Mark ‘Manx Missile’ Cavendish was born on 21 May 1985 in Isle of Man.
Mark Cavendish: Two Time Author
Cavendish also boasts author on his resume. His first book, “Boy Racer: My Journey to Tour de France Record-Breaker“, was published in 2010. In 2013, he published another book titled At Speed: My Life in the Fast Lane.
Cavendish won gold metals at both the 2005 and 2008 UCI (Union Cyclist Internationale) World Championship games. In 2008, Cavendish recorded a win at the 100th Milan Sans Remo Classic. The 298 km one day race is a grueling race and Cavendish’s win reinforced his title as a serious biker.
In 2011 Cavendish was awarded knighthood for his incredible contribution to British cycling. He also won the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, with almost 50% of the public vote. In the same year, the Jaguar Academy of Sport Annual Awards named Cavendish their ‘Most Inspirational Sportsman of the Year.’
Cavendish is more than the stereotypical athlete. He has a photographic memory, and this helps him memorize his race routes. He can prepare mentally and physically and know exactly what to expect. It also helps him beat the competition. For example, in the 2011 World Championship in Copenhagen, Cavendish realized that the wind was blowing left and positioned himself on the right side of the peloton. This helped him secure victory at the race.
Cavendish has won a total of 25 Tour De France stages.