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Pocket Rocket - The Autobiography of Steve Joughin


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    ...an explosive sprint  rather like Cavendish does now...- Phil Liggett MBE.   Read it in two days!.....Get it before it sells out!...Pete  In the late 1970s  before Mark Cavendish was born  a diminuative Manxman with a big heart exploded onto the British cycling scene. What Steve Joughin lacked in stature  he more than made up for with natural talent.  

An explosive sprinter  he was instrumental in smashing the Eastern Bloc supremacy of the Milk Race and leading British cycling into a golden age. When his career ended prematurely  and the thrill of victory was gone  Steve struggled to adapt to life away from the winner`s podium and he turned to drink to help fill the void. A decade later  he was lying in an Italian hospital  fighting for his life.  

Pocket Rocket is Steve`s story in his own words  charting a remarkable rise from teenage tearaway in the Isle of Man to cycling glory and then into a downward spiral  until he hit rock bottom and learned to love life again with the help of his family  friends and Alcoholics Anonymous  for whom he now acts as a counsellor.  Steve Joughin was twice British Road Race Champion and won stages of the Milk Race and the Kellogg`s Tour of Britain. He twice represented the Isle of Man in the Commonwealth Games and Great Britain at the World Pro Road Race. He now lives in Stoke-on-Trent  where he runs Pro-Vision Clothing  official supplier of the Tour of Britain.  

Co-author Richard Allen is a freelance cycling journalist  who writes regularly for the likes of Cycling Weekly. He is the co-author of Elite Performance: Cycling - Successful Sportives.   
By: Steve Joughin
Book: Paperback, 183 pages