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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.

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

Reviews

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

Scotsman

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.

Road.cc

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  • Paperback

    9780224100083

    May 15, 2016

    Yellow Jersey

    304 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781473521780

    October 1, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    304 pages

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