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5.0 out of 5 stars No hidden extra's!, 19 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar (Hardcover)
Frankly the fact that Jeremy Whittle has in some way contributed to this book decided me to buy this book. As a Flemih bike fanatic (with however quite a bit of anglophile features in my personality - I am also a fanatic cricket fan...) English bike racers are not top on my priority list. This one is an exception though... The story is well developed, keeps the reader very interested throughout and it is obvious that David is quite a personality and didn't leave the entire construction and editing of the story into the hands of Jeremy, something which sets him apart from most other professional bikeracers' "autobiographies" which are 99% the result of ghostwriters. David's story is amazing, and his career has touched both extreme's of life's emotions. One of the things which struck me most is the slow way the poison of doping is being introduced, and how he develops from a fanatic opposer to performance enhancing stuff (even recuperation drips and safe supplements) to someone who starts to make himself realize it's not all that bad and let's give it a try... The final argument tipping over the last moral barriers is the fact that "everyone else is doing it, isn't it?". The rest of the story is well documented, and in the meantime, David has developed into an experienced, grown up and realistic professional bike racer (albeit with more than one scarr on his soul...) and the performances he achieved since he wrote this book confirm this. He's lucky he met someone like Jonathan Vaughters and found peace, stability and professional opportunities in the Garmin Cervélo Team. To finish this off, the funniest bit in the book is the picture showing David with next to him a shy, smiling little boy sporting an old fashioned racing cap. It's no one else than Mark Cavendish, who would years later turn up in David's hotel room during the 2007 Tour de France, showing David this very picture and getting him to autograph it. Great stuff and highly recommendable read!
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Initial post: 8 Jul 2013 17:46:14 BDT
John MCCABE says:
Just to clarify, in this case I think you mean "Scottish bike racers" ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 20:19:12 BDT
You have a point there. I should have said Great Britain cyclists... that is until Scotland becomes independent I guess...;-)
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