Cycling might not exactly be the most glamorous of sports but we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of Lance Armstrong.
Now following in the footsteps of the greatest road cyclist to have ever lived is Mark Cavendish who won the Green Jersey in the Tour De France in 2011. That pushed him to prominence in Britain’s public eye and eventually won him BBC Sports Personality of the year – making him just the third cyclist to do so.
In fact his achievement of becoming a road race world champion is something that has been only done once before when the great Tom Simpson took the title in 1965. Britain has often struggled in road cycling, instead excelling on the track – especially in the Olympics.
Cavendish is changing that trend and is on course to become a star in the world of cycling – only time will tell if he can reach the heights of Armstrong.
At the slender age of 26, Cavendish is in the prime of his career and in great position to dominate his sport, making him an interesting person to use as an example for the six degrees of separation theory.
The six degrees of separation theory
The theory states that we are just six people away from anyone in the world through a friend of a friend. That means you can get in contact with anyone in the world via just six people though in theory it sounds easy, making actual contact is hard.
Starting with myself I can link to a friend from university as the first step. He is fortunate enough to be related to the Under-23 British Time Trial Champion, Doug Dewey – Cavendish might want to watch out.
Of course reaching that kind of level you can’t do on your own and his coach Jon Sharples is well connected within the industry. Jon knows the Great Britain track coach Chris Newton who in turn knows the race coach for Cavendish’s new cycling team, Team Sky.
By having Sharples contact Rod Ellingworth I would have made the connection in six steps or fewer to the Sports Personality of the year.
Though on paper it sounds easy making all the connections will be highly improbable. But what if there was a tool that made it easy? What if you knew exactly what to say and do? Would you be interested? Would it change your life?
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