It’s Millar Time – Book Giveaway

Saturday, 4 August 2012

I enjoy being sent books for review but this time when the publisher called about the new US edition of David Millar’s autobiography “Racing Through the Dark” I said I’d already reviewed the book when it came out in Europe so there was no point getting another review copy.

Instead they offered to send three copies to give away to readers of the blog. This was impossible to refuse so here’s your chance to win a hardback copy of the book. It’s the US version and includes extras that weren’t in the Euro edition.

What was the type of first bike race David Millar rode:

  • A) time trial
  • B) mountain bike
  • C) BMX

Rules: post your answer in the comments section, don’t email or send a tweet.

Feel free to use a pseudonym and you don’t have to leave your email in the field before leaving the answer. I’ll send the book airmail to anywhere on the planet.

I’ll pick the winner at 9.00am Euro time on Monday 6 August so get you entry in by then. If there’s a tie I’ll use a random function to select a winner.

robin August 4, 2012 at 10:48 am

Mountain Bike races

Anonymous August 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

It was a mountain bike in Hong Kong

Dr Plumbster August 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

Mountain bike in Hong Kong

Jerome August 5, 2012 at 1:27 am

I recon inner ring edited wiki to throw everyone off the scent and am going with bmx

Duncan August 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

A) Time trial

Simon August 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

Mountain biking!

plateface August 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

B – Mountain bike

Richey James August 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

BMX I believe.

Rich Johnson August 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

Mountain bikes.

JJ August 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

B) mountain bike

Tomas August 4, 2012 at 10:52 am


Ronni Dalhoff August 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

B – Mountain bike

dana August 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

it was a mountain bike.

Ben August 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

B- Mountain bike. No?

Nk August 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

Mountain bike (I hope)

SimonH August 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

B) Mountain Bike

936ADL August 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

mountain bike

Hyde August 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

mountain bike

DJMOHAN August 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

Mountain bike.

Seb August 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

Mountain Bike

Ron McDermott August 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

B, Mountain Bike

Mark August 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

B) Mountain Bike

Matt August 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

Mountain bike

Tom August 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

B) mountain bike

koko August 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

mountain biking

Sam August 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

Mountain Bike racing

Tim August 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

B) mountain bike

Brook August 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

Mountain bike!

Gareth Allen August 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

Mountain biking.

wallers August 4, 2012 at 11:05 am


TomP August 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

Mountain bike.

Tintin Antigua August 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

Mountain Biking!

Stuartrc August 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

Mountain biking

Andreas Jensen August 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

B) mountain bike

Jay August 4, 2012 at 11:14 am


Igor Kopse August 4, 2012 at 11:14 am

According to Wikipedia, he started with mountain bike races in Hong Kong.

God bless the internet! 🙂

sinai August 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

mountain bike

Reinis August 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

B) mountain bike

Lee August 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

Mountain Bike

Jo Lewis-Russell August 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

Mountain bike

dsss August 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

Mountain Biking

tagesmann August 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

mountain bike

Millar Minded August 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

Sounds like a great read. He started with mountain biking, but I also like the anecdote about him later on waking up early to ride the busy roads of Hong Kong before the traffic started. I love how the dedicated always find a way to make something happen. Yay bikes!

Wiggles August 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

Mountain bike!

Bickus August 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

Mountain biking! Yeah baby, yeah!

Oslo1993 August 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

Mountain bike

Gavin Blackburn August 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

Mountain bike

dean Sammut August 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

Mountain Bikes

Tom Ashford August 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

Mountain bike

Patrick August 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

MTB- god i love david millar, such an inspiration

Oli Brooke-White August 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

Mountain bike, I believe, like all the best riders.

Angus Macdonald August 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

Mountain biking

Gert-jan Warrink August 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

B) mountain bike

Daveyboy August 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

Mountain biking

Will L August 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

Mountain Bike

Andy W August 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

b) Mountain bike

Andy August 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

Mountain bike

Atanas A August 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

According to wiki his first race was in mountain bike (B) in Hong Kong and “he did pretty well” xD

Bisi August 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

Mountain Bike

Okay August 4, 2012 at 11:55 am


Gustav August 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

Mountain bike

Dave B August 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm


Pliskin August 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

B) Mountain bike

Dave August 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm

b) mountain bike

Cheers 🙂

John August 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

No idea, that’s why I need the book!

