Cadel Evans: Close to Flying

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Hardie Grant Publishing, Jun 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 275 pages
With sales of over 40,000 copies for the hardback, Close to Flying was one of Christmas 2009's bestselling books. Cadel Evans appeared at sold-out events across Australia and thrilled fans with his 2009 Cycling world Championship win. With his recent success at the Giro d'Italia, Cadel is again poised to be amongst the leaders in the coveted Tour de France in 2010. Cadel Evans: Close to flying is the behind the scenes story of the extraordinary dedication and hard work it takes to reach the highest level of elite sport. Cadel gives us a glimpse of the physical and psychological tests that are required to be the best, whilst giving an illuminating and fascinating look at the Tour de France - the teams; the climbs; the politics and the opponents that make it the most renowned cycling race in the world.

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This book is so boring that I couldn't get through it, and I'm a racing cyclist and a keen enough cycling fan. It's probably the dreariest cycling-related book I've attempted to read. The fact that it contains no dirt about Cadel's time at Mapei and Telekom is inexcusable; I couldn't believe it. It's just a fluff piece. Perhaps one day he'll release his real biography.
I guess die-hard cycling fans and Cadel fans will enjoy it, but I'd still recommend not paying top dollar

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I Like cycling, I like cadel and I like sports books. Found it very hard to like his book because of the terrible editing. Rob Arnold's attempt to be lyrical falls short. It is frustratingly disorganised and repetitive. The quotes from family and friends are often inane and add little. Ideas bounce around the chapters like super balls in a fish tank. Next time stick to the sports biography script ...he grew up ....he did some stuff ....he won some things ...a few personal insights ...some highs and lows..a bit of conflict. Done.  


Time after time trial
Little things
Flight response
Off the road
Finding true mountains
The AIS years
The pink years
Behind every great
Ideals and two Olympics Under the jersey
The rainbow glow
Deep blue ocean
The 2010 Tour de France

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About the author (2011)

Cadel Evans was born in Northern Territory, Australia in 1977. He is a former Australian professional racing cyclist. In the mid-1990s he developed a career in mountain biking, but in 2000 he switched to road racing. He won the 2011 Tour de France. He is a four time Olympian and the first Australian to win the UCI ProTour and the UCI Road World Championships. His autobiography, The Art of Cycling, was published in 2016.

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