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.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 7969 KB
- Print Length: 464 pages
- Publisher: ABC Books (20 October 2016)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BCXHSTY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 26 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)