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 Post subject: Riders.
PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:38 pm 
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Instead of relying on Wickedpaedia, with no peer group review to authenticate what's written, I suggest purchasing Vin's autobiography"The Full Cycle".

Or talk to my old timer friend Malcolm, he knows Vin really well.

I'm off to read Fignon's book.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:07 am 
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in 1965 she passed the man who was setting the mens competition record and gave him a sweet


that man was my ex-girlfriend's step-grandfather 8) His son (my ex's step-father) Mick McNamara was also a talented time triallist, but never quite reached the achievements of his father.


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in 1965 she passed the man who was setting the mens competition record and gave him a sweet


that man was my ex-girlfriend's step-grandfather 8) His son (my ex's step-father) Mick McNamara was also a talented time triallist, but never quite reached the achievements of his father.


'Twas a liquorice allsort - but not sure which one! Both Micks now live in Scotland.


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Really? :D Is Mick Jr still with Denise? Wouldn't surprise me they moved, I went and stayed at their cottage at Achiltibuie one year - pretty remote :shock: 8)


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Really? :D Is Mick Jr still with Denise? Wouldn't surprise me they moved, I went and stayed at their cottage at Achiltibuie one year - pretty remote :shock: 8)


As far as I know they are still together. I have a friend who sees them when he and his wife go touring in Scotland. They might well be living at that cottage or very near. Somewhere near a Loch I believe? Mick Jnr and Denise were regular competitors of mine in my tandem racing days in the 80's.

Mick Snr of course is a time trialling legend, a real hard man of long distance events - and he could still turn out a decent 25 as well!


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 Post subject: Riders.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:27 pm 
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Achiltibuie.

Very nice.

Been there many times - mountainbiking at Leckmelm, fishing in Loch Broom and around the Summer Isles.

Deleted most of what I said, threads can lose touch with the original subject...hence the deletion.

Let's get back to the original subject guys.

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 Post subject: Re: Riders.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:25 pm 
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I was commenting on the injustice of Millar not receiving any recognition for hs contribution to pro cycling.

a one-off 4th in the tour - same as wiggins. (ok I concede he got KOM as well), but the guy's personality didnt deserve it - he couldnt communicate with either fans or media and publicly made known his dislike of publicity.
Was there ever any truth in the cross-dressing rumours? (happy for mods to delete the latter if its a bit risky)


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 Post subject: Re: Riders.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:49 pm 
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Was there ever any truth in the cross-dressing rumours? (happy for mods to delete the latter if its a bit risky)
From reading 'In Search of Robert Millar' I'd say 'no' but it wasn't exactly quashed by the book.

Regardless, doesn't detract from Millar's acheievements and I'd argue that his road palmeres is far superior to Wiggins (but Wiggins' track pedigree is beyond question and coupled with his road record shows incredible range).


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 Post subject: Riders - Robert Millar.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:46 pm 
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As implied previously the comparison with riders past/present is inevitable, we all do it, but it is fatuous.

Millar was a pioneer, living abroad was not easy in those days (globalisation was not a fact of life), in places a lot of working class guys like Millar had never heard of...coming to grips with a foreign culture.

Much easier for riders today, increased professionalism read commercialisation of the sport, minders, etc. Much easier for Wiggins than for Millar.

Millar just wanted to ride the bike, and he did not want to be a celebrity outside his chosen profession.

What is revealing is his editorship of one edition of Cycle Sport (in 1997 I think) more revealing in many ways than the"In Search of"book.

I've much more respect for those guys - Millar/Yatesy/Sherwen than for any of the Wiggins/Cavendish/Hoy generation (that's not to diss the latter's achievements at all).

It was harder then.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:54 pm 
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Millar is indeed now a woman, he came into my shop today and i recognised him straight away.Thats his choice and fair play.

I wanted to shake his hand and ask him dozens of stuff but didnt of course as thats exactly what he doesnt want to hear.Shame though.

I was just a teen when he was winning stages in the Tour.Millar and Lemond are the guys with team Z that really got me into the whole bike racing thing.

Wow i still cant belive i met her today.


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