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  • Published: 1 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473521780
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Racer

Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist

A unique and powerful insight into the mind of a professional cyclist in his last year before retirement, from British cyclist David Millar, writer of the bestselling Racing Through the Dark.

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.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473521780
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the Author

David Millar

David Millar was a professional cyclist for eighteen years, and was the first Briton to wear the leader's jerseys in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Giro d'Italia. He is now part of the ITV cycling commentary team and a key spokesman on anti-doping. His first book Racing Through the Dark was a bestseller and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

Praise for The Racer

“David Millar's book takes you inside the sport of cycling while also emphasising the absurdity of it. It's quite rare for a sportsman to be so immersed and yet able to detach themselves from it all ... The parts on crashing are amazing. I felt frightened and sore reading it”

Richard Moore, author of Slaying the Badger

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

Jon Day, Spectator

“What’s it really like to be a professional bike racer? David Millar gives you an unparalleled insight”

Colin Henrys, Road Cycling UK

“A love letter to the simple pleasure of riding a bike, and a very well-written one at that”

Jamie Beach, Bike Radar

“Millar's love for what he did, and the curious world he inhabited for 18 years, shines through his prose”


“Poignant, articulate and at times very funny”

Alasdair Fotheringham, Independent

“This exceptional title is a must for anyone (which includes me) who doesn’t quite understand the psychology of a professional cyclist.”

Graham Watson, Cycle Sport

“A fascinating insight into the life of a seasoned pro cyclist… I doubt that many riders could make such a story as readable and informative as Millar.”


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