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As the Scotsman from Garmin-Sharp puts the finishing touches on what has been a tumultuous career Fizik, along with VCRC Style Council, is creating a series of commemorative shoes with the rider. Millar has been in the handmade Italian shoes since Fizik first entered the category.
Called ‘An Eloquence of Movement’, Millar will race in specially finished R1 shoes at all of his major appointments through 2014. After he races the shoes are then auctioned off to benefit the ‘Small Steps Project’, a foundation created to help provide shoes, medical assistance and other aid to families and children living on and around trash dumps and surviving by scavenging from those dumps. Rather than simply highlight big victories, the shoes are a reminder of his entire career and the races and things that are important to him. The Paris-Roubaix shoe is inspired by the famous showers at the velodrome to remind Millar of his ultimate goal – just finishing. Shoes for Flanders, Milano-San Remo and many others have already been created and auctioned off. More will emerge as his final season progresses.
If any of these shoes will remind Millar and his fans of his dark period in the sport remains to be seen. What seems certain is Millar’s response to his period of doping – his early admission and the nature of his comeback – should be have been used as a text book for other riders that crossed the same line. Sadly it has not. Using his final season and his notoriety to raise funds for the ‘Small Steps Project’ is another example of how Millar has turned his career around since riding on bread and water. While the cycling world at large seems willing to celebrate almost any rider who has raced doped in the past, Millar may be one of the few actually worthy of celebration.