Review – Mark Cavendish: Born To Race

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November 12, 2012 by thedavidryan

The Fastest Man On Two Wheels, The Manx Missile, The 2011 World Champion – whatever you want to call him, Mark Cavendish is a polarising individual. Millions of people love him and his outstanding achievements on a bike, whereas others view him as a brass, egotistical and outspoken control freak. However, you could argue isn’t that what it takes to be the very best?

Whether you like him or you like to hate him, you can’t deny the unbelievable success that has come the way of the ever hard working and ever committed 27 year old Manx-Man. This newly released DVD includes all you need to know about The Fastest Man On Two Wheels in arguably his most successful year to date. A year which involved helping the British backed Team Sky, to Britain’s first ever yellow jersey victory in the Tour de France.

The story begins at the starting point of Cavendish’s journey to cycling stardom, telling the tale of how a young boy from the Isle of Man, a country with a rich cycling culture, came to be the greatest sprinter in the history of cycling. It is a telling insight into how Cav developed his love and ability for the bike, through the twisting and winding country roads of his beloved Isle of Man. it is evident that from an early age Cavendish had what all great sportsman need to have in order to do well, an unrelenting desire to win. Finishing second was never an option for the self-assured Cavendish and it was this desire to never be beaten that led him to become a British road race champion whilst still in his teens.

That achievement only bred more self-confidence for the future BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner, which only amplified his notoriety in the cycling world. Word was quickly spreading about Cavendish and it wasn’t long before he was invited to the new GB cycling academy in Manchester. A place where all of cycling’s up and comers had the opportunity to hone their skills in the Velodrome of Dave Brailsford’s newly constructed home of British cycling.

It was during his time in Manchester that professional track success came as Cavendish was to partner Rob Hales in the 2005 UCI Track Cycling World Championships to place first in the Los Angeles Madison. An achievement that was repeated in 2008 with another first place finish alongside future Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins. A first place triumph in the 2006 Commonwealth Games Scratch Race in Melbourne cemented Cavendish’s prowess and accomplishments on the track and would ultimately lead to Cav’s success on the roads.

Mark Cavendish burst onto the road race scene after victorious formative years on the cycling track. He excelled immediately and his achievements saw him equal Alessandro Petacchi’s record of 11 professional wins in a debut season. Racing for impressive teams like the German outfit T-Mobile and the British led Team Sky, it was however with the HTC team that Cav became his most successful.

As with many cyclists it is the Tour de France where they look to make history and Cavendish is no different as in 2012 Cavendish won the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées for a record fourth successive year and, in doing so, became the most successful sprinter in Tour de France history with 23 stage wins!

The DVD not only features Cavendish’s on track exploits but also takes a fascinating look at the man behind the wheels and how he juggles family life, international fame and the demands of a sporting icon. It is clear that the arrival or Cavendish’s baby girl has matured the explosive attitude of the 2011 UCI Road Race World Champion, whose primary success focus has switched from cycling to fatherhood.

The DVD does a great job of introducing Cavendish and cycling to relative newbie’s of the sport; it encapsulates everything that has made him one of the biggest names in the game. Showcasing everything from the things which make him tick, to the team behind the man and the wheels beneath his bike. This is a genuinely captivating inspection into The Fastest Man On Two Wheels.

For those that have jumped on the cycling band wagon this summer after the sport’s biggest year in the British eye, Born To Race is a must own purchase about one of the most talked about sports in recent memory and about The Fastest Man On Two Wheels the incomparable Manx Missile.


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