Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar

· Hachette UK
78 reviews

About this ebook

By his eighteenth birthday David Millar was living and racing in France, sleeping in rented rooms, tipped to be the next English-speaking Tour winner. A year later he'd realised the dream and signed a professional contract. He perhaps lived the high life a little too enthusiastically - he broke his heel in a fall from a roof after too much drink - and before long the pressure to succeed had tipped over into doping. Here, in a full and frank autobiography, David Millar recounts the story from the inside: he doped because 'cycling's drug culture was like white noise', and because of peer pressure. 'I doped for money and glory in order to guarantee the continuation of my status.' Five years on from his arrest, Millar is clean and reflective, and holds nothing back in this account of his dark years.
78 reviews
Barry McComish
January 18, 2016
This book is a must read for cyclists and non cyclists alike. David is eloquent, interesting and lays bare his soul and character.
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Murray Wason
January 14, 2013
The boldness and clarity with which Millar approaches this book is startling. From his early days on the bike to the twilight of his career he reflects deeply on his decisions and passion for cycling. It allowed me to understand the complexity of the modern sport like no other book i have read and I finished it with a huge level of respect for David Millar. If you like professional cycling but like me you have found it difficult to love, this book will reaffirm the desire to follow the sport and, more importantly, it might make you want to get on your bike.
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Michael Main
April 6, 2015
A beautifully written account of the sport we love. Despite all of the lows, the highs described so acutely by Millar leave you wanting more. Chapeau Le Dandy.

About the author

David Millar was born in Malta in 1977. He is a British road racing cyclist and the only British rider to have worn all Tour de France jerseys and one of four to have worn the yellow jersey. He is now a part-owner of the Garmin-Chipotle team and a key figure of the World Anti-doping Agency's athletes committee.

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