Pocket Rocket: The Autobiography of Steve Joughin
‘…an explosive sprint, rather like Cavendish does now…’ – Phil Liggett MBE
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.