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Sportive Pulse – March 11

Designed to cater for both novice and experienced riders the Sportive Pulse is built around a strong social atmosphere with its combination of talks, workshops and rides. Two routes are on offer: a main 50km jaunt (complete with some challenging hills) across the Sussex South Downs and a much more low-lying 25km option for those just looking for a quicker leg stretch; indeed the day is scheduled so that, should you wish, you can take to the road on both or mix in multiple laps…

 

Registration starts at 8:00am at the Duncton Cricket Club HQ (map here) with starts from 8.30 and the final hilly loop set for the off at noon and the last short route at 1.30pm. Mech support and all the usual niceties are included along with free SIS energy drink and snacks at the feed stations. An all-inclusive ticket at £18.00 covers all ride options and full access to the day’s events and discussions.

 

Full details and entry at www.southernsportive.com

 

 

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Books Reviews

Racing Through the Dark

Although subtitled ‘The Fall and Rise of David Millar’ this excellent book in fact follows a far more rollercoaster route than that simplistic linear trajectory might suggest. Opening with the one-time cycling hero at the lowest possible point: alone in a cell and with his personal and professional life in tatters with room only for reflection. And reflection is what this memoir serves up by the spade load.

 

It could be easy to dismiss a book quite this painfully honest and, at times brutal in its examination of the world of pro cycling, as nothing more than an exercise in personal confession and by extension cathartic cleansing. That, though, could be rather reductive (despite the fact that Millar is confessing all) because the arguments that he puts forward about the dangers – and considerable advantages of – doping within professional sports are powerfully put and he is clearly not afraid of exploring the grey areas that even those of a ‘black and white’ disposition when it comes to cheating should be forced to admire.

 

In interview Millar can come across as both intense and somewhat humourless and it’s accurate to say that both those characteristics apply to Racing Through the Dark. That’s not to say that it isn’t thoroughly entertaining – it’s absolutely riveting at times – just don’t expect too many laughs along the way. Some have accused Millar of being naïve in his expectations of future TdF riders competing ‘clean’ but its more a case of him (genuinely we think) hoping that this could be the case. Andy why not? If anyone can articulate the (very) highs of pro cycling whilst also illuminating the darkest corners, it’s Millar.

 

This is not only one of the best cycling or sports books of the year, but one of the best books period.

 

Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar is published by Orion (ISBN-10: 1409114945) with an RRP of £18.99 – available from Amazon.co.uk