The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist

The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist

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What is it really like to be a racer?

What is it like to be swept along at 60kmh in the middle of the pack? What happens to the body during a high-speed chute? What tactics must teams employ to win the day, the jersey, the grand tour? What sacrifices must a cyclist make to reach the highest levels? What is it like on the bus? In the hotels? What camaraderie is built in the confines of a team? What rivalries? How does it feel to be constantly on the road, away from loved ones, tasting one more calorie-counted hotel breakfast?

David Millar offers us a unique insight into the mind of a professional cyclist during his last year before retirement. Over the course of a season on the World Tour, Millar puts us in touch with the sights, smells and sounds of the sport. This is a book about youth and age, fresh-faced excitement and hard-earned experience. It is a love letter to cycling.

'Cycling has always been about a great deal more than its winners, and The Racer is quite a ride' Spectator

Title:The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist
ISBN:9781473521780
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    The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist Reviews

  • Adrian

    David Millar is one of my all-time sporting heroes, and this is his second autobiography. The first detailed his early life as a neo-pro, his rise to be a major British cycling star and then his fall ...

  • Stephen Huntley

    This is a far superior book to Millar's autobiography, and is a genuinely fine addition to the growing canon of quality books on riding. There is still plenty of narcissistic navel gazing and ego-lade...

  • Peter Pereira

    All I can say is this. I read this book in 2 sessions. If you love bike racing (or race yourself like I do) you will have a deeper appreciation for what Millar highlights in this book. While it docume...

  • Jane Van

    One of the best insights into the world of professional cycling you will ever read....

  • Jim Dennison

    The best thing about Millar’s books are their emotion. He’s obviously a sensitive guy and he opens up in these books which makes them compelling to read. This book isn’t as compelling as his fir...

  • James O'Carroll

    I enjoyed the book which accounts his final year as a pro inter spliced with stories from the past but don’t feel it is as good as his first book - Racing through the dark. He also grated on me in p...

  • Chris Wackett

    david millar is my absolute hero and this doesn't disappoint . I am an even bigger fan of his now that I have read this book . it was an audible that I listened to on my daily walk . I am so sad to ha...

  • Jenny

    Really interesting for me as I followed the TdF in France during all the years David Millar participated. Now a fan of his TV commentaries - so knowledgeable and insightful. I think this book would on...

  • Zachary Kjellberg

    I listened to the 9 hour audiobook for my holiday drives. After watching an hour long interview he did with CyclingTips, I found David Millar to be fascinating due to his diverse background, participa...

  • Peter

    Brutally honest writing about how tough life as a pro-cyclist is and how highly strung some of these riders are. "Dave Dishes Out the Dirt" would be a good title but these things needed saying. I am p...