling to be better than the print version?

Sure, it's long, but I didn't find it tediously long at all. The length gives Evans the opportunity to tell the story of his professional riding career in detail. Without that detail, I do not think the book would be nearly as good. Do you have to be a cyclist or cycling fan to enjoy this book? Probably. It IS, after all, a book about cycling (and a very detailed one at that!). But the book itself is pretty great. It's not a work of timeless literature. There are times when the writing is a bit cliche.But it is certainly well written, and Evans comes across as a thoughtful, sincere person with a true passion for his profession. He is also very fair to the many other cyclists (and non-cyclists) that we writes about in the book. There are no grudges, there is no defamation, yet he is candid and honest about his feelings toward and about others. I really learned a lot about professional cycling, also, which was a nice bonus. And, of course, the sections about the races themselves are fabulous.Highly recommended for cycling fans! Thanks, Cadel!

What about Alan King’s performance did you like?

Great!

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great read

it is a real life type story. great cyclist. a comeback story. great read.

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you should really love cyclin

I like this guy and I love cycling otherwise I dont think I was goin to be able to finish this book. It really doesnt offer nothin,

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Like a long ride you never think is going to end

A good book but Evans kind of went on a bit. It seemed like it was never going to end. However I would still recommend reading or listening to this book.

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  • P. Hearnden
  • 07-25-18

An inspiring account

Showed me a new side to Cadel, and the difficulties faced by non European pro cyclists, as the sport is based largely in Europe.

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  • Ata Dogan
  • 05-27-18

interesting

loved it, loved listening to the amazing stuff that's happened in his life of cycling and beyond..

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  • Steve C
  • 02-27-18

Great bloke, worthy champ, good read (listen!?)

Thorough, insightful, interesting: just about as inspirational a cyclist as it is possible to be, with none of the introvert self-publicity of most riders’ biographies.

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  • Tri Jules
  • 12-01-17

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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  • Rowan
  • 08-02-17

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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  • nick
  • 05-22-17

Excellent book!!

I've read most cycling books as I love the sport & Cadels to be honest, didn't jump out to me as "won't to read" however, as they say, never judge a book by the cover!! This is a great book & very interesting insight in to cadel & the pro ranks! Top draw

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  • Kukkonen
  • 04-26-17

Recommended.

Great career, great and entertaining Book. Very good writing and interesting career. Good reader too.

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  • Tony
  • 04-19-17

Strictly for hard core cycling fans

I am a big cycling fan, I love anything tfo do with cycling and have listened to most of the cycling biographies on audible but found this often hard work. Cadel is clearly a very private person but if you are going to write a bio you have to tell us about Cadel the person, not just Cadel the cyclist.

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  • Stu Bartley
  • 04-01-17

Nice Guy - And a winner

He's one of the nice guys in the peloton. This book shows just what dedication is needed to make it to the top.

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  • Lucy
  • 03-24-17

Good cyclist - not a good author

Would you try another book written by Cadel Evans or narrated by Alan King?

no. The narration was fine but Cadel is not a good author. There is no flow to the narrative, huge chunks of time are skipped over mid paragraph and there is little ability to build a dramatic climax to races etc. He is not in the same calibre as David Millar as a cyclist and author.

What will your next listen be?

something similar

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

meh.

Any additional comments?

meh.