In search of Robert Millar
Author: Richard Moore
At nearly 350 pages is a heroic yet tragic tale of Britain’s most successful roadman who went to the Continent. Second to Stephen Roche in the Giro d’Italia in 1987 he won the King of the Mountains and gave much help to Roche to gain his victory. He was second on two occasions in the Vuelta a Espana in 1985 and 1986, but both Roche and Millar learned that Italians and Spaniards do not like foreigners winning their national races. Millar has the distinction of being the highest placed Briton in the Tour de France when in 1984 he finished fourth behind Fignon, Hinault and Lemond. Millar came from the jungle of Glasgow to the jungles of continental road racing, and after retirement in 1995 he has left no discernible trace, disappearing from view with no evidence of his whereabouts and his life after cycling. You should read the book to find out more!
One more kilometre and we're in the showers
Read February 2010. Loaned to me recently. Great read. Mentions some of the "original" SCU members, like Alex Hendry, the independents, I could go on. Enjoy the review, then read the book. JBH.
The autobiographies of the great and good have a tendency to be either needlessly revelatory or excessively discreet. Better, therefore, the autobiographies of common folk, except for the (often fatal) flaw that they have nothing distinctive to report. Tim Hilton is of the decidedly common sort; how, then, does he write such a compelling book?
``Tim Hilton'' sounds about as innocent a name for a western author as you might expect, until you learn (pg. 63) that Tim is really short for Timoshenko. This book is an account of the peculiar institution known as the British bicycling club, of which scene Hilton was an avid observer and participant.