What? You say you've never heard of 23 year old Mark Cavendish from the Isle of Man? Then you haven't been keeping up with the world of cycling! Cavendish thrilled us this year in the Tour de France, winning four individual stages for USA Team Columbia, a British record, and being dubbed the "fastest man alive" (on a bicycle).
He has dashing good looks and a sweet disposition. He is also humble. He was one of the first two cyclists to sign the International Cycling Union's anti-doping charter. After a win he goes down the line of his teammates and hugs them hard around the neck because he knows how their efforts give him the opportunity to sprint for the finish line.
Now, "Cav" is headed to Beijing to compete in Track Cycling. Expect him to do well. His legs are powerful and in the sprint he can leave behind other favorites by an entire bike length or more if his pre-sprint positioning is advantageous.
Other cyclists often comment how "Cav killed it" and at a young age he has earned the respect of the top sprinters like Tom Boonen, Thor Hushovd and Robbie McEwen. With his accomplishments, it's daunting to think that at age 23 he is just beginning his career, and he will grow stronger in time.
Of course, the great thing about cycling is that the sportswear leaves little to the imagination, but in Cav's case, you will really be won over by his attitude, charm and dedication to winning.
Check out Mark Cavendish in cycling and cheer on the man from Man.