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Racing Through the Dark: Crash. Burn. Coming Clean. Coming Back.

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andlt;Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;WORLD-CLASS CYCLISTandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;, andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;Tour de France stage winner, and time trial specialist David Millar offers a vivid portrait of his life in professional cyclingand#8212;including his soul-searing detour into performance-enhancing drugs, his dramatic arrest and two-year ban, and his ultimate decision to return to the sport he loves to race cleanand#8212;in this arrestingly candid memoir, which he wrote himself. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;As a young Scottish expat living in Hong Kong with his father after his parentsand#8217; divorce, Millar showed early promise with mountain biking and BMX. Two wise local cyclists took him under their wings, encouraging him to concentrate on road racing. Millar proved a ready convert. andlt;Iandgt;Racing Through the Dark andlt;/Iandgt;offers the winning account of his climb through the ranksand#8212;first as an amateur and then as a pro, riding for the French team Cofidis. Among his early triumphs were several stage wins in the Tour de France. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;From the moment Millar turned pro, he began to see hints of the unethical measures that manyand#8212; maybe mostand#8212;of the other pros were taking in order to race at the very tops of their games . . . and beyond. At first, he felt that he was immune to temptation, that he could win clean. But the ugly pervasiveness of performance-enhancing drugs and the seemingly universal attitude that condoned it began to corrode his willpower. andlt;Iandgt;Racing Through the Dark andlt;/Iandgt;details his eventual capitulation, his subsequent arrest and two-year ban from cycling, and his remarkable comeback as a clean cyclist who is now doing his utmost to keep performance-enhancing drugs out of the sport he so loves. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Filled with thrilling descriptions of the worldand#8217;s most spectacular courses, andlt;Iandgt;Racing Through the Dark andlt;/Iandgt;captures the pure joy of cycling and includes some of the most vivid accounts of racing ever written by a true insider.

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"World-class cyclist Millar examines his tarnished quest to the top of his sport in his stunning memoir, going from an impassioned Scot amateur in Hong Kong to a highly competitive professional corrupted by drugs on the way to victory. He describes his confused youth with his divorced father, smitten by bike riding through the lush parks of Hong Kong. Whether it's the Sydney Olympics or the Tour de France, Millar willingly shares with the reader the tortuous pressure of racing, the burning pain in the legs and lungs, and calls the competition 'intense, excoriating, wonderful.' Unlike other cycling pros implicated in doping scandals, he writes candidly about Michele Ferrari, 'the guru of sport doctors,' and the permissive environment surrounding performance-enhancing drugs, noting some guys pushed the existing limits. Following his humiliating arrest by French authorities, Millar surveys his win-at-all-cost attitude, teams with fellow antidrug racers Doug Ellis and Jonathan Vaughters to campaign against doping through strict adherence, and has an amazing 2006 comeback. Anyone interested in the grueling world of the men in professional cycling ought to read this candid, courageous book of Millar's journey from regret to redemption. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

WORLD-CLASS CYCLIST, Tour de France stage winner, and time trial specialist David Millar offers a vivid portrait of his life in professional cycling—including his soul-searing detour into performance-enhancing drugs, his dramatic arrest and two-year ban, and his ultimate decision to return to the sport he loves to race clean—in this arrestingly candid memoir, which he wrote himself.

As a young Scottish expat living in Hong Kong with his father after his parents divorce, Millar showed early promise with mountain biking and BMX. Two wise local cyclists took him under their wings, encouraging him to concentrate on road racing. Millar proved a ready convert. Racing Through the Dark offers the winning account of his climb through the ranks—first as an amateur and then as a pro, riding for the French team Cofidis. Among his early triumphs were several stage wins in the Tour de France.

From the moment Millar turned pro, he began to see hints of the unethical measures that many— maybe most—of the other pros were taking in order to race at the very tops of their games . . . and beyond. At first, he felt that he was immune to temptation, that he could win clean. But the ugly pervasiveness of performance-enhancing drugs and the seemingly universal attitude that condoned it began to corrode his willpower. Racing Through the Dark details his eventual capitulation, his subsequent arrest and two-year ban from cycling, and his remarkable comeback as a clean cyclist who is now doing his utmost to keep performance-enhancing drugs out of the sport he so loves.

Filled with thrilling descriptions of the worlds most spectacular courses, Racing Through the Dark captures the pure joy of cycling and includes some of the most vivid accounts of racing ever written by a true insider.

About the Author

World-class cyclist andlt;bandgt;David Millarandlt;/bandgt; turned pro in 1999. A champion time trialist for team Garmin-Cervand#233;lo, he has raced in nearly every major international cycling event, including the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espaand#241;a, and the Olympics. He lives in Girona, Spain with his wife and son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451682687
Subtitle:
Crash. Burn. Coming Clean. Coming Back.
Author:
Millar, David
Publisher:
Touchstone
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120626
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
39 photos t-o; 8 color page insert
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "World-class cyclist Millar examines his tarnished quest to the top of his sport in his stunning memoir, going from an impassioned Scot amateur in Hong Kong to a highly competitive professional corrupted by drugs on the way to victory. He describes his confused youth with his divorced father, smitten by bike riding through the lush parks of Hong Kong. Whether it's the Sydney Olympics or the Tour de France, Millar willingly shares with the reader the tortuous pressure of racing, the burning pain in the legs and lungs, and calls the competition 'intense, excoriating, wonderful.' Unlike other cycling pros implicated in doping scandals, he writes candidly about Michele Ferrari, 'the guru of sport doctors,' and the permissive environment surrounding performance-enhancing drugs, noting some guys pushed the existing limits. Following his humiliating arrest by French authorities, Millar surveys his win-at-all-cost attitude, teams with fellow antidrug racers Doug Ellis and Jonathan Vaughters to campaign against doping through strict adherence, and has an amazing 2006 comeback. Anyone interested in the grueling world of the men in professional cycling ought to read this candid, courageous book of Millar's journey from regret to redemption. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , WORLD-CLASS CYCLIST, Tour de France stage winner, and time trial specialist David Millar offers a vivid portrait of his life in professional cycling—including his soul-searing detour into performance-enhancing drugs, his dramatic arrest and two-year ban, and his ultimate decision to return to the sport he loves to race clean—in this arrestingly candid memoir, which he wrote himself.

As a young Scottish expat living in Hong Kong with his father after his parents divorce, Millar showed early promise with mountain biking and BMX. Two wise local cyclists took him under their wings, encouraging him to concentrate on road racing. Millar proved a ready convert. Racing Through the Dark offers the winning account of his climb through the ranks—first as an amateur and then as a pro, riding for the French team Cofidis. Among his early triumphs were several stage wins in the Tour de France.

From the moment Millar turned pro, he began to see hints of the unethical measures that many— maybe most—of the other pros were taking in order to race at the very tops of their games . . . and beyond. At first, he felt that he was immune to temptation, that he could win clean. But the ugly pervasiveness of performance-enhancing drugs and the seemingly universal attitude that condoned it began to corrode his willpower. Racing Through the Dark details his eventual capitulation, his subsequent arrest and two-year ban from cycling, and his remarkable comeback as a clean cyclist who is now doing his utmost to keep performance-enhancing drugs out of the sport he so loves.

Filled with thrilling descriptions of the worlds most spectacular courses, Racing Through the Dark captures the pure joy of cycling and includes some of the most vivid accounts of racing ever written by a true insider.

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