Sea_biscuit August 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Mountain bike

DJ August 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

mountain biking it seems to be!

Lotte August 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Am I the only non British reader here? I simply can´t help wondering if you (Inrng) would also support the book sales of Jan Ullrich´s Ganz oder gar nicht, LA´s It´s Not About the Bike, Vinos up comming memories in kazakh about a tough child hood, the Stages of light and dark by Bjarne Riis or not to forget We Might As Well Win by “Mastermind” Bruyneel.

Q: Why the comparison? Millar is obviously a nice (detoxed) bloke compared to the other bandits mentioned.
A: By buying (in your case supporting) their books and letting them tell their stories, they will succeed in leaving the impression that cheating pays off – big time).

Some what hypocritical, not?

Don´s buy the books if you support riding clean – it shouldn´t pay off any more.

Felipe August 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Yes, but by reading it you’re also understanding (in Millar’s case, that is) more of the environment that led those guys to cheat. Isn’t that precious information? From a writers point of view but also from a fan perspective?

Lotte August 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Felipe, off course I am not against selling, buying, reading, writing or publishing cheat biography’s – people can decide for themselves – it is more the hype from Inrng supporting some riders for others – from equal categories (cheats), although (s)he remains anonymous.

Reuben August 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I’m not sure Inrng is making a distinction between the two; from what it says above they were simply offered 3 free copies to share with us. Fair enough, I say. I would love to read the other books you mention; do you know if there are translated versions available? If there are, and a similar offer was made to this blogger, I’m sure the outcome would be the same.

My answer is B, a MTB race

The Inner Ring August 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I’ve reviewed a variety of books, including Riis’s book ( which was sent in by the publisher for review. If anyone publisher wants a book reviewed on here, send it in and if anyone wants to submit something for a giveaway competition, I’ll consider it.

As for Millar, I doubt he’s going to get rich from the book… but reading about cycling from a rider perspective like this is enriching for the reader.

FAQinc August 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

The guy/girl got given some free books to share I see no harm in that.

Cheats are not born with cheating engraved in their subconscious there usually is a story behind it sometimes an interesting one. And the thing I like about David Millar’s book is that he wrote it himself and not used a ghost writer which is a rarity in the cycling autobio world.

Joseph August 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

Hilarious! INRNG gives something away free and someone has to bitch and moan.

Roadie61 August 6, 2012 at 3:48 am

@INRNG: My answer is: B) mountain bike

@Lotte: If we never hear from the cheaters after they’ve re-emerged from their bans, how are we to learn anything? INRNG reviewed Riis’ book fairly recently, and as he says, he’ll review any book he’s sent a copy of. If you were a long-time reader of this blog, you would know that INRNG is an open-minded writer, sharing both sides (or many sides) of a story, allowing us, the readers, to decide for ourselves. Also, those who blog on here are from many countries around the world.

Your answer to your own question is quite shallow. For any of us, by buying/supporting any or all of these books does not make the writer (the cyclist) successful in making us believe that cheating pays off. Does being stripped of GT titles, stages and races make these cyclists feel good about themselves? Does being banned [and labeled a cheat] from the sport they love help their reputation? Does coming back from being banned make it easy to find a new team to sign with? What about salary loss during their ban?

In Armstrong and Bruyneel’s case, the books you mention were written long before the current USADA investigation. These books will potentially become kindling for a bonfire if they are found guilty of this conspiracy/cover-up. Johan’s book will be laughable if the “mastermind” who guided Lance to 7 TDf titles and Contador to 3, whoops, NO 2 TdF titles (?) is slapped with a lifetime ban.
If Lance loses all seven TdF titles, do you think he will feel that cheating paid off?

G Francis August 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Answer B) Mountain Bike

The Ladder August 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Mountain bike

J August 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

B) mountain bike

Molyneux1000 August 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm


Delphine August 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

B) Mountain Bike

bumpby August 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

B) mountain bike

Conor August 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Mountain Bike

Conchuir August 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Mountain Bike is the answer for me

mihaibu August 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

The answer is: C) BMX.

Matty T August 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

b) Mountain bike

theskideep August 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

BMX (in High Wycombe I believe) riding a Raleigh Super Tuff Burner.

