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Cutsyke

In Search of Robert Millar

Topical, what with the tour and all that. Even if you're not into cycling it's a damn good read, another one of those windows into another world type books that can't fail to draw people like me in.

Millar was a brilliant climber, King of The Mountains polka dot jersey stuff, cheated out of the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) by those dastardly Spanish folk and a consistent there or there abouts finisher. A vegetarian in a world where steak was the normal breakfast, a Scot who fucked off to France with a single mindedness that wouldn't accept failure.

The writer doesn't get to meet or interview Millar as Millar has disappeared to all intents and purposes, but he does piece together the story very, very well.

There is an email exchange printed in full at the end of the book with Millar.

I think it's worth watching this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNuiGC9H-f8

Which I think gives some context to Millar's character. The author is often a pains to illustrate Millar's awkwardness and antisocial style. Rather than buy into that, I think Millar was just somebody who didn't suffer fools.

If you buy it push on through the open cliches about the Gorbals and try think not everyone reading it will be aware of them, it turns out to be a cracking read.

Only $1.99 on the Kindle stateside and 4 English quids on UK Kindles.

I've read a few cycling books, this is one of the more interesting.

And the Sex change rumours? It was The Mail who went after him...
Late Doors

Sounds great, cheers, a perfect Holiday read methinks.  Had the absolute pleasure Of seeing Millar simply burst up Holme Moss one year, '92 I think, never seen anything like it, he was going up faster than I come down it. Fascinating bloke as well by all accounts, will enjoy reading it
fartcatcher

I think cyclists are far more interesting than your average sportsmen. The access the press are allowed to the Tour de France is amazing, and you genuinely get to see what they are like.

Maybe they are willing to talk more as a result of the long lonely hours they spend on the road.

Millar, Cavendish and Sir Brad all great entertainment value and often painfully honest, especially about their own weaknesses.

Matt Seaton's books are worth a read as well.
Cutsyke

Would also recommend Will Fortheringham's books. Put Me Back On My Bike probably been the most famous. Story of British rider Tom Simpson who died on Mout Ventoux, today's stage, in 67, mixture of speed and brandy in his system.

His Eddy Merckx bio Half Man Half Bike is very, very good also.
bearing

One of my relatives who's now in his 80s was an avid cyclist. On his 70th birthday he got up in the morning and decided that he was going to do 70 miles before his party, only when he arrived at the party he discovered he'd only done 65 so peddled off to do another ten for good measure!

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