During the Port Ellen Book festival on Islay, which takes place on 16 and 17 June, a special event is planned. Brian Palmer from the Ileach and Jeremy Hasting from Islay Birding managed to get Richard Moore to come to Islay. The following article, written by Brian, was printed in last weeks edition of the Ileach:
If this were a cycling publication (and heaven knows I've tried), the above headline would have attracted droves of cyclists to find out how to get a ticket. Robert Millar is still regarded as the finest Scottish (and by implication, British) cyclist of all time. In 1984 the diminutive chap from the Gorbals won the King of the Mountains polka dot jersey in the Tour de France and finished fourth overall. No other British cyclist has achieved as much in one of the three big tours. Robert retired in 1995 and over the past few years has all but disappered, prompting Edinburgh writer and cyclist, Richard Moore, to write a book entitled 'In Search of Robert Millar' (Harper Collins). And at the invitation of Velo Club d'Ardbeg and thewashingmachinepost, Richard will be giving a talk on the writing of the book in Ardbeg's Old Kiln Cafe on the evening of 17th of June, coinciding not only with the Port Ellen Book Festival but also with National Bike Week. Entry is free though we do plan to invite attendees to make a donation of silver towards the Braveheart Cycling Fund of which Richard is a committee member. The event has been generously sponsored by Ardbeg Distillery and the Lochside Hotel, Bowmore and starts at 7:30pm. We also plan to show the 1985 Granada TV documentary on Millar entitled 'The High Life', just in case there is anybody who has no idea who Robert Millar is. Copies of the book are currently on sale at C & E Roy in Bowmore, and Richard will be happy to sign copies on the night. All are cordially welcome to attend.
And sneaking back to the subject of National Bike Week, Velo Club d'Ardbeg would like to invite all regular and would-be cyclists to join in their Sunday morning ride on June 17th. We will leave from Debbie's Coffee Stop at Bruichladdich Mini-Market and cover a modest distance at a comfortable pace, before returning to Debbie's for a well earned espresso and a bun. For more information about either event, please contact 810 653 (evenings) or e-mail brian(at)thewashingmachinepost.net