“The thing with time trialling is you’re the master of your suffering,” says David Millar, one of Britain’s foremost exponents of the discipline who is now sharing his training tips and advice.
“When you’re in a road race, the majority of the time it’s other people that are handing [out the suffering] to you. And, you know, I love road racing when I’m handing it out. But with time trialling, the more you do it, the more you start to kind of enjoy the challenge of teetering on your redline.”
The thrill of that knife-edge balancing act may be at the core of Millar’s love of time trialling but it’s only one of many aspects that led to him devoting himself to the peculiar challenge of racing alone against the clock.
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David Millar training ahead of the 2003 Tour de France
“I think, originally, it was coming from the British time trial scene. [The TT] was an event that I cherished as a kid and enjoyed. And when I went over to the continent, it became obvious quite quickly that it was an advantage that I’d already worked on my time trialling so much. I’d done so many time trials, way more than my peers from different countries.
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Sharing his expertise
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