ThoreRK August 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

B) Mountain Bike

Felipe August 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm


xyxax August 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm


Peter Lütken August 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Like me, David Millar got into the sport through mountain biking. B) MTB it is

Sharkie August 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Mountain Bike

Paul Cundy August 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Mountain bike

Rolf er ren August 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

It´s Mountain bike

Swimnsteve August 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

B) mountain bike

FAQinc August 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Mountain Bike races in Hong Kong.

C Grade Cyclist August 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Mountain bike.

Thanks for the contest INRNG!!

ronnie peterson August 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Mountain Bike

Kevin Casemore August 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

b) Mountain bike

Greezyed August 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

BMX, Fingers crossed.

TomC August 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Mountain bike

KFrydensbjerg August 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Mountain bike

Jay August 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

b) mountain bike

andydale August 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

B). Mountain Bike

TJ August 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Mountain bike

DCR August 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm


DCR August 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

b) mountain bike

watto August 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Mountain bike

Ryan August 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

B) Mountain Bike

Ian August 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

b) mountain bike

timoftheblues August 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

B) mountain bike

Fontarin August 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

B – Mountain Bike

Chemikal Pedlar August 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

b) mountain biking

great blog by the way, really good perspective

Jan August 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Hi, first time poster – in fact on any forum – but I’ve enjoyed this blog so much over the last month that I thought I would register my thanks to you and all the folks who comment with such passion! It has become a daily read for me.

I’ll have to go with the majority, and say mountain bike,

Cheers and long may it continue.

Noah, age 9 August 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

mountain bike

Owen August 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Mountain Bike race

Jorge August 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Mountain Bike

Angry Elf August 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Mountain bike

Tom August 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Well, it’d be a mountain bike then, wouldn’t it.

DCcxFun August 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Mountain bike race…

Kristoffer Rye Rasmussen August 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Mountainbike on the hills of Hong Kong:-)

Stu August 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

B) mountain bike

Dennis August 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

B – Mountain bike

Dan B August 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm


Justin August 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Mountain Bike

Sam August 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

B) Mountain Bike

Sproz August 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm


OxChris August 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Mountain bike

Oliver August 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Sounds like that question would favor those who have the book. Doesn’t it defeat the purpose?
I’ll say moutain bike despite not having read the book.

Jerome August 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

I was thinking the same thing!!

Sharon R August 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

B – Mountain bike race

queerbec August 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Mr. Millar star.ted off on a mountain bike

Paulos McDoody Dee August 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm

B) mountain bike

Rory August 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Mountain Bike 🙂

chris August 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

mountain bike

Deej August 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm

B. Mountain bike

ave August 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Mountain bike

amelon August 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Mountain bike

Tyler August 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Mountain bike.

Matt August 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

B) – mountain bike

Kenny McCarthy August 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Mountain Bike August 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Davis Millar started with MTB

dan collins August 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

mountain biking

Baroudeur Billy August 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

INRNG – thoughts on the Philip Hindes controversy?

The badminton decision seems to set a precedent for the IOC disqualifying athletes who do not compete their best to gain an advantage later on.

Peter August 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Mountain bike. Thanks for a great blog.

tsj August 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

That would be the popular choice – Mountain bike.

Thanks for a great read.

CyclingIsLife August 4, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Mountain Bike races….

InTheGC August 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

B. Mountain Bike!

pdmalcolm August 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm


Anonymous August 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm


Dave August 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I’m sure INRNG is regretting his choice of question – much too easy!
I have read the book and it is excellent.

Mr Bad Example August 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Fess up, INRNG – this is just a way to find out how many readers you really DO have. 😉

Cd August 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

All of the above

The Inner Ring August 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm

A sort of youth omnium? You must pick which event came first then…

JeanMiFox August 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm

B-Mountain bike

DMike August 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Mountain Bike

alex August 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

It’s mountain bike.

Kim Holst August 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Definitely option b: Mountainbike

Chris August 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm

B) mountain bike

Liz August 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

B) Mountain bike

thom August 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Mountain bike, according to not so reliable sources (iow, didn’t get the info on IR…)

wiganwill August 5, 2012 at 12:09 am

Answer: Egg and spoon. He later tearfully admitted the egg was glued to the spoon but in the end it was all someone else’s fault and he hasn’t touched glue since.

routier August 5, 2012 at 12:10 am


Today’s blog is rather popular…

Jim zack August 5, 2012 at 12:20 am

Mountain bike while living with his father hong kong

adam August 5, 2012 at 12:26 am


Danilo August 5, 2012 at 12:45 am

B) Mountain Bike

Gillian Holmes August 5, 2012 at 1:17 am

B) mountain bike

Eric August 5, 2012 at 2:28 am

Mountain bike.

