Hardie Grant's publicity today included a new book on Cadel Evans aimed at kids 10-15 yrs.
When Cadel Evans won the Tour de France in 2011, he not only became a star to sports fans all over the world, but a hero to thousands of Australian children who watched him make his victorious ride through the Champs-Elysees. Children all over Australia had a new sportsperson to inspire them to achieve. Cadel was born with an incredible gift: the capacity and power that from youth set him apart from the rest. But nothing comes from talent alone, as most great sports people will admit, there must also be hard work, determination and passion. Even in the face of difficulty. Cadel Evans mastered mountain biking in his teens and subsequently became a world champion. Now in his 30s he is the winner of the toughest race in the world, the Tour de France. In Giving His Best we learn how Cadel Evans’ passion, ambition and hard work led to his success. Written in a clear and simple, easy-to-read format accessible to children and adults alike, it’s for anyone who wants to read about Cadel’s early achievements - and how hard work eventually won him the most famous race in the world.
Hope this isn't considered to be a hijack. The book I'm currently reading is Pedal Power (great bicycle journeys) by Roy Sinclair. If you've ever had a desire to tour New Zealand, Japan, tour the End to End in the UK, France or Switzerland this book might be of interest, but I couldn't describe it as an exciting/enthralling read.
Yes, I have that too. That and A Race for Madmen are both great reads before the Tour to get you into the zone.
I've read 'French Revolutions' by Tim Moore. He decides to jump on a bike and have a go at completing the tour de france route just weeks before the pro's. It's a pretty light hearted read and good account of the physical and mental struggles to complete such a feat.