By David Millar
WORLD-CLASS CYCLIST, Tour de France level winner, and time trial expert David Millar bargains a vibrant portrait of his existence in specialist cycling—including his soul-searing detour into performance-enhancing medicines, his dramatic arrest and two-year ban, and his final selection to come to the game he likes to race clean—in this arrestingly candid memoir, which he wrote himself.
As a tender Scottish expat residing in Hong Kong along with his father after his parents’ divorce, Millar confirmed early promise with mountain cycling and BMX. clever neighborhood cyclists took him below their wings, encouraging him to be aware of highway racing. Millar proved a prepared convert. Racing in the course of the darkish offers the profitable account of his climb throughout the ranks—first as an beginner after which as a professional, driving for the French staff Cofidis. between his early triumphs have been a number of degree wins within the journey de France.
From the instant Millar became professional, he started to see tricks of the unethical measures that many— perhaps most—of the opposite execs have been taking with a purpose to race on the very tops in their video games . . . and past. at the beginning, he felt that he was once proof against temptation, that he may perhaps win fresh. however the grotesque pervasiveness of performance-enhancing medicinal drugs and the doubtless common angle that condoned it all started to corrode his determination. Racing during the darkish details his eventual capitulation, his next arrest and two-year ban from biking, and his extraordinary comeback as a fresh bike owner who's now doing his utmost to maintain performance-enhancing medicines out of the game he so loves.
Filled with exciting descriptions of the world’s so much unbelievable classes, Racing during the darkish captures the natural pleasure of biking and comprises one of the most shiny money owed of racing ever written by means of a real insider.
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I raced a piece in HK, which concerned sunrise starts off and bus rides out to the rustic parks for chaotic and extremely hilly racing. i'd wreck myself in those, relishing the problem to determine how a lot i may damage myself, and commonly i might end cross-eyed and semidelirious. i used to be very fascinated about biking, and it all started to be recognized in class that it was once my factor. I couldn’t wait to come again to racing in England. in the meantime, that depth earned me a spot at the Hong Kong staff. i discovered myself in Macao one weekend in a gaggle of chinese language athletes, consuming dim sum the evening prior to the race. We have been backed via chinese language triads, who—apparently—loved biking. Our jerseys have been red, with tremendous white chinese language calligraphy embroidered at the back and front. My growth endured, and in 1994, I grew to become part of the nice Britain Junior nationwide crew. yet aid was once minimum. a type volunteer could offer you a experience in his automobile to Belgium, placed you up in a hostel, and lend you a jersey for the race. And racing in Belgium, with its deep tradition of biking, was once magnificent. every thing appeared so expert, and the races have been demanding and enormously aggressive. i used to be seventeen, and that i discovered that if i actually desired to be a professional bicycle owner, then i might need to depart the united kingdom. With one other 12 months of college closing and my A degrees to return, I knew that I wouldn’t be ready to go back to Britain for the choice races. So the GB crew made an remarkable choice to provide me a assured position at the Junior global Championship workforce for 1995, nearly a yr away. I again to HK and used to be stunned to discover I’d been chosen as a prefect and condominium captain for athletics and cross-country. i started my final yr in Hong Kong with the goal of having fun with it and making it memorable. September 1994, Sai Kung. My Hong Kong modify ego. institution had develop into a gathering position to prepare my extracurricular actions, and that i was once now absolutely devoted to changing into a certified bike owner whilst my A degrees have been comprehensive. i used to be quietly convinced that this used to be a walk in the park, even if I hadn’t really admitted it to anyone. biking had taken me over, however it was once nonetheless my secret—I’d stopped attempting academically and didn’t even hassle filling in collage purposes, depending completely on a hopeful paintings collage position, so decided was once I that racing was once my destiny. Dad was once spending a growing number of time clear of Hong Kong. best friend had moved again to the united kingdom, and he might go back there every time he may perhaps, leaving me on my own with town condo, motor vehicle, speedboat, grocery store playing cards, and membership memberships. i used to be flying by way of the seat of my pants. I additionally knew that it used to be my final yr in Hong Kong, and that i desired to reside it to the fullest. up to now, I’d performed good to prevent a lot of the partying that went on, yet I didn’t are looking to go away Hong Kong and feature any regrets, so I set approximately making up for misplaced time. i used to be nonetheless too gauche to have a long term girlfriend—two weeks used to be my record—and with biking so vital to me, women, in all honesty, weren’t best of my checklist of priorities.