Lance Reynolds August 5, 2012 at 2:49 am

Mountain Bike.

Myles August 5, 2012 at 2:50 am

B- Mountain Bike

Dave August 5, 2012 at 3:24 am

Mountain bike

Westsiderrider August 5, 2012 at 3:51 am

Mountain bike

adi August 5, 2012 at 4:22 am

A mountain bike.

At least that’s what Wikipedia seems to suggest. And yes, checked the wikipedia article’s history too, to check for tampering 😉

Marco in SoCal August 5, 2012 at 4:33 am

Mountain Bike 🙂

stephen August 5, 2012 at 4:39 am


Robert August 5, 2012 at 4:51 am

Mountain Bike

jobob August 5, 2012 at 4:55 am


james August 5, 2012 at 6:06 am

Mountain biking

Ben August 5, 2012 at 6:18 am

B: Mountain bike

Joel August 5, 2012 at 6:22 am


S August 5, 2012 at 6:54 am

Mountain bike

Andrew L August 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

Mtn bike!

Toby larone August 5, 2012 at 7:55 am


dave munsday August 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

Mountain Biking

Tarik August 5, 2012 at 9:51 am

Mountain bike!

KMcD August 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

Mountain Bike.

Holly August 5, 2012 at 10:35 am

Mountain Bike was the first type of bike race he rode

new kid August 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

D) a tricycle

madhava laarbi August 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

mountain bike

madhava laarbi August 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

mountain bike i believe….

madhava laarbi August 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

mountain bike i believe…

Vanilla Thrilla August 5, 2012 at 11:13 am


George Poolman August 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Mountain Bike

GingerTart August 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Mountain bike

xclc August 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I’m going with the masses and putting down Mountain Biking!

ali August 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

its was Mountain bike.

James Newton August 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Answer: B – Mountain Bike

Kino August 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Mountain Bike

andras August 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

mountain bike

Bomsie August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Mountain Bike!

And, I know someone who refused to sell him a pair of cycling shoes! Surely that makes me a winner??!!

a different ben August 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

mountain bike.

Bussinit August 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I have a UK copy so am more interested in what the extras are, is it worth getting again?

The Inner Ring August 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Just a few more words at the end and, I think, some extra photos.

Buddenbrook August 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Mountain bike!

By the way, the portrait on the front of this book is by Nadav Kander, a fashionable London portrait photographer. A friend tells me that a huge version of it is currently on display in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and it looks amazing. If anyone sees it, can they post a snap here?

Andy Raff August 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

really? I was there few months back and never saw it.
Must head thru soon…

Vitus August 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

B) mountain bike

GatorGene August 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Will the winners please donate the book to a library when you finish reading it, so that I can check it out and read it, too? Thank you.

Serpino August 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm


Leebob August 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm


Calum Mackay August 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm


autourdefrance August 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

B) mountain bike

Andy Raff August 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Mountain Bike

ironinthesoul August 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

B) Mountain bike races.

This is definitely on my must read list. Next on the pile is Half Man, Half Bike though.

EkItaRoe August 6, 2012 at 12:23 am

B) mountain bike

dale weston August 6, 2012 at 1:18 am

B – Mountain Bike

Phil C August 6, 2012 at 1:56 am

B – Mountain bike

Dan V August 6, 2012 at 2:07 am

B – Mountain bike

Jean A August 6, 2012 at 3:08 am

Mountain bike!

Brian W August 6, 2012 at 3:14 am

Mountain Bike

Jii August 6, 2012 at 5:42 am

BMX. He was a junior champion, then his BMX got stolen. This theft was the first step on the path to doping, had he stayed in BMX he would be a monster energy and vodka swilling x-games lout. Instead BMX was a gateway drug to MTB which saw him onto harder stuff like road racing which in turn led him to EPO…..

Erik August 6, 2012 at 6:00 am

Mountain Bike

Pedaling the road August 6, 2012 at 6:15 am

B – mountain bike

diamondjim August 6, 2012 at 7:04 am


Andrew Pickell August 6, 2012 at 7:13 am

B) mountain bike

Barry S August 6, 2012 at 7:21 am

B) A mountain bike.

Cees August 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

B- Mountain Bike (just in time!)

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